|1||Craig Kimbrel (R)||BOS||RP||5||1||41||90||2.29||0.98|
|2||Aroldis Chapman (L)||NYY||RP||3||0||31||84||2.11||1.04|
|3||Roberto Osuna (R)||HOU||RP||2||2||18||30||2.94||2.07|
|4||Edwin Díaz (R)||SEA||RP||0||4||56||120||2.02||0.79|
|5||Cody Allen (R)||CLE||RP||4||6||27||76||4.06||1.31|
|6||Álex Colomé (R)||SEA||RP||6||5||12||71||4.15||2.47|
|7||Ken Giles (R)||TOR||RP||0||3||22||49||5.17||2.55|
|8||Kelvin Herrera (R)||WSH||RP||2||3||17||38||1.05||2.53|
|9||Andrew Miller (L)||CLE||RP||2||3||1||38||3.54||1.29|
|10||Zach Britton (L)||NYY||RP||2||0||5||28||3.54||2.47|
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J. Gray - SP
Gray (11-8) gave up six runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out one over two innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Monday.
This was downright ugly. Joc Pederson led off the home half of the first inning with a home run, and Gray went on to allow five consecutive hits (including another homer) to begin the third before getting the hook. After some initial success upon his return from the minors, Gray has regressed in a major way, posting a 7.54 ERA and 1.72 WHIP while allowing nine long balls in his last five starts (22.2 innings). He gets the Diamondbacks in Arizona and the Nationals at home to close out the regular season.
Added 12:14 pm (EST)
K. Bryant - 3B
Bryant went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk Monday in the Cubs' 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks.
The eighth-inning homer was Bryant's first since July 20, though a five-week stay on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury contributed heavily into the drought. Since being activated from the DL on Sept. 1, Bryant has ridden a 33.3 percent line-drive rate (his career rate is 22.1 percent) to a .320 average, but he hasn't been accompanied that stellar mark with much output in other categories. Bryant has managed only six extra-base hits (five doubles and a home run), eight runs, five RBI and no stolen bases in 14 starts on the month.
Added 12:02 pm (EST)
A. Pollock - CF
Pollock went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Diamondbacks' 5-1 loss to the Cubs on Monday.
Pollock's ninth-inning blast, his 18th of the season, denied Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks a complete-game shutout. It was still another underwhelming showing from the sputtering Diamondbacks offense, which hasn't been helped by Pollock's downturn in productivity of late. Dating back to Aug. 26, Pollock is hitting just .182 with four extra-base hits and one stolen base over the team's 22 games.
Added 11:53 am (EST)
E. Santana - RP
Santana earned his third relief win Monday, retiring the Royals in order in a 7-6 walk-off victory.
With Keona Kela (fatigue) shut down for the rest of the year, Santana figures to see an uptick in high leverage situations. The righty holds a 2.76 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 20 holds in his first full MLB campaign. Interestingly, he's enjoyed better success against left-handed hitters (.207 BAA) than righties (.254 BAA), though he's surrendered all six of his home runs to lefties. Santana could be in line for a save opportunity or two before season's end, as the Pirates will watch the workload of all their relievers (including closer Felipe Vazquez).
Added 11:52 am (EST)
M. Garver - C
Garver has missed five straight games with a concussion, La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reports.
He left Wednesday's game after taking a foul ball off his mask and concussion symptoms surfaced over the weekend. It is unclear if or when Garver will be able to return this season. In the meantime, Willians Astudillo and Chris Gimenez will split time behind the dish.
Added 11:32 am (EST)
Y. Mendez - SP
The Rangers list Mendez as their probable starter for Wednesday's game against the Rays.
Mendez has essentially held a rotation spot since the beginning of September, but after drawing a pair of starts to begin the month, he made his most recent appearance out of the bullpen as a "primary pitcher." Mendez responded well to the relief assignment by spinning five shutout innings in a Sept. 14 win over the Padres and will look to replicate that outing while he heads back to a traditional starting role. Over his three appearances since being recalled from the minors, Mendez has gone 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 10:7 K:BB in 15 innings.
Added 11:30 am (EST)
D. Germán - SP
The Yankees officially recalled German from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday.
German and Justus Sheffield both joined the big club over the weekend after Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's season came to an end, but it wasn't until a few days later before the Yankees made their promotions official. Though the 26-year-old right-hander previously made 13 starts for the Yankees earlier in 2018, he'll likely be ticketed for a long-relief role over the final two weeks of the regular season.
Added 10:36 am (EST)
M. Pérez - SP
Perez allowed one hit and struck out three over 2.2 scoreless innings in Monday's loss to the Rays.
Perez has been successful since the Rangers moved him out of the rotation and into a bullpen role. He has a 2.45 ERA, giving up three runs on seven hits and five walks over 11 innings as a reliever. The left-hander has been scored upon just once in six outings as a reliever. As expected, his velocity is better in shorter stints, and lefty hitters are 0-for-17 against him. Perez didn't like being moved out of the rotation, and despite his success out the bullpen, he hasn't changed his mind. He told Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News that he considers himself a starter. It will be an interesting offseason for the Perez, who will unlikely have his option picked up at $7.5 million, particularly if the Rangers view him as a reliever. If he wants to start, Perez will have to hit the free-agent market where, as a 27-year-old left-hander with flashes of success, he should generate some interest.
Added 10:32 am (EST)
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