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Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
Someone I was very right about. Hopefully, he comes back for one more year so his last year isn't a waste on this team.
Kent Ostby Seadogs
Francisco Mejia Tampa Bay Rays

A day late (and a dollar short in March), a tip of the hat to Francisco.

Wednesday, July 21Read in Browser.
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Chris TaylorJosé AbreuFrancisco MejiaLuis GarciaJames Kaprielian

Yesterday's Top Performers


Chris Taylor* (LAD): 3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R

José Abreu* (CHW): 3-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

Francisco Mejia* (TBR): 2-4, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

Jose Altuve (HOU): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Kyle Tucker (HOU): 3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Josh VanMeter (ARI): 3-3, 3 RBI, 1 R

Yoan Moncada (CHW): 3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

John Nogowski (PIT): 2-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Matt Olson (OAK): 2-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Michael Brantley (HOU): 3-3, 2 RBI, 1 R

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Luis Garcia* (HOU): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 8 K, 74 GmSc

James Kaprielian* (OAK): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 K, 67 GmSc

Touki Toussaint (ATL): 6.2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 67 GmSc

Tarik Skubal (DET): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 64 GmSc

Paolo Espino (WSN): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 62 GmSc

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Alex Patton Alex
Thairo Estrada San Francisco Giants

Needs a team change. Only picked him up in one league but looks like he could be useful though the BABIP is very high.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Tarik Skubal Detroit Tigers

And it paid off. Any day now I'm expecting to see the same treatment as Casey Mize is receiving, but the future is looking very bright for Skubal. 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Jeff Hoffman Cincinnati Reds

Hoffman is back, healthy, and just as useless as he was in May. Crushed by the Mets in his first start off the DL. What the Reds could be if the management actually wanted to put a decent pitching staff on the field.

Gary Pekoe drpuck
Alex Kirilloff Minnesota Twins

Out for the season with a torn ligament in his wrist. He tried to play through it, but I guess it's time to pack it in.  I started the season with Kirilloff, Trout, Eloy, and Hicks in one outfield.  Now, they're all on the IL together.  

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Corbin Burnes Milwaukee Brewers

Good matchups this week for ChiSox / Brewers
Peralta vs Giolito
Burnes vs Rodon
Woodruff vs Lynn

Giolito is the only one of the six with an ERA above 2.50.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Max Muncy Los Angeles Dodgers

Max Muncy (2B) LA - Jul. 20

Muncy was removed from Tuesday's game against the Giants with a right shoulder contusion, Eric Stephen of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Muncy was hit by a pitch and went 1-for-3 with an RBI before being removed from the contest. The 30-year-old should be considered day-to-day with the bruised shoulder, and he's also expected to land on the paternity list within the next few days.

Alex Patton Alex
Eloy Jimenez Chicago White Sox

He's the first of the big AL injured players to be making progress in a minor league rehab.  At AAA he hasn't been dominant yet. It looks like a timing issue as his K rate is pretty high.  Overall, with 2 games at A+ and 6 games at AAA, he's 300/364/533 with 2 HR and 3 BB in 30 AB.  11 Ks, though, as mentioned.

I have one team with Trout and Buxton out.

My second team has Trout, Eloy, and Rendon.

My third has Trout, Luis Robert (who begins his rehab tonight), Bregman, and Bieber.

It's been one hell of a season of major injuries to stars, but the light is at the end of the tunnel for some.  Trout is running 90% and will go on a rehab this weekend. Same with Bregman. Rendon is with the team in LA, but he's been on the IL 3 times already, mostly for leg and groin injuries, so it may be an ongoing issue all year.  Buxton is Buxton, so missing half the season is normal, sadly.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Alex Reyes St. Louis Cardinals


1. Brad Brach/Sean Doolittle (CIN) – All three members of the Reds hierarchy have gone in two straight and three of four, but Brach has thrown significantly fewer pitches than Heath Hembree and Amir Garrett.
2. Tyler Rogers (SF) – Gabe Kapler said he wants to get Rogers back out on the mound, and that may be for a save chance tonight since Jake McGee has gone in two straight.
3. Giovanny Gallegos/Andrew Miller (STL) – Alex Reyes has gone in three of four, including a 30-pitch blown save (snapping his 24-save streak to start his career) last night. Giovanny Gallegos, Genesis Cabrera and Ryan Helsley have also gone in three of four, but Gallegos only tossed nine pitches last night. If you’re desperate you can take a shot on a guy like Andrew Miller.
4. Pete Fairbanks (TB) – Diego Castillo has gone in two straight.

Alex Patton Alex
Tyler Rogers San Francisco Giants

The good news for Peter and I in the XFL is we had him on reserve.

