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Transaction and Schedule Notes
- All 30 MLB teams were in action last night with one extra innings affair and an absolute banner evening for converted saves with a whopping total of 11.
- Oft-injured RP Garrett Crochet was placed on the 15-Day IL with left shoulder inflammation which coincided with the White Sox activating RP Jimmy Lambert.
ATL 4 – PHL 2
- In support of a dominant, bounce-back Spencer Strider effort, the Atlanta bullpen held back a resurgent Phillies squad. Both A.J. Minter and Nick Anderson earned holds without allowing a run to hand off the game to closer Raisel Iglesias.
- Iglesias was immediately in trouble after giving up a lead-off double to Bryson Stott. A subsequent Brandon Marsh single scored a run which brought Kyle Schwarber to the plate representing the tying run. But even June Schwaber wasn’t able to overcome the steady diet of changeups offered by Iglesias, as the Phillie struck out to end the game.
- After rattling off 12 straight scoreless appearances, Iglesias has now allowed runs in three of his last four games. His grip on the closer role is still secure, but it might be something to monitor in case the struggles continue.
KCR 1 – DET 0
- Behind seven scoreless innings from Daniel Lynch, the Royals pen was able to complete the combined shutout thanks to the work of Aroldis Chapman and Scott Barlow.
- Chapman made the KC faithful sweat as he walked the bases loaded—with a wild pitch sprinkled in—before he induced a Spencer Torkleson ground out to end the 8th inning.
- Barlow was more effective, allowing a hit and striking out one as he closed out the ninth. Before last night, Scott Barlow’s last converted save was back on June 4th. The opportunities are few and far between, but if you’re rostering Barlow, you know that this infrequency is to be expected.
BAL 8 – TBR 6
- Félix Bautista continued his dominant campaign last night with two more strikeouts as he was tasked with securing the final four outs against the mighty Tampa Bay offense. Bautista has a ludicrous 50% strikeout rate through 36 IP with a 36.1% CSW. He is the clear top closer right now—which is reflected in Rick Graham’s Top 100 Closer Rankings list.
TOR 2 – MIA 0
- Erik Swanson was brought in to protect a two-run lead in the 8th but only mustered one out before being given the quick hook by Blue Jays manager John Schneider. Tim Mayza was called upon and finished out the inning without incident. While this represents Swanson’s shortest outing this season, this isn’t anything to worry about. Mayza was brought in to face lefty-hitting Jesús Sánchez in a bid to avoid Luis Arraez from making it to the plate with the bases loaded—and it worked.
- Meanwhile, Jordan Romano shut down the Marlins’ bats to secure his league-leading 21st save (tied with Emmanuel Clase).
The best of the rest…
- Clay Holmes picked up his 9th save while throwing a clean 1.2 IP with two strikeouts for the Yankees. Holmes has been on an absolute tear allowing only a single earned run since May 6th after a bumpy April.
- Despite allowing four baserunners and one earned run, Alexis Díaz was able to strike out the side to do his part to help the Reds win their 10th in a row. This was the 20th save of the year for Diaz.
- Corey Kluber was awarded a save (of the 3-inning variety) for his rather uninspiring efforts in mop-up duty for Boston.
- Devin Williams earned his 13th save of the season for Milwaukee by inducing a game-ending double-play from Ketel Marte.
- Ryan Pressly also secured his 13th save of the year as he relieved Framber Valez from a dominant 8 IP performance.
- Kendall Graveman pitched a clean 9th for the White Sox to get his 7th save of the year.
- Evan Phillips closed the door on the Angels’ bats for his 8th save of the season giving Clayton Kershaw his 9th win.
Bullpen Depth Charts
(Photos by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Doug Carlin (@Bdougals on Twitter)