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– MLB (@MLB) June 22, 2022
On the Agenda:
- Closer Chaos
- Quick Hits
- Various News and Notes
- Streaming Pitchers
Dany Jimenez was placed on the IL with a shoulder strain. There was no structural damage shown in the MRI, but there is no timetable for his return. Zach Johnson and AJ Puk are likely to be the leading candidates for saves in his absence.
Manuel Margot and Kevin Keirmaier were placed on the IL. Margot is expected to miss an extended period of time with a knee sprain while Keirmaier is expected to return fairly soon. Brett Phillips and Josh Lowe should get an increase in their playing time while they recover.
Brandon Crawford left Tuesday’s game with a knee contusion after a collision at home plate. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Buddy Kennedy left Tuesday’s game with wrist discomfort. Consider him day-to-day for now.
George Springer left Tuesday’s game with elbow discomfort. He is expected to undergo further testing on Wednesday. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Sal Perez left Tuesday’s game with an apparent hand issue after a swing. He had just returned from an IL stint for his thumb, so it would make sense if he aggravated that issue. Consider him day-to-day, but hopefully we will get more information on Wednesday.
Various News and Notes
Roansy Contreras threw five innings in the victory over the Cubs, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out three.
Roansy Contreras, 97mph ⛽️ pic.twitter.com/RESTEegknU
– Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 21, 2022
In spite of the decent line, Contreras wasn’t particularly sharp. He gave up a home run to Patrick Wisdom and should have given up another to Christopher Morel. The fastball and curve are great but he can struggle commanding his stuff. The Cubs didn’t make him pay, but there will be downs with the ups until he commands better in the zone.
Marco Gonzales threw seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out two in the victory.
“Very Boring & Not Sexy” is Marco Gonzales’ message after his first win in five starts since beating the A’s on May 23 in Seattle. pic.twitter.com/xbVGfffynB
– Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) June 22, 2022
Gonzales had thrown six scoreless innings before giving up a two run shot in the seventh to Nick Allen. Gonzales does a great job at keeping batters off balanced by being able to throw all four of his pitches at any time. The underlying numbers aren’t good, but they are never for him and he almost always out pitches his peripherals, so if you can handle the bad WHIP, he is a good ERA stabilizer and team streamer.
Nolan Gorman went 4-for-4 with two home runs in the victory over the Brewers.
Sometimes one isn’t enough pic.twitter.com/B4dwBvyeIB
– St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) June 22, 2022
Gorman has been great since being called up, hitting .280 / .350 / .516 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 103 plate appearances. He has been striking out at a 32% rate which will likely come back to bite him at some point, but for now he is an everyday player in a great lineup and he might be able to out run the swing and miss for a bit.
Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% on CBS)
Pitcher for Today: Chad Kuhl at MIA
Kuhl has quietly been pretty good this year, but on the road the strikeouts have been great. He gets a nice matchup in Miami.
High Risk Options: Ross Stripling at CHW, Tyler Wells vs WAS, Patrick Corbin at BAL, Daniel Lynch at LAA.
Pitcher for Tomorrow: Johnny Cueto vs BAL
Feels like a trap but Cueto has pitched well and it is a good matchup.
High Risk Options: Justin Steele at PIT, Kyle Freeland at MIA, Braxton Garrett at MIA, Jason Alexander vs STL.
For those of you that would like to see how these picks play out, I have a doc I put together to track the stats from the recommended pitchers. It does not include the “High Risk Options.”