San Francisco Giants – With two lefties due up in the eighth, the Giants went to Jake McGee in that spot to protect a one-run lead, leaving the ninth for Tyler Rogers. The reliable righty was unusually awful, however, as he wasn’t close to the strike zone in a pair of walks before he allowed the game-winning home run. The good news for any Rogers owners is that Gabe Kapler won’t hesitate to get Rogers back on the mound.

Hierarchy remains: *McGee | Rogers | Leone.
* = closer-by-committee

Alex Patton Alex
Amir Garrett Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds – The Reds continued to deploy their relievers in the toughest spots on Tuesday, as Brad Brach entered the seventh with two runners on and pitched out of the jam. That set the stage for Heath Hembree to get the eighth with the Mets’ 4-5-6 hitters due up. Hembree gave up a run but kept the Reds in front to allow Amir Garrett to come on and work around a leadoff walk to pick up his seventh save of the season. Hembree had consistently been getting the ninth inning prior to Tuesday and should still be the favorite for save chances, but we’ll keep an eye on this to see if the asterisk needs to return.

Hierarchy remains: Hembree | Brach | Garrett.

Alex Patton Alex
Gregory Soto Detroit Tigers

Closer Monkey:

Detroit Tigers — The Tigers have opened the second half of the season on a five-game win streak, with Gregory Soto earning a pair of saves in that stretch, including his ninth of the year on Tuesday. Soto has the team’s last three saves and if he locks down the next one he should lose the asterisk.

Hierarchy remains: *Soto | Cisnero | Funkhouser.
* = closer-by-committee

Alex Patton Alex
Keibert Ruiz Los Angeles Dodgers

Keibert Ruiz, Triple-A Oklahoma City (Dodgers)—Ruiz turned in his fourth multi-hit game this month and extended his hit streak to five games in a 3-for-5 day. The Dodgers' top prospect finished a triple shy of the cycle, boosting his slash line to .294/.369/.589 with 13 home runs and 37 RBIs.

Alex Patton Alex
Alejandro Kirk Toronto Blue Jays

Ezequiel Duran, High-A Hudson Valley (Yankees)—Duran is having one of the more impressive seasons of any Yankees farmhand, but he had yet to turn in the kind of monster performance he had Tuesday. The 22-year-old second baseman homered twice, tripled and drove in six in a 19-1 win over Aberdeen. Duran is hitting .286/.365/.521 with 11 homers, 12 stolen bases and 44 RBIs.

Austin Hendrick, Low-A Daytona (Reds)—The 2020 first-rounder missed time with a left groin strain and has struggled at times in his pro debut, posting a .189/.377/.358 slash line. On Tuesday, he tallied his third multi-hit game of the season, doubling, homering and driving in two. The 20-year-old outfielder has three home runs and 15 RBIs in 106 at-bats.

Alejandro Kirk, Triple-A Buffalo (Blue Jays)—On the same day he was optioned to Triple-A ,Kirk turned in his best performance of the season, collecting four hits in five at-bats, homering and driving in five. The 22-year-old catcher has struggled at the big league level in 17 games, but has two homers and 11 RBIs in 13 games with Buffalo.

Alex Patton Alex
Keyvius Sampson Cincinnati Reds

@madfriars sez ...


Padres' 2009 draftee out of high school, Sampson made the big leagues for Cincinnati in 2015 and 2016. He's been chasing another shot ever since.

 have released RHP Keyvius Sampson.

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Randy Arozarena Tampa Bay Rays

Randy Arozarena is the first player with no home runs, no stolen bases and 5+ caught stealings in a 20 game span since Dexter Fowler in May 2011.

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Kyle Farmer Cincinnati Reds

41 ABs in July.  I'm not interested in Farmer with Jose Barrero now "batting" in Louisville.

John Hobbs Real-Joker
Francisco Alvarez New York Mets

An old friend invited me out to Coney Island tonight to see the Cyclones play. This is High-A baseball in a fantastic setting, but they have the PA turned up way too loud.

My friend said Alvarez, who was promoted from Low A 10 days ago, wasn't doing much, but in this game he showed not great speed (he's a catcher) and a sweet swing on a three-run homer to the opposite field. I'm happy to bet on any catcher who can hit. 

Which is why I'm sorry I dropped Francisco Mejia last month. (read the box scores)

Two catcher leagues make figuring this out more complicated.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Kyle Gibson Texas Rangers

Kyle Gibson still has a 2.86 ERA. Not saying that's lucky, though it could be. Is the bad game unlucky? Nope. The Xpected stats say Gibson's ERA should be closer to 3.80, which makes sense to me. Unless his last two games show that whatever edge he had has gone away.

It's a tricky game. 

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

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