Keith Law’s draft recap: AL team-by-team breakdown

jets_057The chart below breaks down all 30 major-league teams’ bullpens in terms of relievers’ proximity to the closer role, not their overall fantasy value. Teams are broken down by division.

CLOSER is either that team’s officially designated closer, or the pitcher most likely to get the team’s next save chance. NEXT IN LINE is the pitcher next-most likely to take over if something happens to the closer, or the one who might get any save chances on the closer’s nights off. NOTES beneath each division’s chart provide detail on teams’ closer situations that might have an unusual wrinkle, like an injury to the typical closer requiring a short term fill-in, or a committee situation.

NBC10 Philadelphia reporter Tim Furlong, who covered the event, said he couldn’t find one person that could even name the team’s starting quarterback.

He also reported that he found only one person at the event wearing Eagles gear.

Springer’s go-ahead single landed just in front of a sprinting Joey Gallo in left field against Jose Leclerc (1-2) after Guzman’s RBI single had pulled Texas even in the fifth.

According to research from the Rangers, only two other pitching staffs have combined to hit five batters in a game since 2002. Both were in 2017: San Diego against St. Louis and Toronto against Atlanta. In baseball-reference.com archives dating to 1908, the 2001 Angels were the only other team to win a game after hitting at least five batters.

The last AL pitcher to hit four batters in a game was Orlando Hernandez with the Chicago White Sox in 2005. Morton now shares the franchise record with the late Darryl Kile, who hit four against St. Louis in 1996. … Texas’ Jurickson Profar was hit twice in a game for the first time in his career. … Three of Houston’s walks went to Choo, who reached base in his 25th straight game to extend his majors-leading streak. … The Rangers have twice stranded 17 runners in a nine-inning game, most recently in 2007.

Astros: SS Carlos Correa missed a third straight game with soreness on his right side. Manager A.J. Hinch said Correa could be available Sunday if he doesn’t start, and the club is optimistic he will be ready after an off day Monday.

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