MLB Podcast - Episode 56: Mid-Season Hot Takes
Greg Jewett and Colby Conway see how things are going mid-season and give some hot takes on hot starts by several players.
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Brought in with a 5-0 lead in the eighth, Liam Hendriks struggled against the White Sox on Wednesday, giving up two runs and four hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Hendriks actually struck out five batters, but he gave up a two-run homer in the eighth and then allowed the White Sox to load the bases in the ninth before being lifted with two outs. Jake Diekman replaced him and walked in a run before retiring Jose Abreu to end the game. It was an odd call for A's manager Bob Melvin to bring in Hendriks with one on in the eighth in a five-run game. It would have made more sense in a normal postseason in which the teams would have a day off after Game 2, but the A's will play again tomorrow. Even if things broke right, Hendriks was probably going to throw 25-30 pitches in finishing this one. As is, he threw 49, putting his status for Thursday in serious doubt.
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Dallas Keuchel was tagged for five runs -- three earned -- in 3 1/3 innings by the A's in a loss Wednesday.
Keuchel was hurt by shaky defense in the first, but he gave up a two-run homer in the second and a solo homer in the fourth before being lifted. The two homers match the total he allowed in 11 regular-season starts this year.
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D. Vogelbach - DH
Daniel Vogelbach (quad) is in the designated hitter spot and batting cleanup for the Brewers on Wednesday in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round versus the Dodgers.
Vogelbach tweaked his right quad in the final regular season game on Sunday, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go in Game 1 against Walker Buehler. The Brewers also have Christian Yelich in the leadoff spot and Keston Hiura down in the eight hole. Their full lineup is as follows: Yelich LF, Ryan Braun RF, Jedd Gyorko 1B, Vogelbach DH, Avisail Garcia CF, Orlando Arcia SS, Eric Sogard 3B, Hiura 2B, Omar Narvaez C.
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K. Davis - DH
Khris Davis, who didn't start Game 1 against a right-hander, homered off Dallas Keuchel in Wednesday's Game 2 versus the White Sox.
Davis remained in the game after Keuchel was removed, though he didn't get another hit. He's probably not going to get postseason starts against righties unless someone gets hurt. He hit .135/.224/.288 in 58 plate appearances against righties in the postseason, compared to .303/.415/.394 versus lefties.
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Tim Anderson delivered a second straight three-hit game Wednesday in the loss to the A's.
Anderson would have won the AL batting title had he hit like this during the final week of the regular season. Unfortunately, he went 3-for-33 with 14 strikeouts in his last eight games, dropping his average from .366 to .322. At least he's having no such problems now.
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Yasmani Grandal homered in a second straight game and walked twice Wednesday against the A's.
Grandal hit a two-run homer off Liam Hendricks in the eighth and then walked with the bases loaded in the ninth to knock in all three White Sox runs. He also went deep in the Brewers' Wild Card loss last year, so he's 3-for-3 homering in postseason games in which he doesn't have to worry about getting benched in favor of Austin Barnes.
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Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning Wednesday to lead the Marlins to a 5-1 victory over the Cubs in Game 1 of their series.
The Marlins were held scoreless by Kyle Hendricks until Dickerson put them on the board in the seventh. They also got a two-run homer from Jesus Aguilar in the frame, accounting for all of their runs on the day. The 31-year-old Dickerson was playing in his first ever postseason game after spending time with five teams in eight big-league seasons. He hit .258/.311/.402 with seven homers during the regular season.
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S. Alcantara - SP
Sandy Alcantara held the Cubs to one run over 6 2/3 innings in a victory Wednesday.
Alcantara walked three and hit a batter, but the only damage on the afternoon came on Ian Happ's solo homer in the fifth. It's the fourth time in his last six starts that Alcantara has allowed just one run.
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