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Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins

Buxton has already made a number of incredible diving catches as well as a few leaps to rob doubles, if not homers, at the top of the fence.

I said it on Opening Day. The caveat still applies.

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Jesse Winker Cincinnati Reds

I'm not really sure what this is, but it seems a cool reason for a comment :-)

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Adley Rutschman Baltimore Orioles
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Anderson Jose Espinoza San Diego Padres

Needs a team change ... to Padres in 2016 :-)

Will start the season at A+ Ft Wayne

See my comment from 2019 for summary of what's happened to this kid since 2016 ... and there's still hope!

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Fernando Tatis Jr. San Diego Padres

A dWAR = -0.3 ... not pretty, so far!

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Joely Rodriguez Texas Rangers

If Joely is available in your league, get him.


1. Jeurys Familia – Even if Edwin Diaz’s back is fine, he’ll certainly be down today after pitching back to back over the weekend. Trevor May did the same, so maybe we’ll see Familia in the 9th again tonight.
2. Joely Rodriguez – Ian Kennedy has gone back to back and three of four.
3. Rex Brothers – Craig Kimbrel, Andrew Chafin, and Dan Winkler are all gassed, so it’s last man standing for the Cubs tonight, with Brothers likely the best option. 

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Nick Madrigal Chicago White Sox
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Rafael Montero Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners – Facing the Angels’ 3-4-5 hitters, the Mariners turned to Kendall Graveman in the 8th, then handed the 9th back to Rafael Montero, who locked down the save. Given the lineup implications, we’re going to leave Graveman and his 0.00 ERA at the top of this committee for now.

Hierarchy remains: *Graveman | Montero | Middleton.
* = closer-by-committee

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Mychal Givens Colorado Rockies

The window inching up.

Colorado Rockies – Having been used sparingly in recent weeks, the Rockies went to closer Daniel Bard in a tie game in the 8th inning on Sunday. Bard seemed to have good stuff, hitting 99 on the gun, but the result was a disastrous outing that ballooned his ERA to 9.00. After the game, Bard said he had to look at sequencing and/or whether he’s tipping pitches, but we have to think that he’s on shaky ground right now. Mychal Givens is the likely handcuff.

Hierarchy remains: Bard | Givens | Stephenson.

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Carson Kelly Arizona Diamondbacks

What a start this season for Carson Kelly ... .487 OBP!  And 0.4 dWAR!

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Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins

Don't forget about dWAR ... he's got 0.5 of that already!

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Jordan Romano Toronto Blue Jays

Strangely, Doug Dennis dropped Romano last night in the XFL.

Toronto Blue Jays – Rafael Dolis got the final out of a 5-run game, but since the bases were loaded when he entered, that was good enough for his third save of the season. This continues to look like a committee. 

Hierarchy remains: *Romano | Dolis | Chatwood.
* = closer-by-committee

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Jeurys Familia New York Mets

The Monkey this morning.

May 3, 2021

New York Mets – Edwin Diaz gave up the game-tying home run, and then didn’t, but had to come out of the game before throwing another pitch due to a sore back. He’s being reevaluated today, and if he needs to miss any time, Trevor May is the likely candidate for saves, though Jeurys Familia (who got the 1-out save after Diaz came out) has also been excellent so far this season. If Diaz needs to miss time, we’ll follow up with an alert.

Updated hierarchy: Diaz | May | Familia.

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Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins

Has Buxton really been better than deGrom?

I think he has.

WAR Leaders

NL Position Players

Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL)1.7
Trea Turner (WSN)1.7
Carson Kelly (ARI)1.6

NL Pitchers

Jacob deGrom (NYM)2.1
Brandon Woodruff (MIL)1.5
Kevin Gausman (SFG)1.4

AL Position Players

Byron Buxton (MIN)2.4
Mike Trout (LAA)2.0
J.D. Martinez (BOS)1.7

AL Pitchers

John Means (BAL)1.7
Gerrit Cole (NYY)1.7
Shane Bieber (CLE)1.7
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Corey Kluber New York Yankees

The Tigers never adjusted. They spent the whole game thinking he would throw a fastball. A pitiful effort top to bottom.

Nick CastellanosAJ PollockMatt BeatyCorey KluberMax Scherzer

Yesterday's Top Performers


Corey Kluber* (NYY): 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 10 K, 87 GmSc

Max Scherzer* (WSN): 9.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 9 K, 82 GmSc

Julio Urias (LAD): 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 10 K, 75 GmSc

Carlos Martinez (STL): 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 73 GmSc

Justus Sheffield (SEA): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 69 GmSc

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* - pictured above

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Matt Beaty Los Angeles Dodgers

His swing isn't pretty but the results are.

Nick CastellanosAJ PollockMatt BeatyCorey KluberMax Scherzer

Yesterday's Top Performers


Nick Castellanos* (CIN): 5-6, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R

AJ Pollock* (LAD): 3-6, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 2 R

Matt Beaty* (LAD): 4-6, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R

Kris Bryant (CHC): 3-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Ian Happ (CHC): 3-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

Jacob Nottingham (MIL): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

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

Chris Taylor (LAD): 3-3, 5 R

Matt Olson (OAK): 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Luis Arraez (MIN): 3-4, 1 RBI, 3 R

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Francisco Lindor New York Mets

Those are rough numbers, BABIP or no BABIP. 52% GB seems crazy high.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Daulton Varsho Arizona Diamondbacks

He's up with 4h and 4r in first 9 AB.  Should go for alot tonight in my NL that doesn't have a minors component.

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Alec Bettinger Milwaukee Brewers

I think he set an all-time record for gophers in the first inning of the first game.

But... he's up from the depths! He's played in the majors. Tomorrow we should see the carnage.

Alec Bettinger, RHP, Brewers — Bettinger made his MLB debut on Sunday, but the Dodgers were not exactly friendly to Milwaukee’s starter. Bettinger gave up 11 runs in just four innings on 11 hits. He left the game with a 24.75 ERA and a .500 opponents batting average.

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Emmanuel Clase Cleveland Indians

Emmanuel Clase, RHP, Indians — Clase’s ERA remains a perfect 0.00 as he threw one scoreless inning on Sunday. Clase topped out at 102 mph on Sunday. His 84 100+ mph pitches is already far and away the most by an Indians pitcher in the Statcast era. The rest of Cleveland’s pitching staff has 14 100+ mph pitches since 2008.

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