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Dave Winfield Cleveland Indians

Yes, mike! (see Olson thread) 

We were both at Candlestick Park on July 4th, 1978 ... to witness Dave Winfield, from the #4/cleanup spot in the lineup, hit a 1st inning Grand Slam!

My guess is that I was happy, and you were not :-)

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Kevin Cash Tampa Bay Rays
Hunter Harvey Baltimore Orioles

I guessed right!

But it was only a guess.

Baltimore Orioles — Okay, yes, we failed to notice that Evan Phillips got sent down last week, but be honest; you did too. We have Paul Fry at second in line now, but it could also be Dillon Tate, Travis Lakins, Cole Sulser, Brett Richards, or Cesar Valdez. The most amazing thing is that we made only one of those names up.

Updated hierarchy: *Harvey | Scott | Fry.
* = closer-by-committee

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Yimi Garcia Miami Marlins

If I were the Monkey, I'd be putting Yimi at the top right now.

Miami Marlins — In the nightcap of a doubleheader, the Marlins used Brad Boxberger and Brandon Kintzler as setup men . . . and Yimi Garcia to close out the game. After the game, Don Mattingly explained that Kintzler had a fingernail issue that presumably kept him from sending the closer back out after a four-pitch sixth inning. In light of Kintzler’s recent struggles and Garcia’s hot start since returning from the COVID-19 list (0.93 ERA; 11.2 K/9 rate), we’ll be watching this bullpen closely.

Updated hierarchy: Kintzler | Boxberger | Garcia.

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Ryan McMahon Colorado Rockies

The odds-makers at Baseball-Reference gave the Rocks a 14 percent chance of winning when McMahon, 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, stepped to the plate. That seems generous.

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Ryan McMahon (COL)

Pitcher: Ty Buttrey (LAA)

Situation: Bottom 9th, 1 out, 1-1 count, Bases Empty

Score:  LAA 4, COL 3

Home Run (Line Drive to Deep LF)
1 run scored on the play, and COL's win probability increased 46% points, to 60%
COL went on to win the game, 8-4

View the full game Boxscore at

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Brandon Woodruff Milwaukee Brewers

He had it going last night but was fought to a 0-0 draw by Jon Lester and Craig Kimbrel during the seven innings that he was in there. The Brewers pushed a run across in the bottom of the ninth and find themselves a mere two games under .500.

"If we can find a way to sneak into this postseason," said Ryan Braun, who hit the game-ending sac fly, " I certainly wouldn't want to face (Woodruff) and Corbin in the first two games of a series."

Burnes won his game 19-0 on Wednesday.

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Yesterday's Top Performers


Brandon Woodruff* (MIL): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 12 K, 87 GmSc

Luis Castillo* (CIN): 9.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 82 GmSc

Gerrit Cole (NYY): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 9 K, 81 GmSc

Aaron Nola (PHI): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 10 K, 81 GmSc

Kenta Maeda (MIN): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 K, 74 GmSc

View All of Yesterday's Pitchers at

* - pictured above

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Nathaniel Lowe Tampa Bay Rays

You know what? This FAAB thing is really unfair. In the Covid Dreams, the teams at the top of the standings still have plenty of money to scarf up players like Nate Lowe. The teams at the bottom of the standings -- me, for instance -- are broke.

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Yesterday's Top Performers


Luke Voit* (NYY): 3-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R

Marcell Ozuna* (ATL): 5-6, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R

Nate Lowe* (TBR): 3-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

Wilson Ramos (NYM): 3-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R

Adalberto Mondesi (KCR): 1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB

Michael Conforto (NYM): 2-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R

Andrew McCutchen (PHI): 3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Juan Soto (WSN): 2-3, 3 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB

Charlie Blackmon (COL): 2-4, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 R

Yan Gomes (WSN): 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

View All of Yesterday's Batters at

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Stefan Crichton Arizona Diamondbacks

The new head of the committee in Arizona. We should get his stats tomorrow.

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Kevin Ginkel Arizona Diamondbacks

Baseball's cruel. So is the Monkey.

Arizona Diamondbacks — On September 8, Torey Lovullo called Kevin Ginkel his closer “for the time being,” saying that the young righty was throwing the ball well. Three days later, Ginkel’s still closing — the car door, on his way to Scottsdale — while Lovullo nitpicks his fastball command to the press. This bullpen is best avoided, but what saves may come are likely to be split among Stefan Crichton, lefty Travis Bergen, and Junior Guerra, with proven closer Hector Rondon and his 7.98 ERA a little behind. Crichton got the first shot Friday night and converted.

Updated hierarchy: *Crichton | Bergen | Guerra.
* = closer-by-committee

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Codi Heuer Chicago White Sox

Turns out he's a flame-slinger. And it's very, very effective. Why hasn't Baseball America profiled him in one of its prospect reports?

Why don't we have his excellent stats in Double-A last year?

Fangraphs has them. Nine saves, a 1.84 ERA in 22 games. He's not a fluke.

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Wilson Ramos New York Mets

The No. 2 hitter knocked in four, the cleanup hitter knocked in four and the No, 9 hitter (the catcher, not the pitcher) knocked in four, as the Mets thrashed the Blue Jays in Buffalo.

The home team managed five hits and one double, the visitors 19 hits, four doubles and three dingers.

The Mets chased Anderson in the third while deGrom sailed through six. Erasmo Ramirez protected a 17-run lead for the save.

The NL has crept ahead of the AL on the interleague scorecard, 108-107. The run differential, thanks to games like last night is 1058-1011.

I wonder if there's anything to that? Any particular reason why the NL wins the blowouts?

The DH was not a reason last night. Pete Alonso went 0-for-5.

Alex Patton Alex
Jeimer Candelario Detroit Tigers

Years ago I suggested to Alex that he add some mechanism for upvoting excellent posts, like Pancho's. He thought it was a bad idea, for good reasons I think, but still, Pancho deserves something. 

Well done!

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Matt Olson Oakland Athletics

I was there -- 4th of July 1978.

mike fenger mike

And "Pound Town" again! ... a true "cleanup hitter" moment (ie. 1st inning Grand Slam by the #4 hitter) ... I remember Dave Winfield doing this for Padres vs Giants, back in the day ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Ronald Acuna Atlanta Braves

Rats, Padres/Giants game tonight just postponed ... has look&feel of COVID related :-(

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Dallas Keuchel Chicago White Sox

I dealt Giolito and then I lost Keuchel, who was my number two due to back spasms.  My pitching lead is already closing in ERA/Ratio after Skubal's outing and Yarbrough's return this week.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Matt Olson Oakland Athletics
Andrew Triggs San Francisco Giants

Triggs is the scheduled starting pitcher tonight against the Rays. If he pitches well, he'll be claimed by someone (probably me) on Monday in the Covid Dreams.

Every pitcher in the Red Sox rotation will be available on Monday.

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Jake Arrieta Philadelphia Phillies

Arrieta scuffled against these three batters yeterday, giving up two hits and two walks, but left the game in the sixth leading 6-3.

And then...

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Starling Marte (MIA)

Pitcher: Brandon Workman (PHI)

Situation: Bottom 8th, 2 out, 1-0 count, Bases Loaded

Score:  PHI 6, MIA 3

Double to RF (Line Drive to Deep RF Line)
3 runs scored on the play, and MIA's win probability increased 45% points, to 58%
MIA went on to win the game, 7-6

View the full game Boxscore at

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