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Hunter Dozier Kansas City Royals

And a day later, after 2-3 with two doubles, Hunter is up to .181. On fire. Yes, I own him.

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()
Andrew Benintendi Kansas City Royals

Bizarre call indeed. Angel Hernandez is known for such umpiring. After the game, he was honest about it. He said he couldn't see what happened, but it was his call so he had to do something. He called it wrong. Everyone else knew the fly ball was not caught, except for Benintendi who relied on Angel's call to head back toward second base where he was tagged out. Then, in review, he was called safe. Indians did it right, Royals did the best they could, Angel guessed wrong. "Frustrating," said Francona.

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()
Huascar Ynoa Atlanta Braves

Grand slam to help himself last night.

Huascar Ynoa has more homers and RBIs this season than Francisco Lindor.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Andrew Benintendi Kansas City Royals

What a bizarre call by Angel Hernandez.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Brandon Belt San Francisco Giants

Turns out there was a "fair chance" the Rox would score *6* in the bottom of the 7th in the 2nd game ... FTW! :-)

Howard Lynch LynchMob
German Marquez Colorado Rockies

Anyone rolling the dice here?  if you paid PK/MF prices, maybe you are ... but his 4.13 ERA is now 6.21 (after an 8-spot in 2/3 IP) ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Brandon Belt San Francisco Giants

What's your definition of "fair chance"?  It's only a 7-inning game ... at Coors, I get it ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob

A homer, five RBI in the first inning in Colorado. Giants up 10-0 now, but there's a fair chance this isn't over.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jacob deGrom New York Mets
Chili Davis New York Mets

Easier to fire Chili than Lindor. 

That should calm the talk radio masses for, oh, 24 hours or so.

Mike Landau ML-
Dean Kremer Baltimore Orioles

Claimed him just in time for yesterday's start. May not own him by the time he starts again on Sunday.

Mike Davis BeanCounter
Wander Franco Tampa Bay Rays

If your wondering, the ADL is very much anti dynasty: two years over and out for any player bought in the auction or taken in the reserve draft.

In Wander's case, I have a feeling I would have been happy with both years.

Alex Patton Alex

BA is excited and so am I.

(No, I don't own Wander but he actually came close enough in the ADL reserve draft for me to start to dream.)

Wander Franco, SS, Rays -- What would Opening Day be without the No. 1 prospect in the game, the next wunderkind in a seemingly endless line. Franco starts the year with Triple-A Durham, which gets a pretty interesting draw out of the gate when it faces Memphis on the road. The Redbirds, who were one of the two final teams to take the field (they played Sacramento in the Triple-A National Championship Game, lo these many months ago) have rotation with lefthander Matthew Liberatore, who was dealt to St. Louis in the package for Randy Arozarena. Franco and Liberatore have been teammates in the past, so it’ll be intriguing to see who gets the edge when they meet—will it be the switch-hitting contact machine or the lefty with the dastardly curveball?

Alex Patton Alex
Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels

Really, really fun if you own him. (I don't, but it's still fun.)


MLB HR Leaders


HR
Nick Castellanos 9
J.D. Martinez 9
Shohei Ohtani 9
Ronald Acuna Jr. 9
Kris Bryant 9

Stathead Spotlight: Shohei Ohtani

Most home runs by an Angels player through their first 26 games of the season

NameTeamYearHR
Mike TroutLAA202010
Mike TroutLAA201810
Troy GlausANA200410
Shohei OhtaniLAA20219
Albert PujolsLAA20149
Jim EdmondsCAL19969
Brian DowningCAL19879
Doug DeCincesCAL19839
Leon WagnerLAA19629

See the full list at Stathead.com's Batting Span Finder

Alex Patton Alex
Cedric Mullins II Baltimore Orioles

Haniger seems to pull down. The replay shows he had it in his glove.

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Cedric Mullins (BAL)

Pitcher: Anthony Misiewicz (SEA)

Situation: Top 8th, 0 out, 1-2 count, Runner On 1st

Score:  SEA 1, BAL 0

Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep CF-RF)
2 runs scored on the play, and BAL's win probability increased 40% points, to 74%
BAL went on to win the game, 5-3

View the full game Boxscore at Baseball-Reference.com

Alex Patton Alex
Dean Kremer Baltimore Orioles

Looked mighty good last night. Raise your hand if you got his stats.'


Hunter DozierCedric MullinsJosh NaylorKenta MaedaDean Kremer

Yesterday's Top Performers

Pitchers:

Kenta Maeda* (MIN): 5.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 70 GmSc

Dean Kremer* (BAL): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 66 GmSc

Tyler Anderson (PIT): 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 64 GmSc

Vince Velasquez (PHI): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 64 GmSc

Erik Swanson (SEA): 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 59 GmSc

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

* - pictured above

Alex Patton Alex
Hunter Dozier Kansas City Royals

And with that, Hunter is hitting .162!


Hunter DozierCedric MullinsJosh NaylorKenta MaedaDean Kremer

Yesterday's Top Performers

Batters:

Hunter Dozier* (KCR): 2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Cedric Mullins* (BAL): 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Josh Naylor* (CLE): 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Stephen Piscotty (OAK): 2-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Jorge Polanco (MIN): 2-3, 2 RBI, 1 R

Franmil Reyes (CLE): 3-4, 2 RBI, 1 R

Willy Adames (TBR): 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

Pete Alonso (NYM): 3-4, 2 R

Eddie Rosario (CLE): 1-2, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Manuel Margot (TBR): 2-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

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


Alex Patton Alex
Chili Davis New York Mets

Will he get another shot in the Statcast age? Probably not.

https://nypost.com/2021/05/04/chili-davis-had-weird-feeling-before-being-fired-by-mets/

Alex Patton Alex
Joc Pederson Chicago Cubs
May 4 - OPS for the Chicago Cubs OF
Joc Pederson - .498
Ian Happ - .557
Jason Heyward - .582

To be fair ... Jake Marisnick has now started 5 of their last 10 games, and has a .877 OPS.  OTOH, Marisnick has struck out on fully 33% of his plate appearances ... so you might expect him to join his counterparts in the sub-.600 club soon.

Collectively ... the 4 have struck out 94 times in 269 ABs.
Phil Ponebshek Texpope
DL Hall Baltimore Orioles

I took two hot-shot lefties in the reserve draft in the ADL: one was Lynch, here is the other. What I forgot to consider (tired after a long zoom day) was that prospects count toward our seven-player reserve list limit and when an active player, like Rudy Tellez, got sent down, I had to make a choice: keep a hot-shot prospect or keep Tellez.

I kept Tellez. I kept Lynch. I didn't keep Hall.

We shall see. But isn't it great that we finally, finally have some minor league games?

In lieu of a traditional daily prospect report, Josh Norris is celebrating Minor League Opening Day by highlighting several players he can't wait to see this year. Full stats from prospects playing in the majors are still below. 

D.L. Hall, LHP, Orioles -- One of the Orioles’ top pitching prospects, he’ll take the Opening Day start with batterymate Adley Rutschman for the Baysox. Combined, that’s the No. 2 overall prospect (Rutschman) and the No. 52 prospect (Hall) setting up shop 60 feet, 6 inches from one another. Hall’s command and control have long been issues, but his stuff is undeniable. His mid-to-upper 90s fastball is particularly intriguing because of the life it shows even to the naked eye. When he’s right, he has strikeout stuff and is one of the nastiest pitchers in the minors.

Alex Patton Alex

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