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Luis Castillo Seattle Mariners

Sadly (because I'm an NL only guy), he signed a 5 (or 6) year deal with the Mariners for $108M (133 if the 6th year vesting option kicks in).  Glad for Luis. Total professional.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Francisco Lindor New York Mets

The Mets are in Oakland to play the A's so that's where we'd expect him to be.

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Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals

This is really the last year, right? I mean there has to eventually be a last year. still wouldn't be terrible to go out on a $15 last year.

Main change from last year is the BABIP is .302 instead of the .260-ish it's been the past couple of seasons.

Kent Ostby Seadogs

I was a bit too clever with some of my pitching picks and am dragging along in 16th. Doesn't help that I have six hitters hurt or not in the majors (Tatis, Votto, Sanchez, Beer, Alex Dickerson, etc). Wow, looking at my picks I'm actually kind of surprised I'm as high as 16th out of 20.

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Robert Suarez San Diego Padres

I merged him with a dupe and still no stats. With luck we'll get them tonight.

Alex Patton Alex

Can you investigate how/why no stats again?

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Dean Kremer Baltimore Orioles
Albert PujolsAdley RutschmanRhys HoskinsDean KremerJose Quintana
Albert PujolsAdley RutschmanRhys HoskinsDean KremerJose Quintana

Sep 23, 2022 Top Performers

Pitchers:

Dean Kremer (BAL): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 83 GmSc

Jose Quintana (STL): 6.2 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 70 GmSc

Aaron Nola (PHI): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 8 K, 69 GmSc

Brady Singer (KCR): 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 69 GmSc

Braxton Garrett (MIA): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 64 GmSc

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

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Adley Rutschman Baltimore Orioles

How much credit does he get for the Orioles' pitching? Probably more than a little.

Albert PujolsAdley RutschmanRhys HoskinsDean KremerJose Quintana
Albert PujolsAdley RutschmanRhys HoskinsDean KremerJose Quintana

Sep 23, 2022 Top Performers

Batters:

Albert Pujols (STL): 2-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

Adley Rutschman (BAL): 3-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB

Rhys Hoskins (PHI): 3-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R

Taylor Ward (LAA): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Lars Nootbaar (STL): 3-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Alec Bohm (PHI): 3-4, 1 RBI, 2 R

Stone Garrett (ARI): 2-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Jack Suwinski (PIT): 1-1, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB

Bryan Reynolds (PIT): 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Alex Verdugo (BOS): 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

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

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Taylor Ward Los Angeles Angels

Rotowire:

Homers twice in win
September 24, 2022
Ward went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs in a 4-2 victory over the Twins on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Ward extended his hitting streak to nine games with the pair of solo shots. Ward now has 21 home runs and is slashing .274/.357/.460 in 452 at-bats this season. The 28-year-old right fielder has made the most of his increased playing time in 2022 and has proven that he belongs in an everyday role with a big league club.
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Ji-Hwan Bae Pittsburgh Pirates

Yesterday's Debut

2B Ji-hwan Bae (PIT)

Born: July 26, 1999 (Age: 23-059d)

Debut: 1-3

Others

  • Ezequiel Tovar (COL), SS, 21-053d
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Alex Verdugo Boston Red Sox

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Alex Verdugo (BOS)

Pitcher: Gerrit Cole (NYY)

Situation: Top 6th, 2 out, 2-2 count, Runners On 1st and 2nd

Score:  NYY 4, BOS 1

Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep CF-RF)
3 runs scored on the play, and BOS's win probability increased 32% points, to 44%
NYY went on to win the game, 5-4

View the full game Boxscore at Baseball-Reference.com

Alex Patton Alex

I'm ahead of the Mob but no one's catching LVW.

Doubt Wars NL League 1 Standings as of 09/23/22
TeamPts
1. van wilhoite147.0
2. Mike Lester131.5
3. BoogAlou127.0
4. Rob'noods124.5
5. Foodie124.0
6. Team BB121.0
7. Tanks121.0
8. Rickshaws120.5
9. LynchMob118.5
10. LGM117.0
11. Peru Loves Baseball113.0
12. Roll 2109.0
13. Sloshed Thugs97.5
14. Smoke and Mirrors95.5
15. Scoopy95.5
16. Psalms 293.0
17. Vandelay Industries NL82.0
18. Dan Craig55.5
19. Los Maestros de Doubt54.5
20. Texas Windmills52.5
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Francisco Lindor New York Mets

Maybe Mike Puma is in Oakland. (Eduardo Escobar comment)

OAKLAND, Calif. — Francisco Lindor’s mission isn’t complete, with the NL East race still undecided and the postseason ahead, but he has every reason these days to enjoy his baseball life.

A year after hearing boos in his home ballpark, Lindor is arguably the best player on the first Mets team to be headed to the playoffs since 2016.

“I would like to finish on the top step, but so far right now we are in a good spot,” Lindor said Friday before going 1-for-5 in a 9-2 series-opening win against the Athletics. “The job is not done and I have been healthy, just thanking God everything is going well. I had the broken finger [in June] and it didn’t keep me from playing so I can’t complain. If I start complaining I am an idiot.”

The shortstop entered play with a .271/.344/.454 slash line, 25 homers and 99 RBIs. Over his previous 14 games, he owned a 1.035 OPS, which included a go-ahead grand slam on Tuesday in Milwaukee that provided the Mets with their winning runs.

