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Sat Sep 3001:40J.P. Crawford Delivers A Grand Slam In Win Over TexasJ.P. CrawfordSSPhilliesFree Agent
Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford went 1-for-4 with a grand slam, two runs scored, a walk, and two strikeouts in an 8-0 shutout win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night. Crawford played the hero on Thursday night, delivering a walk-off single to prevent the Rangers from clinching a playoff spot. He wasn't done yet, however, as he roped a grand slam into right field on Friday off of reliever Brock Burke to give Seattle an 8-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Neither team would score for the rest of the game and Texas pulled a handful of their star players as they'll try to regroup and clinch a postseason berth on Saturday. As for Crawford, he's put together the best season of his career so far, slashing .266/.381/.440 with 19 home runs, 65 RBI, and two stolen bases over 527 at-bats. The on-base percentage, slugging percentage, home runs, and RBI are all career-bests for the 28-year-old shortstop.
Fri Sep 2918:49Ramon Urias Scratched From Friday's LineupRamón Urías2BCardinalsFree Agent
Baltimore Orioles infielder Ramon Urias (illness) has been scratched from Friday's starting lineup versus the Boston Red Sox. Both Urias and catcher Adley Rutschman will hit the bench with an illness on Friday. Possibly, the two of them partied too hard after clinching the AL East division on Thursday. Regardless, it sounds like a minor issue, so both players should return within the next few days. In his absence, Jordan Westburg will cover third base and bat sixth versus right-hander Nick Pivetta on Friday.
Source: Nathan
Fri Sep 2912:17Luke Jackson Back From Paternity LeaveLuke JacksonRPBravesFree Agent
The San Francisco Giants reinstated relief pitcher Luke Jackson from the paternity list on Thursday. Jackson wasn't available for the series this week against the San Diego Padres, but he'll be in the team's bullpen for the final series of the regular season against the division-rival Los Angeles Dodgers with nothing on the line for either club. In his first year in the Bay Area, the 32-year-old veteran right-hander has been solid for the Gigantes, going 2-2 with a 2.97 ERA (3.28 FIP), 1.23 WHIP, 15 walks and 43 strikeouts in 33 1/3 relief innings.
Fri Sep 2900:38Bryan Shaw Earns Another SaveBryan ShawRPRockiesFree Agent
Chicago White Sox right-handed pitcher Bryan Shaw tossed a perfect ninth inning on Thursday to pick up his fourth save of the season in a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Shaw struck out one. He now has a 4.43 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 40 strikeouts in 42 IP. The White Sox appear to be mixing and matching in the bullpen, but Shaw has picked up two saves in the last week. For managers in the deep leagues, he may be a nice weekend saves stream for the final few days of the season.
Thu Sep 2821:29Mitch Keller Won't Start SundayMitch KellerSPPiratesFree Agent
Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Mitch Keller will not make his final start of the season on Sunday against the Miami Marlins. The Pirates aren't playing for anything and Keller has already thrown a career-high 194 1/3 innings in his fifth major-league season. The 27-year-old made the All-Star team for the first time in his career in 2023 and finishes with a 13-9 record, 4.21 ERA (3.80 FIP), 1.24 WHIP, 55 walks and a career-high 210 strikeouts in his 32 starts. Keller wasn't as sharp in the second half of the season, though, posting a 5.59 ERA with 21 walks and 81 strikeouts in 77 1/3 innings over 13 starts after the All-Star break.
Source: Pittsburgh PG - Jason
Thu Sep 2821:23Logan Webb Won't Make Another Start, Kyle Harrison To Pitch SundayLogan WebbSPGiantsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants right-hander Logan Webb will no longer start the season finale on Sunday against the division-rival Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants were considering giving him one more start to try and chase down Padres left-hander Blake Snell in the National League Cy Young race. Instead, left-handed rookie Kyle Harrison (illness) is lined up to face the Dodgers on Sunday. The 26-year-old Webb was solid again in 2023 with a 3.25 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 194 strikeouts in 216 innings over 33 starts for the Gigantes. Harrison was scratched due to an illness on Tuesday against the Padres, but he's feeling better now and will make one more start this year. The 22-year-old southpaw has struggled in his first six major-league starts, posting a 4.85 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, nine walks and 31 strikeouts in 29 2/3 frames.
Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Alex
Thu Sep 2821:08Freddy Peralta, Brandon Woodruff Won't Pitch This WeekendFreddy PeraltaRP/SPBrewersTeam Mike
Brandon WoodruffRP/SPBrewersFree Agent
The Milwaukee Brewers will give right-handers Freddy Peralta and Brandon Woodruff some extra rest before the postseason and won't have them pitch in the final series of the regular season this weekend against the Chicago Cubs. Woodruff will throw some live batting practice on Friday as his final tune-up. The Brewers could face the Cubs next week in the wild-card series as well, so they'll keep the Cubs from potentially facing two of their starters twice. Peralta, 27, will finish his 2023 season with a 3.86 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 210 strikeouts in 165 2/3 innings over 30 starts. Woodruff, 30, was even better with a 2.28 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 74 K's in 67 innings pitched in just 11 starts due to injury.
Source: - Adam
Wed Sep 2716:50Adbert Alzolay Throws Live Batting PracticeAdbert AlzolaySPCubsFree Agent
Chicago Cubs closer Adbert Alzolay (forearm) threw 20 pitches in a live batting practice session to Jeimer Candelario on Wednesday. Alzolay was placed on the injured list in the middle of September with a right-forearm strain, but he's making good progress and could return to the Cubs bullpen before the end of the 2023 regular season this Sunday. The Cubbies are currently in the final wild-card spot in the National League entering play on Wednesday, so they can use all the help they can get to try to get into the postseason. With Alzolay sidelined, the team's last two saves have gone to Julian Merryweather and Jose Cuas, but Alzolay should return to the primary closing role once he's activated.
Source: Watch Marquee - Taylor
Wed Sep 2700:54Ryan Helsley Earns 13th Save Of Season TuesdayRyan HelsleySPCardinalsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals closer Ryan Helsley picked up his 13th save of the season in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Brewers. Helsley entered the game to pitch the bottom of the ninth up by three and struck out the side to shut the door. While the 29-year-old did miss a portion of the season with a right forearm strain, he has pitched well overall this season, converting 13 of 18 save opportunities with a 2.52 ERA, a 12.62 K/9 rate, and a 4.29 BB/9 rate. Hopefully, he will be able to stay healthy and solidify his role in 2024.
Tue Sep 2612:26Caleb Ferguson Serving As Game 1 Opener TuesdayCaleb FergusonRP/SPDodgersFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Caleb Ferguson is serving as the team's opener on Tuesday for the first game of their doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. After Ferguson goes a few innings, right-hander Ryan Pepiot is expected to enter as the bulk reliever. The 27-year-old Ferguson isn't a recommended fantasy streamer, as it would be a surprise to see him go more than an inning in this one. The left-handed reliever has had a fine year for the Dodgers this year, though, going 7-3 with a 2.47 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, three saves and 67 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings over 65 appearances (six starts). In his six starts in 2023, Ferguson has allowed two earned runs while striking out five in just six innings of work.
Source: SB Nation - Eric
Tue Sep 2600:42Logan Webb Goes The Distance In Monday's WinLogan WebbSPGiantsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Logan Webb was excellent in Monday's 2-1 win over the Padres. Webb pitched a complete game, allowing a single run on nine hits and no walks with seven strikeouts. In a season where starting pitching was so volatile, the 26-year-old has been the definition of consistency. He is now 11-13 with a 3.25 ERA, 8.08 K/9 rate, and 1.29 BB/9 rate. He is currently slated for one more matchup against the Dodgers to end the season. While this is not a favorable matchup, fantasy managers should trust him to try to gain any final advantage they can get.
Tue Sep 2600:33Clay Holmes Earns 22nd Save Of Season MondayClay HolmesRP/SPPiratesFree Agent
New York Yankees closer Clay Holmes picked up his 22nd save of the season in Monday's 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks. Holmes entered the game to pitch the top of the ninth up by two and turned in a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. While his role and performance have fluctuated at times throughout the season, Holmes has pitched well overall, converting all but three save opportunities with a 2.95 ERA and 10.18 K/9 rate. Hopefully, he will be able to help fantasy managers out a bit more in the final week of the season.
