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Seth Brown Oakland Athletics

What were the odds? The last time Seth Brown faced a lefty he was at the alternate site.

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Seth Brown (OAK)

Pitcher: Jeffrey Springs (TBR)

Situation: Bottom 9th, 2 out, 1-1 count, Bases Empty

Score:  OAK 1, TBR 1

Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF)
1 run scored on the play, and OAK went from a 54% win probability to a 2-1 walk-off win.

View the full game Boxscore at Baseball-Reference.com

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Yulieski Gurriel Houston Astros

Hed said two years ago that his younger brother was better. He lied.

Yuli GurrielDJ LeMahieuJ.P. CrawfordWade MileyZach Plesac

Yesterday's Top Performers

Batters:

Yuli Gurriel* (HOU): 4-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

DJ LeMahieu* (NYY): 3-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

J.P. Crawford* (SEA): 3-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Jorge Polanco (MIN): 2-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

J.T. Realmuto (PHI): 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Bobby Dalbec (BOS): 2-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Isan Diaz (MIA): 2-3, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R

Odubel Herrera (PHI): 2-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R

Austin Slater (SFG): 1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB

Alex Bregman (HOU): 3-4, 2 RBI, 2 R

View All of Yesterday's Batters at Baseball-Reference.com

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Rich Hill Tampa Bay Rays

Nice effort from the oldest player in MLB while Pujols is looking for a team.

Yuli GurrielDJ LeMahieuJ.P. CrawfordWade MileyZach Plesac

Yesterday's Top Performers

Pitchers:

Wade Miley* (CIN): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 8 K, 94 GmSc

Zach Plesac* (CLE): 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 83 GmSc

Sean Manaea (OAK): 7.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 10 K, 79 GmSc

Jack Flaherty (STL): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 76 GmSc

Rich Hill (TBR): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 70 GmSc

View All of Yesterday's Pitchers at Baseball-Reference.com

* - pictured above

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Wade Miley Cincinnati Reds

Thus only two more no-nos in 1917?

Wade Miley No-Hitter

Most recent Cincinnati Reds no-hitters

PlayerDateTmOpp
Wade Miley2021‑05‑07CINCLE
Homer Bailey2013‑07‑02CINSFG
Homer Bailey2012‑09‑28CINPIT
Tom Browning*1988‑09‑16CINLAD
Tom Seaver1978‑06‑16CINSTL

* - perfect game

See the full list of no-hitters at Baseball-Reference.com

Most AL/NL no-hitters through team's first 31 games of a season (since 1901)

YearGames
19175Cicotte, Mogridge, Toney, Koob, Groom
20214Musgrove, Rodon, Means, Miley
19693Stoneman, Maloney, Wilson

See the full list at Stathead.com's Pitching Game Finder

Teams to get no-hit twice in their first 31 games of the season (since 1901)

TmYearGamesOpp Pitchers
CLE20212Koob, Groom*
CHW19172Rodon, Miley*

See the list at Stathead.com's Team Batting Game Finder

* other way

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Max Scherzer Washington Nationals

Am I reading this right?

In today's matchup in the Bronx between Max Scherzer and Cory Kluber, "tickets as low as $16."

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Francisco Lindor New York Mets

Just before the spasm, a "commotion in the tunnel" between Lindor and McNeil.

In the zoom postgame, they played possum.

https://nypost.com/2021/05/08/francisco-lindor-jeff-mcneil-say-rat-sparked-mets-scene/

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Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves

A day on the bench did not cure what ails Freddie. With another ofer he drops to .195. Before the stat feed his BABIP is .188. 

The G/L/F (40/20/40) isn't up to his standard but isn't awful. 

His BB and SO percents (16 and 17) are solid, as usual.

Seven of his 22 hits have been out of play and he's driven in 18 runs.

Maybe nothing ails Freddie. Could be he's been unlucky but clutch.

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Zach Davies Chicago Cubs

Zat's more like it Zach!

Seven scoreless. Five hits, one walk... one strikeout.

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Francisco Lindor New York Mets
Nick Martini Chicago Cubs
Put on the active roster yesterday.
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Daulton Varsho Arizona Diamondbacks

Certainly easier to find a decent OF than a decent C. I'm not sure Varsho will stay up though once people are healthy.

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Wade Miley Cincinnati Reds

A friend writes,  "The record for no hitters in one MLB season is 7. After Wade Miley tonight, there have already  been 4  this year in little over a month."

With all the swings and misses, the true rarity these days is a a Maddux. Smiley threw 114 pitches.

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Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins

Terrible news. Just awful. It seems like every single year.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Daulton Varsho Arizona Diamondbacks

So if you have a glaring hole at C ... would you offer Pavin Smith for Varsho?

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Alek Manoah Toronto Blue Jays

Six-innings of two-hit shutout ball in his Triple-A debut. The Jays rotation has room for both Pearson and Manoah this year.

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Riley Smith Arizona Diamondbacks

Has anyone watched him pitch? He's still available in a couple of leagues. Looks like he's under performing his normal K%

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Josh Sborz Texas Rangers

Three wins, and now a save.

The Monkey is under the delusion we can predict this.

Texas Rangers – In another near-hit for the Vulture Save Watch, Ian Kennedy was given the day off Thursday. The entire hierarchy joined him in getting some rest, though, leading Josh Sborz to convert his first save. He’s probably third in line behind Kennedy at this point, but we’ll keep an eye on his usage.

Hierarchy remains: Kennedy | Rodriguez | King.

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Gary Pettis Detroit Tigers

Our pal Ducks Drooker's column today is about mistakes on baseball cards over the years. There are many good ones, but Gary Pettis's made me laugh. It's very sweet.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Tyler Rogers San Francisco Giants

I chopped the bid in half and Tyler has already passed it in 4x4.

How he does it -- you'll have to ask the batters.

May 7, 2021

San Francisco Giants – Manager Gabe Kapler has effectively placed the committee asterisk on the Giants bullpen, saying Wednesday that Tyler Rogers will be in the ninth-inning mix more often. We’ll keep Jake McGee at the top for now, but he has had a rough time of late, allowing seven earned runs over his previous three appearances (2.2 IP). 

Updated hierarchy: *McGee | Rogers | Doval.

* = closer-by-committee 

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Josiah Gray Los Angeles Dodgers

But there were basreunners (three hits, two walks) and one of them touched them all.

Josiah Gray, RHP, Triple-A Oklahoma City — The best pitching prospect in the Dodgers' system, Gray opened his season by whiffing 10 Round Rock hitters over five innings of two-run ball.

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