Lindor’s durability is also appreciated. He has missed just one game this season, playing a demanding position. But when Lindor evaluates the total picture, he might be most impressed with his overall consistency, having avoided what he considers a prolonged slump. Lindor did endure a production drop-off in June (he had a .617 OPS for the month) after getting his hand caught in sliding doors in a hotel suite and breaking the tip of his right middle finger, but he said that didn’t fall into the realm of a slump.

Francisco Lindor
Francisco Lindor
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“People count slumps as 0-for-15 or 0-for-20 or whatever,” Lindor said. “For me a slump is when I go games that I can’t concentrate: I have a plan and approach and as soon as I step in the box I forget it or the game speeds up on me. That is a slump for me.”

Lindor estimates he has endured two or three such slumps this season, but none that lasted more than two games.

“I was like, ‘Damn, I just can’t focus on what I want to do’ and then it goes away,” Lindor said. “I have had those times I am 0-for-10, but those to me are not as concerning as when I can’t mentally focus. Last year, it happened a lot. Life was fast for me. I would step in the box, I would have an approach, have a plan and he throws one pitch and then I am trying to refocus and the next thing I know I am in the dugout.”

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Eduardo Escobar New York Mets

Mike Puma in the Post. Are you really in Oakland, Mike?

OAKLAND, Calif. — Eduardo Escobar resembled a free-agent misfire for the Mets for most of this season, but he may have earned his keep in September alone.

The veteran third baseman continued his torrid play Friday night, hitting a grand slam that helped deliver the Mets a seventh victory in eight games, 9-2 over the Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum.

The win left the Mets with the most breathing room they have enjoyed since Sept. 2, a 2 ½-game lead in the NL East, following Atlanta’s third straight loss.

After a sluggish stretch against teams with losing records, the Mets have begun beating up on such opponents. The victory Friday was their fifth straight over a sub .500 team since the Mets were swept in three games by the hapless Cubs at Citi Field on Sept. 12-14.

Escobar’s grand slam was the Mets’ second in three games. Francisco Lindor launched one Tuesday that gave the Mets their go-ahead runs in a victory at Milwaukee. The homer was Escobar’s seventh this month. He entered play with a 1.062 OPS in September, which followed a stint on the injured list because of an oblique strain. Escobar arrived before the season on a two-year contract worth $20 million.

Eduardo Escobar crushes a grand slam in the fifth inning.
Eduardo Escobar crushes a grand slam in the fifth inning. 

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Spencer Strider Atlanta Braves

Rotoworld:

09.24: Braves placed RHP Spencer Strider on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to September 21, with a left oblique strain. (Strider
will not be eligible to return from the injured list until the final
day of the regular season on October 5. The electrifying 23-year-old
right-hander was expected to have his next start pushed back a few days
due to left oblique soreness, so the move doesn't come as a total
surprise. However, it likely means that he won't return for the Braves
until the postseason.)

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Sean Manaea San Diego Padres

Rotoworld:

09.24: Sean Manaea lasted just 3 2/3 innings and allowed three runs against the Rockies on Friday. (Manaea was decent last week in his return to the rotation after skipping a start, but this was another poor showing for the free-agent-to-be. He
gave up six hits, walked three and struck out just two in seeing his ERA
rise to 5.23. Over the last month, he's given up 19 earned runs in 18 innings.)

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Spencer Steer Cincinnati Reds

Rotoworld:

09.24: Spencer Steer went 1-for-4 with a run scored on Friday in his return to the Reds' lineup. (Steer was back at first base and batting second on Friday evening following a two-game absence due to an eye infection. It doesn't sound like he's
going to wind up missing any additional time over the final week-plus of
the regular season.)

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Julio Rodriguez Seattle Mariners

Rotoworld:

09.23: Mariners placed OF Julio Rodríguez on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain. (No word yet on exactly what the Mariners found in the 21-year-old's MRI, but it had been expected all along that they would play things
cautiously and place him on the injured list. He'll be eligible to
return for the Mariners' final  four-game series of the regular season
against the Tigers if he's recovered by then.)

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Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

New York Post:

Albert Pujols’ name is in the history books, alongside Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds.

The Cardinals slugger homered twice against the Dodgers on Friday, the 699th and 700th long-balls of his 22-season MLB career.

Pujols joined Ruth (714), Aaron (755) Barry Bonds (762) in the ultra-exclusive club.

Pujols joined Ruth (714), Aaron (755) Barry Bonds (762) in the ultra-exclusive club.

In the top of the third inning, the 42-year-old sent a pitch from Los Angeles’ Andrew Heaney 434 feet into the stands for a 2-0 Cardinals lead and his 20th homer of the season.

The wait for No. 700 didn’t take long.

Pujols’ milestone home came one inning later, a three-run shot off reliever Phil Bickford for a 5-0 St. Louis lead.

Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals watches career homerun 699 with Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers, to take a 2-0 lead, during the third inning at Dodger Stadium on September 23, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals watches career home run No. 699 leave the field.
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Jeff McNeil New York Mets

Jeff McNeil (2B) NY-N - Sep. 23
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=15389

McNeil went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and an RBI during Friday's 9-2 victory over Oakland.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: McNeil singled and scored in the second and fifth innings before plating New York's final run with a double in the seventh. The utility man snapped a two-game hitless stretch with his ninth multi-hit effort of September and is slashing .317/.374/.440 with seven home runs, 66 runs and 59 RBI in 138 games on the season.

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