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Max Muncy Los Angeles Dodgers

If this article by Robert Arthur at BP can be shared on Facebook, it can be shared here.

Obviously Howie Kendrick didn't get the memo. But Muncy was shocked and so am I.

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Kevin Kiermaier Tampa Bay Rays

Unless Cole pulls a Foltynewicz, I don't see the Astros losing this game at home.

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Tommy Pham Tampa Bay Rays

Today's Matchups to Watch

  • Tommy Pham vs. Gerrit Cole: 18 PA, .500/.500/.778, 1 HR
  • Aledmys Diaz vs. Tyler Glasnow: 11 PA, .300/.300/.900, 1 HR
  • Matt Duffy vs. Gerrit Cole: 14 PA, .154/.214/.154, 0 HR
  • Eric Sogard vs. Gerrit Cole: 17 PA, .133/.235/.200, 0 HR
  • Willy Adames vs. Gerrit Cole: 11 PA, .000/.091/.000, 0 HR

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Kevin Kiermaier Tampa Bay Rays
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers fans trashed his jersey after last night's game. 

Has anyone ever read / written up something about how effective starters are as relievers in the post season?

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Howie Kendrick Washington Nationals
Jack Flaherty St. Louis Cardinals

Just drilled Acuna with a 13-1 lead.

Yes, I'm still watching!

I hope his mom cringed.

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Josh Tomlin Atlanta Braves

Braves made the largest error by only starting Mike Soroka once.  

John Hobbs Real-Joker

The 4th pitcher of the game secures the third out in the third inning.

Advertisers are demanding a refund.

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Ozzie Albies Atlanta Braves

Another ouch. This is awful.

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Mike Foltynewicz Atlanta Braves

Yeah, that's going to be a long winter for him.

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Historically ouch.

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Gerrit Cole Houston Astros

Set an all time single season record for K rate among ERA qualifiers. 

Top 5.

2019 Cole

1999 Pedro

2001 Big Unit

2017 Sale

2019 Verlander

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Freddy Peralta Milwaukee Brewers

Freddy's fastball averaged 93.6 this year, compared to 90.8 the year before.

That's the biggest mph increase of any pitcher in the majors who threw a minimum of 50 innings.

Virtually every pitcher had some increase in velo and virtually every pitcher allowed more homers per flyball. In Freddy's case the trade-off was especially unfavorable.

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Hansel Robles Los Angeles Angels

In his last 30 games, only managed to collect 12 saves, but...

1.91 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, with ttwo wins thrown in for good measure.

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Kolby Allard Atlanta Braves

Todd Zola, taking stock of this year's -- and next year's -- park factors:

5. Globe Life Park versus Globe Life Field

Was there a less ceremonial closing of a venue than Globe Life Park?
Obviously there isn't a great deal of history, but still. Anyway,
Arlington continued to be one of the best places to score runs, though
the home run factor dropped seven points. There are several factors
contributing to how the old venue played, including climate, wind and
dimensions. Early reports suggest the new venue will play more
pitcher-friendly, though it remains to be seen how that fleshes out. Not
to mention, Globe Life Field will play differently with the roof opened
and closed, and we have no idea how often it will be one way or the
other. Will they only close the roof when it's raining, or will it be
closed in response to excessively oppressive heat? My more than ample
gut says it has to be more pitcher friendly, boding well for Mike Minor, Lance Lynn, Kolby Allard and the rest of the Rangers rotation. On the other hand, temper expectations for batters.

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Baseball Prospectus top ten WARP -- pitchers.

1. Stephen Strasburg 8.3

2. Justin Verlander 7.9

3. Gerrit Cole 7.9

4. Jacob deGrom 7.8

5. Jack Flaherty 7.1

6. Max Scherzer 6.2

7. Yu Darvish 6.0

8. Lance Lynn 5.9

9. Charlie Morton 5.9

10. Patrick Corbin 5.9

Strasberg isn't just at the top of this list, he's at the top with some to spare.

Darvish and Corbin crash the party.

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Mike Foltynewicz Atlanta Braves

In his last seven starts he's been as good, if not better, than the three other starting pitchers today. In 41.2 IP, a 0.84 WHIP and 1.73 ERA.

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Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals

Today's Games (and Probable Pitchers)

STL (91‑71)Jack Flaherty (RHP, 11-8, 2.75)
ATL (97‑65)Mike Foltynewicz (RHP, 8-6, 4.54)
5:02 pm, series tied 2-2
WSN (93‑69)Stephen Strasburg (RHP, 18-6, 3.32)
LAD (106‑56)Walker Buehler (RHP, 14-4, 3.26)
8:37 pm, series tied 2-2

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Elimination Game Records

Stephen Strasburg has already started one elimination game in his career, recording the win on 7 innings, 12 strikeouts in Game 4 of the 2017 NLDS (although his team would go on to lose the series in Game 5).

Mike Foltynewicz's only start in an elimination game came in last year's NLDS Game 4, where he allowed 1 run in 4 innings in a no decision; the Braves would fall to the Dodgers in that game.

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Tommy Pham Tampa Bay Rays

The win probability before Pham's homer was 52 percent?

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Tommy Pham (TBR)

Pitcher: Justin Verlander (HOU)

Situation: Bottom 1st, 1 out, 2-2 count, Bases Empty

Score:  TBR 0, HOU 0

Home Run (Line Drive to Deep LF-CF)
1 run scored on the play, and TBR's win probability increased 10% points, to 62%
TBR went on to win the game, 4-1

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