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Wade Miley became the 17th Cincinnati Red to throw a no-hitter on Friday. It was the fifth no-hitter of the season -- if we're counting Madison Bumgarner's seven-inning no-no -- and the second one this week after John Means completed the feat on Wednesday. Surprisingly, it was the first official no-hitter this season in which the pitcher walked a batter. Cleveland put two runners on base with an error and a walk in the sixth inning, but Miley was able to get Jordan Luplow to line out to end the inning.
The 34-year-old left-hander went the distance by striking out eight batters -- five swinging -- and generating 15 groundouts to just one fly-out. The best contact off Miley came in the fifth inning when Franmil Reyes hit a ball at 104 miles per hour directly to the shortstop for a lineout that had an expected batting average based on similar batted balls of .720. But every no-hitter comes with a bit of luck. The 15th groundout, a ball hit 71.9 miles per hour to the shortstop by Luplow, would be the one to put Miley in the record books. He pitched the game of his life, hitting his spots and being in control through all nine frames. Miley credited his son, who gave his father a "sticker Hulk tattoo" to wear before the game. He might have to find more stickers for his next outing.
The fourth no-hitter this early into the season does bring into question the state of where the game is today. No, it's not just Cleveland -- the opposing team in two of the four no-hitters -- but a trend around baseball that has the league hitting a record-low .233 collectively through Friday's action. The 2015 season saw the most no-hitters in the league with seven. There's a decent chance we see more than that in 2021 -- we're halfway there.
Buster Posey Turning Back The Clock
Buster Posey hit his eighth home run of the season on Friday and has an incredible triple-slash of .397/.463/.767 through 82 plate appearances. That's a home run for every 10.25 plate appearances. The year off from baseball has done wonders for the 34-year-old former MVP. The home run on Friday was an opposite-field homer to right-field over the arcade in Oracle Park. Since 2008, there have been only 37 home runs hit the opposite way by right-handed batters. Hitting one out towards the bay is not an easy thing to do for right-handers. Posey has three of them, with the other two coming in 2010 and 2012 -- his Rookie of the Year and MVP seasons. He's certainly playing like it's 2012.
Pitchers with an EDGE
Zach Plesac vs CLE - 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 7 K
Unfortunately for Plesac, he was the other pitcher in the game that saw Wade Miley throw a no-hitter. Plesac was excellent in this one, allowing just three hits and no walks while striking out seven batters. After four starts, he had a 6.75 ERA. Since then, Plesac has been able to lower his ERA to 3.83 following his last three starts.
Carlos Rodon vs KC - 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 8 K
What an incredible run for Rodon, who has given up just two earned runs all season. After six more scoreless frames, he lowed his ERA to 0.58 with a 0.68 WHIP and 44 strikeouts over 31 innings.
Sean Manaea vs TB - 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 10 K
After Wade Miley completed his no-hitter, all eyes turned to Sean Manaea as he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning. He did allow a leadoff hit and a run to score, but he was excellent nonetheless, striking out ten batters over 7 1/3 against the Rays. The 29-year-old left-hander has enjoyed a great season so far, with a 3.07 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 43 strikeouts over 41 innings.
Hitters with an EDGE
DJ LeMahieu vs WSH - 3-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Yeah, LeMahieu was due for one of these games. He started things off with a solo shot off of Patrick Corbin to lead off the game. LeMahieu took Corbin deep again in the sixth inning for his third home run of the season. The three-hit day brings his batting average up from .267 to .283. We're still dealing with small samples here, so a big day can change the numbers and turn a season around. LeMahieu was sure to get going at some point, and Friday was that day.
Isan Diaz vs MIL - 2-for-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB
Diaz, playing second base with Jazz Chisholm on the injured list, took Patrick Weigel deep in the third inning with the bases loaded for a grand slam to put the Marlins up 5-0. It was the first grand slam of his career. Diaz is likely to lose playing time once Chisholm is activated, but he made his case for more at-bats on Friday with a stellar day at the plate.
J.T. Realmuto vs ATL - 3-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Realmuto reached base four times on the day and blasted his fourth home run of the season off of Carl Edwards Jr. in the eighth inning. The 30-year-old catcher is hitting .308 with four home runs, 15 RBI, and two steals following Friday's contest.
