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FanGraphs Power Rankings: June 7–13 by Jake Mailhot June 14, 2021 After last week’s games, we’re around 40% of the way through the season. The halfway mark is quickly approaching, with the All-Star game soon after that. The form of the playoff races is slowly taking shape. And with few exceptions, too many of the
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Ben Clemens FanGraphs Chat – 6/14/21 by Ben Clemens June 14, 2021 2:01 Ben Clemens: Hey everyone, happy Monday. I’m taking tomorrow off (hooray), so I’m very excited to get some chatting in before a quick refresher. Let’s get started. 2:01 John: what is your take on the Brewers?  They seem to have a staff that,
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MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list in our Prospect Rankings is eligible. Spencer Torkelson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 Draft, was so good last week that he not only earned Prospect
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The Worst Bunts of the Season (So Far) by Ben Clemens June 14, 2021 Here at FanGraphs, we’re always looking for an excuse to paraphrase Tolstoy, so let me introduce you to a principle I’ve recently noticed about sacrifice bunts. Successful sacrifice bunts are all alike (and boring). Every unsuccessful sacrifice bunt is unsuccessful in
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The races to determine who will advance to Phase 2 of the fan voting for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard are starting to take shape. On Monday, Major League Baseball provided the first standings update since Phase 1 of the voting launched on June 3, revealing the top 10 vote getters at
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The Yankees announced yesterday first baseman Luke Voit was beginning a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 30-year-old has missed a little less than three weeks after suffering a Grade 2 oblique strain. It’s been an injury-marred campaign so far for Voit, who also missed the first six weeks of the season with a meniscus tear in
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The Cubs’ Big Three Is Back by Dan Szymborski June 14, 2021 The 2020 Cubs won the NL Central, but they did it in a fairly unusual way, getting minimal contributions from Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, and Javier Báez. In 151 combined games, their trio of stars combined for a mere 1.6 WAR, mostly coming
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Kevin Goldstein FanGraphs Chat – 6/14/2021 by Kevin Goldstein June 14, 2021 12:01 Kevin Goldstein: Hi everyone. We have much to talk about. Let’s do just that. 12:01 Bret: How much are you buying into Nick Pratto’s monster year to date? 12:01 Kevin Goldstein: Much of it, yes. He’s made a real swing adjustment and
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Here’s a look at Sunday’s top Minor League performers from each team’s Top 30 Prospects list: Orioles: Adley Rutschman, C (MLB No. 2), Double-A BowieRutschman shook off a hitless Saturday night and kept rolling with his fourth three-hit day of the season in Bowie’s blowout 10-0 win over Binghamton. Rutschman went 3-for-6 and launched his
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Even though it was his birthday, veteran lefty Drew Smyly gifted the Braves with an impressive performance to lead the Braves to a 6-4 victory over the Marlins on Sunday at loanDepot park to end the three-game set. “He was driving the ball today. I mean, it was really good,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker.
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The Twins have been plagued by injuries in recent weeks, but they’re on the verge of getting several key players back. Right-hander Kenta Maeda will be activated from the injured list to start tomorrow night’s game against the Mariners, manager Rocco Baldelli told reporters (including Dan Hayes of the Athletic). He hasn’t pitched since May 22,
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The Rangers announced they’ve placed Khris Davis on unconditional release waivers. This was the expected outcome after the club designated Davis for assignment on Tuesday. Texas acquired the designated hitter/corner outfielder from the A’s over the winter. While they surely hoped he’d rebound from back-to-back down seasons at the plate, the primary motivation for the trade
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The Reds announced they’ve activated outfielder Aristides Aquino from the 60-day injured list. Fellow outfielder Mark Payton was optioned to Triple-A Louisville to create active roster space. To open a 40-man roster spot for Aquino, utilityman Nick Senzel was transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day IL. Aquino fractured the hamate bone in his left hand in mid-April.
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We will get our first update on All-Star voting on Monday, which means it’s time to start getting serious. Every team will end up having at least one All-Star selection. But the voting is the only thing you and I have any personal say in. It’s the one we have to get right. With that
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Prior to today’s 7-2 victory over the Red Sox, the Blue Jays selected the contract of left-hander Tayler Saucedo from Triple-A Buffalo.  In corresponding moves, right-hander Jeremy Beasley was sent to Triple-A to create a 26-man roster spot, while A.J. Cole was moved to the 60-day injured list to create an opening for Saucedo on
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Despite a solid start from Max Fried, he remains winless against the Marlins in his career as the Braves fell, 4-2, at loanDepot park in Miami and dropped their fourth straight since reaching .500 on Tuesday. “In a game like that … you know you can’t go out and just shut everybody out all the
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Within the next few days, Major League Baseball will send a memo to teams detailing the existing rules against the use of foreign substances on the baseball and how the league will plan to enforce these rules going forward, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports.  The official order to umpires is expected to come around June 21,
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The Nationals announced a series of roster moves today. Most notably, setup man Daniel Hudson has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. Meanwhile, Erick Fedde was reinstated from the injured list, and Jefry Rodriguez had his contracted selected from Triple-A. The Nats also selected the contract of Andres Machado, whom
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Jacob deGrom left yesterday’s game with flexor tendonitis, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com (via Twitter). Speaking after the game, deGrom continually stressed that though the concern was near his elbow, it wasn’t something that he was overly concerned about. He plans/hopes to make his next regularly scheduled start. Obviously, a healthy deGrom is crucial for
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