MLB UMPIRE REPORT Sep 18th Close
Welcome to the Umpire Report. Currently, the official information from Major League Baseball does not come in until 30 minute prior to the game starting. We will have “probable” umpires in the chart each day. Umpires are very different than lineups and rarely change once scheduled. The Under/Over is the number of games that the number of runs scored was under/over the vegas line. The walks, strikeouts and runs are listed as both cumulative and per game for your convenience.
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Corey Seager went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored as the Dodgers dealt the Rockies a 9-3 loss on Thursday.
Rockies starter Kyle Freeland kept the Dodgers off the scoreboard for the first three innings but Seager broke through in the fourth when he lined an inside fastball over the high wall in right field for a solo homer. The shot was his 13th homer of the year. Not done, the 26-year-old added an RBI double and scored another run in the team's six-run seventh inning. Seager also had a single in the contest. He didn't need the three-hit night to confirm he's having a terrific year, but it serves as an opportunity to recount just how terrific he's been in 2020 -- through Thursday, the shortstop is now hitting .309/.357/.602 in 44 games out west. That's sure to garner some MVP votes when the regular season comes to a close in just over a week.
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Trevor Story went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and two runs scored in a loss to the Rockies.
It looked like it might be a long night for Dodgers starter Julio Urias when, in the first inning, Story followed Raimel Tapia's leadoff single with a double of his own. Both runs eventually came around to score but Urias shut down the Rox offense from there, with Story's towering solo homer off Dodgers reliever Adam Kolarek in the eighth inning the only other run the Colorado club would muster in the loss. It's another lost year for the Rockies but another strong one from Story, who's hitting .302/.374/.568 with 11 homers, 25 RBI, 37 runs scored and a NL-leading 14 steals in 48 games. Just elite-level stuff from the 27-year-old.
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Will Smith went 1-for-5 with a two-run double and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Rockies.
Smith and the Dodgers were knotted at 2-2 in the seventh inning before the road club broke the game open with a six-run outburst. That included a two-RBI double by Smith, his only hit in five at-bats in the game. He came around to score the sixth and final run of the inning on a passed ball. Few in the league have been hotter than the 25-year-old in the month of September, with Smith batting .415/.478/.683 with two homers, nine RBI and six runs scored this month. The backstop is making a strong play to be one of the first catchers off the board once again in 2021 drafts.
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B. Nimmo - CF
Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-4 with a homer, a triple and three RBI in the Mets' 10-6 defeat of the Phillies on Thursday.
Nimmo hit a tiebreaking homer to begin the top of the ninth, and the Mets went on to add three more runs afterwards on an RBI triple from Dominic Smith and a two-run homer from Robinson Cano. Nimmo's homer off Brandon Workman was his eighth of the year. His triple came with two-men on in the sixth, so this rates as his clutchiest day of the year; Nimmo came into the game with a .311 average and seven homers with the bases empty and a .189 average and no homers with men on.
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Seth Lugo was lit up for six runs in 1 2/3 innings by the Phillies on Thursday.
Lugo's velocity was down noticeably tonight, though there was no indication immediately after the game that he was hurting. Trying to stretch Lugo out during the season was a big gamble by the Mets, especially given that Lugo's elbow has long been a source of concern. He would have had a much better chance of making this work had the Mets given him a chance to start from the get-go.
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E. Ríos - 3B
Edwin Rios went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Rockies.
Rios had a single in the third inning, walked and scored in the Dodgers' six run seventh inning and added some insurance in the eighth when he turned on a Wade Davis fastball and launched it into the empty seats in right field. The homer was the fifth this year for the 26-year-old, and his second in as many games. The power is more than intriguing but he has yet to put his entire game together at the major league level and thus remains unusable for fantasy purposes, especially when part of such a deep and diverse bench like the Dodgers have.
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Aaron Nola surrendered five runs in 5 1/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Mets.
Nola was able to bounce back nicely from a three-run first until giving up a homer and a walk with one out in the sixth. He was pulled at that point, and the inherited runner came around to score off Blake Parker. It's the first time this year that Nola has given up five earned runs in a start. His ERA jumped from 2.40 to 2.92.
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Kyle Freeland allowed four runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.
Freeland got into some trouble in the fourth inning, a frame in which he allowed five baserunners and two runs, but he otherwise kept the dangerous Dodgers offense off the board until the seventh inning. Even then, the southpaw got into trouble but could only watch as both runners inherited by the Rockies bullpen were allowed to score, inflating Freeland's ERA. Overall, it wasn't a banner night for the 27-year-old -- in many ways it was one of his worst outings of the season -- but it wasn't a complete disaster, either. He'll exit with a 3.75 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 11 starts this year, with the chance to improve upon those numbers Tuesday when the Rockies get out of Coors Field and face the Giants in San Francisco.
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