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Brent Suter Milwaukee Brewers

Who do the Twins play if they finish behind the White Sox?

Alex Patton Alex

On the second to last Monday this highly irregular season:

AL Standings

EastWLGBWL%
TBR3017--.638
TOR26203.5.565
NYY26214.0.553
BAL20269.5.435
BOS173113.5.354
 
CentralWLGBWL%
CHW3016--.652
MIN30181.0.625
CLE26214.5.553
DET202610.0.435
KCR202811.0.417
 
WestWLGBWL%
OAK2917--.630
HOU23246.5.489
SEA21258.0.457
LAA202810.0.417
TEX173012.5.362

Full Standings

Most Likely Playoff Scenario 
Division Winners: CHW, OAK, TBR
Wild Cards: MIN, NYY, HOU, CLE, TOR
See Full Playoff Odds

NL Standings

EastWLGBWL%
ATL2819--.596
MIA23213.5.523
PHI23224.0.511
NYM21267.0.447
WSN172810.0.378
 
CentralWLGBWL%
CHC2820--.583
STL20204.0.500
MIL20246.0.455
CIN21266.5.447
PIT143012.0.318
 
WestWLGBWL%
LAD3314--.702
SDP31172.5.646
SFG232410.0.489
COL212511.5.457
ARI173116.5.354

Full Standings

Most Likely Playoff Scenario 
Division Winners: LAD, ATL, CHC
Wild Cards: SDP, STL, PHI, MIA, SFG
See Full Playoff Odds

Postseason Races

ALWLGB
CHWC3016+4.5
TBRE3017+4.0
OAKW2917+3.5
MINC3018+3.5
TORE2620+0.5
CLEC2621--
NYYE2621--
HOUW23243.0
SEAW21254.5
BALE20265.5
DETC20265.5
LAAW20286.5
KCRC20286.5
TEXW17309.0
BOSE17319.5

Most Likely Playoff Scenario 
Division Winners: CHW, OAK, TBR
Wild Cards: MIN, NYY, HOU, CLE, TOR

 
NLWLGB
LADW3314+10.0
SDPW3117+7.5
ATLE2819+5.0
CHCC2820+4.5
MIAE2321+1.5
PHIE2322+1.0
STLC2020+0.5
SFGW2324--
COLW21251.5
MILC20241.5
CINC21262.0
NYME21262.0
WSNE17285.0
ARIW17316.5
PITC14307.5

Most Likely Playoff Scenario 
Division Winners: LAD, ATL, CHC
Wild Cards: SDP, STL, PHI, MIA, SFG

division leaders in bold, Full Standings

See Full Playoff Odds


Alex Patton Alex
Jonathan Stiever Chicago White Sox

The other player who debuted yesterday.

I claimed him this morning. Might be the TBD for the White Sox in a big game against the Twins on Thursday?

Yes, it's that desperate.

Not for the White Sox, though. In fact, how big is this series, really? I'm sure they'd love to finish ahead of the Twins but does it matter?

Alex Patton Alex

A commenter at madfriars.com noticed this ...

Maybe just a moment in time but a playoff oddity if the season ended today:

AL matchups:

CWS (#1) vs. CLEV (#8) ... AL Central match-up

TB (#2) vs. NYY (#7) ... AL East match-up

OAK (#3) vs. HOU (#6) ... AL West match-up

NL match-ups:

LAD (#1) vs. SF (#8) ... NL West match-up

ATL (#2) vs. PHIL (#7) .. NL East match-up

CUBS (#3) vs. STL (#6) ... NL Central match-up

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Braxton Garrett Miami Marlins

He's up from the depths, so we should get his stats tomorrow.

Yesterday's Debut

P Braxton Garrett (MIA)

Born: August 5, 1997 (Age: 23-039d)

Baseball America Prospect Rank: #76 in 2017

Drafted: Drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 1st round (7th) of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft from Florence HS (Florence, AL).

Debut: 5.0 ip, 1 er, 6 k, 2 bb

Others

  • Jonathan Stiever (CHW), P, 23-124d
Alex Patton Alex
Alec Mills Chicago Cubs

B-R needs a new hat on Sunshine!