Mon Sep 2521:42Sean Hjelle Recalled As Luke Jackson Lands On Paternity ListLuke JacksonRPBravesFree Agent
The San Francisco Giants recalled right-hander Sean Hjelle on Monday to take the roster spot of right-hander Luke Jackson, who was placed on the paternity list. Hjelle will bolster the bullpen for the Giants while Jackson is away from the team. Hjelle has made 13 appearances in 2023, posting a 2-1 record and an 8.10 ERA across 23 1/3 innings of work. Jackson should be back with the Giants by the end of the week.
Source: San Francisco Giants on
Mon Sep 2512:27Kevin Newman Activated And DFA'dKevin NewmanSSPiratesFree Agent
The Cincinnati Reds reinstated infielder Kevin Newman (oblique) from the 10-day injured list on Monday and then designated him for assignment. Newman missed over a month with an oblique injury and will now not be with the Reds as they look to somehow secure the final wild-card spot in the National League over the final week of the regular season. The 30-year-old veteran will likely make it to the free-agent market and be looking for a new team this offseason. In his first year in Cincinnati in 2023, he hit .253/.311/.364 with only three home runs, 16 doubles, 28 RBI, eight stolen bases and 28 runs scored in 253 plate appearances and 74 games.
Source: Reds
Sun Sep 2423:37Michael Lorenzen Earns First SaveMichael LorenzenSPRedsFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Michael Lorenzen recorded his first save in 2023 as he closed out the Mets on Sunday. He needed just 13 pitches to shut down Mets batters in the ninth. Lorenzen has worked out of the bullpen before, as he's collected 15 saves in his major league career. His last save was in the 2021 season. The 31-year-old has posted a 4-2 record with a 5.89 ERA in 44/1 innings since joining the Phillies.
Sun Sep 2421:26Michael Lorenzen Records First SaveMichael LorenzenSPRedsFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen originally joined the team as a starter, but was recently moved to the bullpen. The Phillies called upon Lorenzen to protect a three-run lead versus the New York Mets on Sunday. The right-hander needed only 13 pitches to close out this contest. He earned his first save of the season and it might not be his last. He now holds a 4.26 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and a 108/46 K/BB ratio over 150 innings on the season.
Sun Sep 2418:59Patrick Wisdom Knocks A Two-Run Homer SundayPatrick Wisdom3B/PHCardinalsFree Agent
On Sunday, Chicago Cubs third baseman Patrick Wisdom contributed with a two-run home run and a walk as the Cubs narrowly defeated the Rockies 4-3, completing a crucial sweep. Despite having his playing time reduced, the 32-year-old still has smacked 22 homers in 2023. During the second half of the season, the infielder has posted a .262 batting average with eight homers in 70 at-bats. Overall, Wisdom has posted a slash line of .207/.294/.504 across 290 trips to the plate.
Source: Jordan
Sun Sep 2417:35Kyle Wright Surrenders One Run In A Three-Inning OutingKyle WrightRP/SPBravesFree Agent
In Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves right-handed pitcher Kyle Wright took the mound in a relief role and gave up only one run over three frames. The Braves are testing Wright as a potential relief option for October. The 27-year-old has pitched in 28/1 innings this season, logging 30 strikeouts while posting an 0-3 record. Wright also has a 7.22 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP.
Sat Sep 2318:36Chris Paddack Could Return On SundayChris PaddackSPPadresFree Agent
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Chris Paddack (elbow) could rejoin the big league roster as early as Sunday. The right-hander has been sidelined all season while he recovers from Tommy John surgery. It appears the 27-year-old is nearly ready to return after making three rehab appearances. During that span, Paddack registered a 3.72 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 15/3 K/BB ratio over 9 innings. He could be a valuable asset to the Twins rotation as they head into the postseason.
Source: Dan
Sat Sep 2313:57Raimel Tapia Getting Called Up By The RaysRaimel TapiaCF/PHRockiesFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Raimel Tapia has had his contract selected from Triple-A Durham. The veteran outfielder will replace Brandon Lowe (knee), who is done for the season, on the active roster. Tapia couldn't stick with either the Red Sox or the Brewers this season and signed a minor league contract with Tampa Bay in early August. The 29-year-old was a .280/.325/.396 hitter with the Rockies over the first six years of his career but he's found life away from Coors Field a little more difficult. He's slashing just .256/.296/.369 over the last two years while playing with Toronto, Boston, and Milwaukee.
Source: Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay