I’ll give the 2020 baseball season credit for this: it’s going to make us feel like it was 26 weeks. Illness, injury, and outbreak have not been in short supply. FAAB periods have been wild. Here’s my corner of the internet to help keep you afloat in this sea of change.
- Turns out Craig Kimbrell is shot after all. Rowan Wick is the assumed closer now, though Jeremy Jeffress has a recent save and will be called on for high leverage spots, as well. There’s more strikeout upside to Wick.
- James Karinchak did, in fact, eat a save opp from Brad Hand last week. Karinchak is going to have to show he can consistently control his wipeout stuff. But if he does…
- As is the case every season, baseball is teaching the lesson of not paying for closers, even the best one of the prior season. Kirby Yates is the current embodiment of that. My guess is arm troubles. Any way you slice it, he’s an overpay in 2020. Drew Pomeranz got the mop up save Friday as Yates let the Rockies within one run. If Yates gets IL’d, I’d expect a lefty/righty team of Pomeranz and Emilio Pagan.
- Jairo Diaz is the man to roster in Wade Davis absence now that Scott Oberg’s season, and possibly, career are over due to blood clots. Not something you ever want to see.
- The Padres are being rewarded yet again for giving a young player a role. Trent Grisham hit three homers this past week. He threw in two steals for good measure. That was the sound of the very small amount the buying window on him was open slamming shut.
- One of the few nice things about the Mariners is that you can count on them to run. J.P. Crawford, Tim Lopes, and Shed Long all stole two bases last week. There are ten MLB teams that have yet to steal multiple bases this season. Maybe it’s the coffee. Stream some Seattlites if you get the chance.