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Ian Anderson Atlanta Braves

I merged two Ian Andersons. Hopefully tomorrow.

Alex Patton Alex
Alec Mills Chicago Cubs

A walk-on at Tennessee-Martin, Round 22 pick by the Royals eight years ago, Tommy John surgery in 2013...


Hunter DozierChris TaylorEugenio SuarezAlec MillsMike Clevinger

Yesterday's Top Performers

Pitchers:

Alec Mills* (CHC): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 89 GmSc

Mike Clevinger* (SDP): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 79 GmSc

Brad Keller (KCR): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 78 GmSc

Lance Lynn (TEX): 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 10 K, 75 GmSc

Sixto Sanchez (MIA): 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 68 GmSc

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

* - pictured above

Stathead Spotlight: Alec Mills

Most recent no-hitters with 5 strikeouts or fewer

PlayerDateTmOppSO
Alec Mills2020‑09‑13CHCMIL5
Henderson Alvarez III2013‑09‑29MIADET4
Justin Verlander2011‑05‑07DETTOR4
Francisco Liriano2011‑05‑03MINCHW2
Dwight Gooden1996‑05‑14NYYSEA5

See the search at Stathead.com's Player Game Finder

Least swinging strikes in a no-hitter (since 1988 when pitch data is first consistently available)

NamePrfctYearDateTmOppStS
Dallas BradenY2010May 9OAKTBR5
Alec Mills2020Sep 13CHCMIL5
Mark BuehrleY2009Jul 23CHWTBR6
Henderson Alvarez III2013Sep 29MIADET6
Al Leiter1996May 11FLACOL8
Derek Lowe2002Apr 27BOSTBD8
Roy HalladayY2010May 29PHIFLA8

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

Alex Patton Alex
Ian Anderson Atlanta Braves

Stats aren't showing for him?

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Luke Voit New York Yankees

Ken Davidson in the Post:

Let’s winnow down Saturday’s ballgame at Yankee Stadium to a single word: 

Losable.

When you commit three errors, when you go 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, when your guy hits the ball the hardest of anyone and it’s an out, when their guy drives in a run with a blooper … stir, add bourbon and go drown your socially distanced sorrows.

And with all that, the Yankees are stirring. Voit's walk-off sac fly brought them their fourth straight win, the last three over the Orioles, who are suddenly no threat for the last wild card, even if they win today.

“Obviously it was a tough slog there for a couple of weeks,” Boone said, “but guys are starting to gain a little bit of confidence and hopefully we can go finish off a really good series into the off day [Monday].”

https://nypost.com/2020/09/13/yankees-winning-losable-games-again-just-in-the-nick-of-time/

Alex Patton Alex
Jason Heyward Chicago Cubs

Heyward against Hader. What were the odds?

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Jason Heyward (CHC)

Pitcher: Josh Hader (MIL)

Situation: Top 9th, 1 out, 1-2 count, Runners On 1st and 3rd

Score:  MIL 2, CHC 0

Home Run (Line Drive to Deep CF-RF)
3 runs scored on the play, and CHC's win probability increased 63% points, to 81%
CHC went on to win the game, 4-2

View the full game Boxscore at Baseball-Reference.com

Alex Patton Alex
Ian Anderson Atlanta Braves

Passed another test for a rookie hurler:  bounced back big after his first rough outing.

We should get his stats tomorrow.


José AbreuBryce HarperJesus AguilarIan AndersonJordan Montgomery

Yesterday's Top Performers

Pitchers:

Ian Anderson* (ATL): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 9 K, 81 GmSc

Jordan Montgomery* (NYY): 5.2 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 9 K, 69 GmSc

Kyle Hendricks (CHC): 7.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 66 GmSc

Dakota Hudson (STL): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 4 BB, 4 K, 66 GmSc

Justus Sheffield (SEA): 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 7 K, 63 GmSc

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

Alex Patton Alex
Adalberto Mondesi Kansas City Royals

If he can touch 'em all and swipe a bag today, he will be the first player ever (or since 1901) to do that in four straight games.

