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The Royals have been dealt a huge blow, as Mike Moustakas is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
Rougned Odor's suspension was reduced from eight games to seven.
Braves infielder Hector Olivera has been suspended 82 games following the conclusion of a investigation into a domestic violence incident, involving the 31-year-old.
The Dodgers are calling up their 19-year-old phenom pitching prospect, Julio Urias, and he will start on Friday.
Speaking of Urias, here is a look as to what he can bring to the table.
As things stand right now Urias projects as a #2/3 starter. He has top-of-the rotation potential, but most of his projection relies on technical development and refinement rather than physical maturation. And too often, pitching prospects have unrealistic “future ace” labels hung on them; calling Urias a guy who projects as a #2 starter is no knock on him, but a recognition of how hard it is to achieve ace-level performance. But the Dodgers already have an ace, and if Urias is as good in the short-term as the projections think, he’ll be able to help the Dodgers until they shut him down to protect his arm.
Urias isn’t going to single-handedly save the Dodgers season, but for one night at least, the team will get a look at its future.
If Jordan Zimmermann is sidelined, Matt Boyd is on standby for the Detroit Tigers.
Keeping eyes on the MLB Draft, here are three teams that have their sights set on pitching.
Here is a roundup of the latest news from around the National League East.
The latest edition of the Rosterbatorical was released yesterday, and you can listen to that here.
Forget Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. Lately, Steven Matz has been the ace of the New York Mets.
When looking at his splits, it's interesting to note that he does much better on the road than he does at Citi Field, at least by ERA. One the road it's a minuscule 1.32, but in Queens it's 3.63. Another fascinating split is day/night; Matz thrives during the day. He's 3-0 and has not given up a run in just over 22 innings pitched. He's also issued only three walks while striking out 24 batters during the day.
At night, it's a different story for Matz. He's not awful, but his numbers are quite different. At night his ERA jumps to 4.36, and he's given up 31 hits compared to the nine he's given up during the day. One similar number is strikeouts. He's struck out 26 batters at night. He's also given up three home runs at night while not yet falling victim to the long ball during the day. While not statistically an indicator of much, they're interesting to point out.
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