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Chi-Chi Gonzalez Colorado Rockies

Top five Games Scores yesterday:

Reynaldo Lopez* (CHW): 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 9 K, 1 BB, 76 GmSc

Hyun-Jin Ryu* (LAD): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 0 BB, 74 GmSc

Steven Matz (NYM): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 7 K, 5 BB, 70 GmSc

Trent Thornton (TOR): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 8 K, 4 BB, 69 GmSc

Chi Chi Gonzalez (COL): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 66 GmSc

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

* - pictured above

Chi Chi gave up more flyballs than grounders, pitching in Coors, and threw strike one to only nine of 22 batters. And even so, when he left the game the Rockies were down only 1-0 against the Brewers.

But if you had him active, you weren't looking for a Quality Start. All you cared about was the W.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 29
Jordan Luplow Cleveland Indians

Two homers yesterday, the first 288 feet to right off of Corbin, the second 386 feet to left off of Doolittle.

Raises his slugging average against lefties to .742.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 29
Jorge Soler Kansas City Royals

Two into the seats yesterday to wrap up the home-run crown. Yowza.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 29
Ian Happ Chicago Cubs

Yesterday's 2-homer club:

Christian Walker* (ARI): 2-3, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

Ian Happ* (CHC): 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Jordan Luplow* (CLE): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

Jorge Soler (KCR): 2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

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

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 29

The batting average column today:

Burn Bags .2635

Fine Tooners .2631

Moose Factory .2630

Jerry's Kids .2626

Palukas .2621

The standings:

Fine Tooners 76.0

Moose Factory 73.5

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 29
Rougned Odor Texas Rangers
Joins the 30 home run club with last nights grand slam. Nice to see the power. Not so nice living with the .204 BA and .281 OBP.
Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Sep 29

A bridge too far ...


Howard Lynch LynchMob
Sep 29
Sam Hilliard Colorado Rockies

A Josh Hader blown save with 2-outs in the bottom of the 9th via HR to this guy costs me a precious W :-(

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Sep 29
Brett Anderson Oakland Athletics

Watching him pitch for me as I creep toward our minimum IP of 1,100.  Need 1 2/3 more IP after 4.  

We switched to 1,100 a couple years after going to 10 pitchers.  Problem is, fewer pitchers throw as much as they used to and there were 5 times short of 1,100 as of Monday.  Two have gotten there already this week.  One got there today.  I'm closing in tonight and I have Lynn pitching tomorrow.  The final team appears to have no chance and will finish with about 1090.  Plutko getting smoked today didn't help.

We may have to revisit this requirement next year b/c 41% of the league didn't make it through 25 weeks.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Sep 29
Fernando Rodney Washington Nationals

A fitting end to Closer Chaos.

VULTURE SAVE WATCH
Today:
1. Joakim Soria/Yusmeiro Petit – Liam Hendriks has pitched in three straight games; Soria has gone in three of four. 
2. Kevin Ginkel – Archie Bradley has pitched in three of four. 
3. Luke Jackson – Atlanta has locked in its playoff position, and may choose to rest Mark Melancon and Shane Greene, both of whom have pitched in two of the last three. 
4. Carlos Estevez – Jairo Diaz threw 28 pitches last night, and with Colorado playing for nothing, they may choose to rest him. 
5. Ryne Stanek – Jose Urena has pitched in back-to-back and three of four. 

Tomorrow:
1. Nick Anderson – Today would be back-to-back for Emilio Pagan. The Rays are tied with Oakland for the top wild card spot, so two wins are important, but Pagan’s postseason health is also important.
2. Zack Britton – With the Yankees locked in their playoff spot, if Aroldis Chapman pitches today they probably will not send him out tomorrow. 
3. Daniel Hudson/Hunter Strickland/FERNANDO RODNEY – If Washington wins today (or Milwaukee loses), the Nationals will be locked into the top wild card spot and probably will save their hierarchy for the wild card game. That means we could see old friend Fernando Rodney get one more save chance.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 28

The batting average column today:

Moose Factory .2634

Fine Tooners .2632

Burn Bags .2631

Jerry's Kids .2624

Palukas .2622

The standings:

Moose Factory 75.5

Fine Tooners 75.0

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 28
Michael King New York Yankees

Yesterday's Debut

P Mike King (NYY)

Born: May 25, 1995 (Age: 24-125d)

Drafted: Drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 12th round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft from Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA).