Bobby Abreu is the only other player to do that in three straight.

Alex Patton Alex
Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox

His 22-game hitting streak ended on Friday. He's glad he didn't take the day off.


José AbreuBryce HarperJesus AguilarIan AndersonJordan Montgomery

Yesterday's Top Performers

Batters:

José Abreu* (CHW): 4-4, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R

Bryce Harper* (PHI): 3-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R

Jesus Aguilar* (MIA): 3-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R

Didi Gregorius (PHI): 2-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Jose Marmolejos (SEA): 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Ty France (SEA): 3-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Jose Ramirez (CLE): 2-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB

Marcus Semien (OAK): 2-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Jared Walsh (LAA): 2-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Adalberto Mondesi (KCR): 2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB

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


Alex Patton Alex
Jesse Hahn Kansas City Royals

This is why we love the Monkey. He really pays attention.

VULTURE SAVE WATCH
Today
1. Will Smith/Chris Martin – Mark Melancon and Shane Greene have both pitched in three in a row. Will Smith has gone in two in a row and the Braves might be cautious with him since he missed the start of the season with an injury
2. Mychal Givens – Daniel Bard has pitched in two straight, throwing a total of 36 pitches.
3. Jesse Hahn – Greg Holland has appeared in two straight and four of five. Scott Barlow has also appeared in two straight, throwing a total of 46 pitches. Hahn has appeared in two straight also but only threw 5 pitches yesterday.
4. Felix Pena – Ty Buttrey has pitched in three games in a row.
5. Devin Williams/Alex Claudio – Josh Hader has pitched in two straight, including a 26 pitch blown save yesterday. Devin Williams has also pitched in two straight but has thrown fewer pitches so he might be available.

Alex Patton Alex
Craig Kimbrel Chicago Cubs

It was his second save but the Monkey's right he's been awfully good this month: five games, 5 IP, 3 hits, no walks, 9 strikeouts, along with no runs.

Chicago Cubs – Jeremy Jeffress and Rowan Wick got the day off yesterday as predicted by the vulture save watch and Craig Kimbrel was able to convert the save chance after the Cubs took the lead in the top of the 9th.  This was Kimbrel’s first save of the season and he hasn’t allowed a run yet in September.  

Hierarchy remains: Jeffress | Wick | Kimbrel.

Alex Patton Alex
Kenley Jansen Los Angeles Dodgers

When we get the stat feed, we won't be looking at a 1.96 ERA and .98 WHIP for Kenley. His BABIP won't be .231. His earnings won't be $12 and $7.

The AL ran the table last night and the Astros' five-run rally in the ninth inning in Dodger Stadium was the capper. AL now leads in interleague play, 112-108. NL continues with a big lead in runs scored, 1074-1040.

Alex Patton Alex
Victor Robles Washington Nationals

My daughter's 13U softball team is part of the RBI program.*  The Nats are their sponsor so they have Nats jerseys - actual button front youth size and S adult jerseys.    She got #16. They also were issued snap back Nats hats.

*We are not part of the inner city.  We are part of a very diverse suburban county outside Washington, DC.  Their school is like the United Nations.  The team, though, is eight white girls out of 13.

Although the jerseys are fancier and being sponsored by the Nats is nice - they have better catching equipment than they've ever had before, I thought it was quaint when they had softball tanks with local sponsors. Our first year, one team had Giant Food (Royal Ahold a multinational that owns Stop-and-Shop in NY and Giant in DC among others).  We had a solo practitioner divorce lawyer as our sponsor.  A few of the parents joked that we sponsored by Chico's Bail Bonds.

Camille had previously always tried to get #13 for Manny Machado. This year, the numbers began at #15 and went up.  I said go for #16 for Robles.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Dave Winfield Cleveland Indians

Funny story, I was with a big group (maybe 10 or 12 folks; BTW, I don't think it was a night game) and we were just getting to our seats when Winfield hit the home run. I was indeed rooting for the Giants, but I was a big Winfield fan so I was a little conflicted.

mike fenger mike

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