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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.

Trade Deadline

The Cardinals are willing to trade Lance 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 now have too many second basemen so Brad Miller or Tim Beckham could be on the way out of Tampa

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.

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’

The Brewers can’t figure out if they are buyers or sellers, but they have inquired about Curtis Granderson? Are they inquiring about a different Granderson?


Travis Wood (SD-SP) will make his first start as a Padre tonight at home against Chad Kuhl and the Pirates. It pushes Dinelson Lamet and Clayton Richard back one day.

Waiver Wire PickUps

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.

Derek Dietrich Stats

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…

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Teams

Mets Where careers are ruined memeThe Mets called up Chris Flexen to start yesterday after just seven starts above the High-A level, but they leave Amed Rosario down at Triple-A

Oakland thought they were doing themselves a favor by getting Blake Treinen to replace Santiago Casilla as their closer, but that hasn’t worked out well for them at all. They should have kept John Axford for free.

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Baseball Chatter Nola Image 07/27

Aaron Nola is the second pitcher to reach double digits in strikeouts against the Astros this season.

Eduardo Nunez will join the Red Sox tomorrow, leaving Rafael Devers role up in the air. Especially since Devers hit his first career home run last night. Here are 5 things to know about Devers


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.

The Mets are also looking to trade Addison Reed and Lucas Duda, good luck with that.

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.

Jose Berrios:

  • First eight starts 2.67 ERA, 16 ER, 34 H, 54 IP
  • Last six starts 5.76 ERA, 19 ER, 41 H, 29.2 IP

It took Eric Hosmer 118 home runs to hit his first grand slam

Dansby Swanson was sent down to Triple-A after hitting .214 with a .599 OPS and six home runs over 96 games. This is the first time he has ever played at the Triple-A level.

John Lackey hit four batters, the most in any game of his career and the most by any pitcher in a game since 1957. Javier Baez struck out five times.

We set all kinds of weird records today. I think we tied Moe Drabowsky, and Javy [Baez] probably tied somebody. It was a day of awkward record making or breaking today. Joe Maddon

Michael Fulmer on the trade deadline:

“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

 

Injury Updates

Yoenis Cespedes will return to the Mets lineup today

Stephen Strasburg heads to the disabled list Erick Fedde will make his big league debut with the Nationals Saturday

George Springer and Alex Bregman could be back in the Astros’ lineup tomorrow

 

Waiver Wire Pickups

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.

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Baseball Chatter Greinke

Lenny says that the reason Zack Greinke is pitching so well this season is because he has good catchers behind the plate and while I do love giving credit to the role of the catcher…

Greinke is 9-0 at one of the most hitter friendly ballparks in baseball. His command is simply amazing this year. He is not allowing runners on the base paths, simple as that.

R.A Dickey:

  • (June 14 – July 14) 6 Starts – 33 IP, 1.09 ERA, 27 K, 4 ER
  • (July 15 – July 25) 2 Starts – 16 ⅔ IP, 4.86 ERA, 13 K, 9 ER

Yoan Moncada is 2-for-18 with 12 strikeouts in 20 at bats since being called up from Triple-A Charlotte

Kevin Gausman has a .75 ERA with one earned run over his last two (quality) starts.

Adam Jones is hitting .362 in 11 games since the break, when he was moved to the top of the order. He has also hit four home runs over the last six games

Jonathan Schoop:

  • Ranks third in the American League with 70 RBI
  • 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.

Michael Conforto:

  • Ranks 2nd on Mets with 19 home runs
  • Ranks 2nd on Mets with 52 RBI
  • Ranks 1st on Mets with 44 walks
  • Ranks 1st on Mets with a .293 batting average

Jacob deGrom has won eight straight starts with a 1.61 ERA

Teams

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

Injury Updates

Wilson Ramos left the game after he was hit with a broken bat, needed six staples.

Alex Meyer hit the disabled list yesterday with the same nagging right shoulder problems

Baseball Chatter Clayton Kershaw

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.

Michael Brantley hit his first home run since April 30, a span of 54 games and 233 plate appearances.

Trevor Story is 10-for-30 with two home runs, 11 RBIs and eight runs scored in nine games since the break.

Matt Boyd gave up three runs over six innings and posted a career-high eight strikeouts in his second straight quality start yesterday

Alex Presley is hitting .459 during his current 10-game hitting streak

Lance McCullers over his last three starts

  • 15 earned runs
  • 24 hits
  • 13 2/3 innings

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

Injury Updates

Clayton Kershaw left his start after two innings with a lower back injury that could keep him on the shelf for 4-6 weeks.

Stephen Strasburg left his start yesterday after two innings with what he described as “achiness” in his forearm. That is no good.

Kyle Hendricks will return to the rotation today to pitch against the White Sox

Daniel Norris may returned from the disabled list too soon as he left his start after 32 pitches yesterday.

J.D. Martinez hopes to return to the starting lineup today.

Teams

Buster Olney says Chicago has more trading to do by the deadline


The Diamondbacks have lost 14 of their last 20 games

Cubs are 8-1 and their starting pitchers are 7-0 with a 2.41 ERA since the break.

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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

Patrick Corbin has a 2.81 ERA with 45 strikeouts and nine walks over his last seven starts, 41 ⅔ innings

Mike Foltynewicz is 5-0 with a 3.33 ERA in his past nine starts

Carlos Gonzalez is striking out less and walking more. He isn’t hitting the ball very hard. Look at his hard contact

Eric Thames has been at 23 homers since the fourth of July. I still believe he won’t reach 30 by the end of September but it is going to be close.

Hunter Pence hasn’t hit any home runs at AT&T Park this season. Pence will cost the Giants $18 million next season.

Maikel Franco has been moved back to batting fourth in the Phillies lineup after hitting .440 since the break.

Alex Meyer has a 2.84 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over his last seven starts, with 43 strikeouts in 38 innings.

Teams

The Royals don’t even have to win games to catch the Indians

The Rockies are back on a roll, winning four in a row and scoring 49 runs on 61 hits over those games.

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Baseball Chatter
06/27

06/15

Get Joakim Soria because Kelvin Herrera may get traded

Michael Conforto is hurting, Get Curtis Granderson

Boston is drooling over Mike Moustakas or Eric Hosmer

 

 

 

06/01

05/26

  • Load up on setup guys if you have enough innings to meet the minimum innings requirements
  • Double-A has players likely on their way up to the majors, while Triple-A is full of players on their way down or out
  • Many are bored with their teams, the time to trade is now. Don’t wait.
  • Be willing to spend your FAAB to get an important player
  • Middle Relief pitchers may help more than Starters on Waiver WireBe willing to spend your FAAB to get an important player
  • Trading for a stolen base player is more valuable than ever. There are only six players in all of baseball with then or more steals.
  • Trades should be evaluated by what you will gain in category standings
  • Spend a little, not a lot, on opportunity closers
  • Chicago now has a street named Javier ‘Javy’ Baez Way, still think he will be traded?
  • A thought a day keeps the doctor away
  • Zack Greinke accounts for nearly half (46.7%) of the Diamondbacks $72.8 million payroll in 2017
  • Pitching is key but it doesn’t have to be Clayton Kershaw. I am targeting three starters in the first five rounds
  • Banning laptops from drafts is ridiculous. You should still make lists though
  • No More Arguments over Thought of the day. I will have my own thought of the day

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