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- OF Steven Souza Jr. went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts last night. It’s been a lost season for Souza Jr., who has gone 3-for-42 in September with 20 strikeouts and 10 walks.
- SP Anibal Sanchez made it seven of his last nine starts with three runs allowed or less, but he took a tough-luck loss yesterday to the Cardinals after allowing two runs on four hits and no walks over six innings. He struck out nine; his dominance has ticked up over the last couple of months, as this was his fourth start in his last eight where he’s K’d at least eight batters.
- SP Dylan Bundy did not allow a home run last night, that’s the first time that has happened since June 23, a span of 13 starts. He ended up posting his second straight quality start after going six straight starts without doing so, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings, striking out six. He gets the Yankees on the road on Sunday and finishes at home next Friday against Houston. Do not use him in either of those starts.
Boston Red Sox
- SP Nate Eovaldi had his best start with the Sox since his brilliant debut and follow-up starts on July 29 and August 4, where he threw 15 shutout innings combined. He limited the Yankees to two hits and two walks last night, shutting them out for six innings and also striking out five.
- SP Mike Montgomery had his first valuable start in almost two months last night, limiting Arizona to one run on four hits and a walk over six innings. He generated 16 swinging strikes, which helped contribute to a season-high eight strikeouts.
Chicago White Sox
- OF Daniel Palka homered again last night, his 25th on the season. Half of his 12 hits this month have been home runs.
- 1B Joey Votto went 3-for-4 last night, all singles. He’s got hits in nine of his last 10 starts and has posted a .345 batting average this month in 66 plate appearances.
- RP Andrew Miller worked the ninth inning last night to save his second game of the year, allowing a single and striking out three.
- 2B Garrett Hampson got the start at shortstop last night with SS Trevor Story dealing with elbow inflammation. There’s no structural damage for Story, but it is still unclear if he’ll be back this season. Hampson went 1-for-2 with a stolen base, a walk, and a run scored.
- SP Daniel Norris continues to make incremental positive progress in his starts this month after missing more than four months. He allowed two runs on five hits and three walks last night, going a season-high 5 1/3 innings and striking out five. He should get two more starts this year to give us a look at his potential deep sleeper value for 2019.
- SP Josh James had the best outing of his three-week old major league career last night, shutting out the Mariners for five innings to earn his first win. He struck out seven and allowed four hits and two walks. James has struck out 24 in 16 innings since being called up on September 1.
Kansas City Royals
- SP Erik Skoglund had his best start of the season last night, throwing six shutout innings in a no-decision against the Pirates. He allowed only a double and two singles, striking out two.
Los Angeles Angels
- SP Tyler Skaggs was sharp in his return to the mound for his first start since August 11, going three scoreless innings and allowing only two walks while striking out three. He’ll get two more starts before the end of the year, probably not going beyond 80 pitches in either (he threw 51 last night).
Los Angeles Dodgers
- 2B/SS/OF Chris Taylor went 2-for-4 last night with a walk and a walk-off home run in the 10th inning. He still isn’t getting much playing time despite yesterday being the fourth time in his last six starts where he’s posted a multi-hit game.
- After two strong starts since his September 1 call-up, SP Sandy Alcantara yesterday flashed some of the control issues that have people worried about his long-term ceiling, walking six Nationals hitters over four innings of work. He also allowed six hits and three runs, striking out three.
- 1B/2B/3B Travis Shaw left last night’s game with a right knee bruise after being hit by a pitch. We don’t expect him to be in the lineup today.
- RP Trevor Hildenberger scuffled a little bit in the ninth inning, allowing two singles and a run, but he struck out two batters and threw strikes on 18 of his 23 pitches to close out his seventh game of the year.
New York Mets
- SP Steven Matz kicked off his two-start week with an interesting performance, throwing five shutout innings but walking five batters, his highest total of the season. He allowed only two hits and struck out four, also hitting a solo home run off Phillies ace SP Steven Matz. He’ll finish his two-start week in Sunday at Washington. Matz has allowed two runs or less in five of his last six starts.
New York Yankees
- OF Aaron Judge returned to the starting lineup a few days earlier than expected. He hit second and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, though he did hit a couple of balls hard.
- RP Aroldis Chapman should be back in the next day or so, per manager Aaron Boone.
- 2B Jed Lowrie continues to struggle at the plate, going 0-for-2 last night with three walks and two runs scored. Lowrie has two hits in his last 23 at-bats and is just 9-for-50 overall in September with one extra-base hit.
- Old closer RP Hector Neris got a shot to close out a game last night for the first time in three months, and he succeeded, striking out two Mets in a perfect ninth inning. With RP Seranthony Dominguez working in the seventh last night, it looks like Neris is the arm to own if you need some desperation save chances in the last week and a half.
- SP Jameson Taillon struck out 11 over seven shutout innings last night, getting stuck with a no-decision after closer RP Felipe Vazquez blew his 1-0 lead in the ninth inning. Taillon allowed only four hits and one walk and has now allowed two runs or less in each of his last six starts, a span of 38 innings. He’ll finish the season next start with a two-start week at the Cubs on Monday and at the Reds on Saturday 9/29.
San Diego Padres
- OF Franmil Reyes is on a 10-game hitting streak and has hits in 20 of his last 21 games after going 2-for-5 yesterday with a home run and three RBI. Reyes has made some nice progress in plate discipline as well – he posted a 39-to-4 strikeout-to-walk rate between May and June, but between August and September he’s at 29-to-11, which is much more palatable long-term for a power hitter.
San Francisco Giants
- RP Will Smith has earned a save in three of the last four days after striking out three and allowing one hit in the ninth inning yesterday. Smith had gone more than three weeks without a save before this stretch.
- 2B/OF Dee Gordon hit ninth in the order yesterday and went 0-for-3. Gordon has a .289 OBP on the season, an astonishingly low number even for him, and he’s only walked eight times in 543 plate appearances. We’re not sure how anyone drafts Gordon in the top 150 next year.
St. Louis Cardinals
- SS Paul DeJong went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI, and two runs scored yesterday. He’s hit 11 of his 19 homers this season since the All-Star Break.
Tampa Bay Rays
- SP Blake Snell became the majors’ first 20-game winner last night with five shutout innings last night, allowing only a single and two walks while striking out five. Snell also leads the AL in ERA at 1.97.
- SS Elvis Andrus went 0-for-3 last night and is now 9-for-55 (.164) this month.
Toronto Blue Jays
- RP Ken Giles remained almost perfect in save situations this season, working a perfect ninth inning to close out the Orioles last night for his 23rd save of the year. He’s now sporting a 0.43 ERA in 21 2/3 innings with a save opportunity on the line.
- OF Bryce Harper walked in all five of his plate appearances last night. He now has an absolutely incredible 27 walks this month, more than doubling his 13 hits. Either way, that’s a .513 on-base percentage for the month and he’s also sporting a .444 OBP since the All-Star Break with a 1.004 OPS.