Max Scherzer is the only active pitcher to strike out 200 batters six years in a row. Kyle Schwarber has hit five home runs in 50 at bats since the break, including two last night.Brett Gardner hit a walkoff home run and Aaron Judge was hit by a helmet that chipped his tooth during the ridiculous celebration teams do in baseball when someone gets a walkoff anything. Judge will play today. Dusty Coleman hit the first home run of his career last night but he is 30 and that is why he is not included in waiver wire pickups.
The Cardinals are willing to tradeLance Lynn, but they aren’t desperate. In fact, they still haven’t decided if they are buyers or sellers. Anyway, here is what the greatest teammate in the world, Adam Wainwright, said about Lynn
If he stays or goes somewhere else, he’s going to be a winner wherever that is, Lance is a proven winner, a proven playoff competitor, and he’s proven he can hit left-handed now. He’s proven a lot of stuff. Most of all, he’ll win. Adam Wainwright on Lynn
The Rays just traded prospect Casey Gillespie to the White Sox for Dan Jennings, but some say they are still interested in Justin Wilson. If you believe everything you read on Twitter, there are at least six and as many as 12 teams interested in Wilson.
The #Astros have expressed interest in Wilson, but indications are they haven’t made an offer to distinguish themselves from the pack.
Lucas Duda was traded to the Rays for relief pitcher Drew Smith. He will spend most of his time as the designated hitter, but he can’t hit lefties so don’t get too excited. He has 17 home runs and 73 RBI on the season. T.J Rivera should see the majority of time at first base in New York but he didn’t play last night due to a ‘minor arm injury’
Kyle Freeland (COL-SP) doesn’t strike out many batters and he pitches half the time in Colorado, but he actually pitches better at home than he does on the road:
Home: 61 IP, 3.21 ERA, 59 H, 5 HRA
Away: 54 IP, 4.12 ERA, 56 H, 8 HRA
Manuel Margot (SD-OF) hit homers two games in a row now and has an AVG/OBP of .299/.337 with five steals, two homers, 10 runs and 6 RBI since the break
Charlie Morton (HOU-SP) has won three out of four starts since coming off the disabled list with a 3.28 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 24 ⅔ innings. Plus he is on the Astros and that is almost as good as it gets for run support
Chad Kuhl is 2-2 with a 3.76 ERA in his past 10 starts. He ranks second on the Pirates behind Gerrit Cole with 80 strikeouts
Derek Dietrich (MIA-3B) has two home runs and eight RBI over the past two games. His batting average is horrible, .231, but he has position eligibility. Martin Prado isn’t coming back anytime soon as he may need surgery on his knee.
Prado not progressing with knee injury. Mattingly says surgery a possibility. May have decision on that Friday. #marlins
C.C. Sabathia allowed more than two runs last night for only the second time in his last 10 starts. You might have to be a little desperate to pick him up, but pitching is pretty scarce this season.
Another desperation move could be Josh Tomlin, who is 3-0 with a 3.10 ERA, one walk, two home runs allowed and 17 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings over his last three starts. He is a tease though and when you least expect it…
The COO of the Mets, Jeff Wilpon, was scheduled to go and watch Amed Rosario play yesterday. The Mets plan to promote Rosario soon after the deadline, but that may be dependant on trading Asdrubal Cabrera.
Luke Weaver will make his first major league start of the season today. He was 9-1with a 1.91 ERA in 13 starts at Triple-A Memphis. Last year he started eight games for the Cardinals and accumulated a 1-4 record and a 5.70 ERA.
“I hope if we go ahead and sell, I hope we do it all, I hope we go all out, I hope we don’t sell a few guys here. I hope we get younger, I hope we take a more business approach to it. I told (Tigers General Manager) David (Chadd) whatever has to be done, it needs to be done, I just want to win. That’s my main priority. … Obviously at the start of the year, we thought we had a very good chance to win, and we still think that, don’t get me wrong. Obviously Al (Avila) has a different approach to it now because he wants to sell everything and kind of start all over, which is fine by me. Either way, I’m good. I just want to be part of a winning teamMichael Fulmer
Lewis Brinson was called up to take the roster spot of injured Matt Garza yesterday. Brinson had a 17-game hit streak going upon his callup. Earlier this season he went 3-for-31 with a .97 average after getting called up
When you first get up here, it’s a lifelong dream. As a little kid, you want to get to the big leagues and hit that ‘five-run homer’ in your first at-bat, and it’s impossible. You just have to tell yourself to calm down. I went through that. I’m human. I was a little ‘jitterish,’ a little anxious, wanted to do too much. Second time around, I’m a little more relaxed. I know what to expect. I can go out there and have fun. Lewis Brinson
Josh Harrison has four consecutive multi-hit games. He is 9 for his last 17 and owns a .284 average on the season
Paul DeJong has hit 10 home runs in the past 30 days, including four in the past week. He is the first rookie since 2001 to get RBIs in six consecutive games
Clint Frazier is hitting .290 with an .871 OPS and 13 RBIs in 18 games. He has relegated Jacoby Ellsbury to the fourth-outfielder post. The rookie has been to the plate with a runner in scoring position 14 times and has 10 RBIs.