Adbert Alzolay, SP Chicago Cubs ( Available in 88 percent of Yahoo Leagues)
Alzolay is coming off back-to-back solid outings in which he held the Dodgers and Braves -- two of the best lineups in baseball -- to just two runs each. He struck out seven Dodgers over five innings in his last start. The right-hander has a nice matchup against Cleveland -- who were just no-hit -- next week on the road, then gets two starts the following week. Alzolay carries a 4.50 ERA that comes with a 3.72 FIP, 3.42 xFIP, and 3.31 SIERA that indicates his numbers should be much better. He also has an excellent 13.7 percent swinging-strike rate. Alzolay could be a starting pitcher you pick up and hold for the remainder of the season.
Jake McGee struck out the side to record his eighth save of the season against the Padres. McGee had been struggling of late. Gabe Kapler went as far as indicating he could give save chances to Tyler Rogers. It was a much-needed outing for McGee and the Giants.
Rex Brothers entered the game against the Pirates for a one-out save, his first this season for the Cubs. Craig Kimbrel was apparently having a "down" day and was unavailable, but should be ready to go on Saturday.
Kendall Graveman struck out the side to record his fourth save of the season on Friday against the Rangers. Yeah, it's time to make him the full-time closer. Just do it, Servais.
Liam Hendriks worked around two hits with two strikeouts to record his sixth save of the season against the Royals on Friday.
Jake Diekman got the final two outs in the ninth inning of a tie game and was credited with a win after the A's walked it off in the ninth. Meanwhile, Emmanuel Clase surrendered three runs in the ninth inning of a scoreless game against the Reds to take the loss.
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Matchup of the Day
This game features two starting pitchers going in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts that have vastly outperformed their draft costs. Musgrove tossed the first no-hitter of the season and takes a 2.38 ERA into this matchup against the division-leading Giants. On the other side, Gausman has been worth every bit of the qualifying offer the Giants extended to him as he has a 2.04 ERA through six starts. Can the Giants really compete with the Padres and Dodgers atop the west? This should be a good one.
American League Quick Hits: Adalberto Mondesi (oblique) is making progress ... Byron Buxton was placed on the injured list with a hip strain ... Yuli Gurriel went 4-for-4 with a homer on Friday ... Brandon Lowe went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts ... Framber Valdez threw 20 pitches of live batting practice on Friday ... Rays placed Ryan Yarbrough on the COVID-19 injured list ... Marco Gonzalez could resume throwing off a mound this weekend ... Enrique Hernandez was placed on the injured list with a right hamstring strain ... Khris Davis will be activated from the injured list this weekend ... Rowdy Tellez was recalled by the Blue Jays ... Garrett Crochet was activated from the injured list ... Twins purchased the contract of Trevor Larnach ... Miguel Andujar was recalled by the Yankees ... Albert Abreu was optioned to Triple-A ... The Angels acquired Drew Butera from the Rangers
National League Quick Hits: Jacob deGrom played catch again on Friday ... Juan Soto returned to the Nationals lineup on Friday ... Bryce Harper returned to the lineup on Friday ... Clayton Kershaw will start Saturday against the Angels ... Jazz Chisholm begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday ... Jean Segura went 4-for-5 in his return from the IL ... Ian Happ was placed on the injured list with bruised ribs ... Elieser Hernandez will throw live batting practice Saturday ... Joey Votto was played on the injured list with a fractured left thumb ... The Reds activated Shogo Akiyama from the injured list ... Alex Dickerson was placed on the injured list with a bone bruise in his shoulder ... Merrill Kelly was activated from the injured list ... Kyle Ryan was designated for assignment ... Jason Adam was recalled by the Cubs ... The Cubs purchased the contract of Nick Martini ... The Braves purchased the contract of Carl Edwards Jr. ... The Brewers signed Hernan Perez to a minor league contract ... Mets prospect Matthew Allan will undergo Tommy John surgery ... Reyes Moronta is dealing with a mild ligament sprain in his elbow