Debut: 2.0 ip, 0 er, 1 k, 0 bb

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 28
Cavan Biggio Toronto Blue Jays

In the year of cheap homers, this is by far the coolest double.

Play Index Spotlight: Cavan Biggio

A special play happened in the Blue Jays' eventual loss to the Tampa Bay Rays (wherein the Rays clinched a wild card spot). In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Rays defense employed a shift on Cavan Biggio, with four men in the outfield. Biggio proceeded to bunt, got good contact and had enough time to reach second base. You can see the video here.

The bunt double is a relatively rare breed, with just 37 of them since 1974. This is actually the second this year, as Matt Carpenter had a bunt double in June. Rafael Furcal and Juan Pierre are the leaders in bunt doubles in that time span, 3 apiece. Only 7 bunt doubles in that span resulted in scores, the most recent being Orlando Arcia's 2-run bunt double in 2018. You can see the list of bunt doubles since 1974 at Baseball-Reference.com's Batting Event Finder.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 28
Asher Wojciechowski Baltimore Orioles

Did I have him active yesterday?

Heck no. I waived him weeks ago. But he was my third pick in this Monday's free agent claims.

Unfortunately, I got my first pick.

Top five Games Scores yesterday:

Asher Wojciechowski* (BAL): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 69 GmSc

Dakota Hudson* (STL): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 10 K, 5 BB, 68 GmSc

Jose Urquidy (HOU): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 67 GmSc

Tyler Glasnow (TBR): 4.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 65 GmSc

Austin Voth (WSN): 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 65 GmSc

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

* - pictured above 

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 28
Kevin Newman Pittsburgh Pirates

Yesterday's 2-homer club:

Kevin Newman* (PIT): 2-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

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

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 28
Pete Alonso New York Mets

He doesn't just hit the ball far and often. He gives great quotes.

https://nypost.com/2019/09/28/pete-alonso-is-completely-loving-his-chase-for-history/

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 28
Yordan Alvarez Houston Astros

My first reaction was ... how can Trout not be on this list?

I think it adds to magnitude of this accomplishment to say that Trout's rookie slash line was "just" .326/.399/.564 :-) ... holy cow!

Wait a minute ... I just thought of someone missing from this list ... Willie McCovey!

His slash line, good enough for ROY, was .354/.429/.656.

Note: McCovey is not on Stark's list because Stark's list is 300 PAs min.

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Sep 27
Daniel Palka Chicago White Sox

He was useful in 2018 (at least from a Roto standpoint), but you didn't have to be Nostradamus to see his PT going away.  But I don't think anyone saw 7-for-77 or whatever.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Sep 27
Yordan Alvarez Houston Astros

Alex is riding Alvarez to a championship in the ADL. Here's a fun fact I grabbed from Jason Stark (and note how little his numbers have budged since LynchMob's August 15 post):

ROOKIES IN HISTORY WITH A .300/.400/.600 SLASH LINE: How about this fun trio:

Yordan Álvarez .326/.422/.681
Albert Pujols .329/.403/.610
Ted Williams .327/.436/.609

In other words, no need to go on here. Even with just 83 games played, your AL Rookie of the Year is the Astros’ favorite tight end. He’s special.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Sep 27
Tyler Beede San Francisco Giants

Top Game Scores yesterday:

Jordan Yamamoto* (MIA): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 10 K, 3 BB, 77 GmSc

Clayton Kershaw* (LAD): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 74 GmSc

Stephen Strasburg (WSN): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 10 K, 0 BB, 70 GmSc

Zack Wheeler (NYM): 8.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 10 K, 0 BB, 70 GmSc

Tyler Beede (SFG): 3.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 7 K, 0 BB, 67 GmSc

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

* - pictured above

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 27

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