Ben Revere is stealing bases and hitting line drives. Don’t play him against lefties. (.147 average in 34 at bats)
Chris Taylor is batting .321 with 12 home runs,12 stolen bases, 47 RBI and 52 runs in 83 games.
Johan Camargo is not going to provide many homers or steals, but he plays every day and helps your averages. He has 158 plate appearances in 58 games since being called up June 2. He is hitting .305 with a .325 OBP, two home runs and 16 RBI. He should qualify in all league formats at 2B, 3B, and SS.
Ranks fifth in the American League with .368 average with runners in scoring position
Brad Peacock saw a doctor in California during the off-season who discovered bone spurs in his upper back that pinched a nerve. Because bone spurs are not normally found in the upper back the doc refused to do surgery. Peacock found a doc in Chicago who did do surgery and he has been a much better pitcher ever since.
The bad news is that he walks 5.02 batters per nine.
The good news is that he strikes out 12.18 batters per nine with a 2.51 ERA over 71 innings.
Jaime Garcia looks to get his first start for the Twins on Friday in Oakland.
Houston has the best run differential in baseball after they beat the Reds by nine runs last night. The interesting part is that the Astros have scored nearly 100 runs more than any other team on the road this season.
The Orioles have won six of their last eight games
Reds starting pitchers have given up 171 home runs this season, including 25 in the last 11 games
The Dodgers have won 21 of their last 24 and 47 straight when they have the lead at some point in the game.
The Twins are 23-31 with the worst run differential at home in the majors, -66.
Remember when the Royals went 10-20 in April? They are 41-27 since.
Rockies need some bullpen help thanks to the fact that their rookie starters can’t make it past the fourth or fifth inning
Wilson Ramos left the game after he was hit with a broken bat, needed six staples.
Yoan Moncada is 1-for-13 (.077) since being called up Wednesday
Sal Romano pitched six innings, gave up a solo home run, and struck out seven Marlins in his fourth big league start yesterday
After being demoted to the bullpen and a stint on the disabled list, Danny Salazar returned to the rotation Saturday and threw seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and zero walks. His fastball averaged 97 mph. He is worth picking up.
Parker Bridwell has given up two runs or less in five of his past six starts, including a 1.86 ERA and a total of four earned runs over his last three.
Rafael Devers was called up by the Red Sox but won’t be in the starting lineup until tomorrow. He will likely take over the starting role at third base. Devers only had 38 plate appearances at Triple-A, but he has hit .311 with 20 home runs and 60 RBIs on the season.
Wilson Contreras has 14 go-ahead RBI, hitting .346 with 10 home runs and 27 RBI in his last 30 games
Five of Sean Newcomb’s last eight starts have been quality and he gets batters to strike out, but he walks way too many and it is catching up to him.
Lucas Sims could join the Braves rotation should Jaime Garcia get traded. Kris Medlen is another option for the Braves, but he is not pitching well at all. Do not go pick him up, not now, not ever. Do keep an eye on Sims though.
Since being recalled June 14, Rafael Montero has a 3.34 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 32 ¹/₃ innings over seven games, including four starts.
Mike Matheny has talked with Lance Lynn about his future with the only big league team Lynn has ever played for
The Mariners just got starting pitcher Marco Gonzalez from the Cardinals for prospect Tyler O’Neill
Marco is a quality athlete with high character and a strong pitching pedigree who we feel fits our roster well in both the near and long term, We find his current performance, preparedness and proximity to the Major Leagues to be very appealing traits in a pitcher, particularly a young lefty who is now under club control through the 2023 season.Mariners Jerry DiPoto
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