Fantasy Baseball Closer Report and Bullpen Depth Chart – May 5

With more shifting roles across the league, it’s important to stay on top of the latest developments. Arizona Diamondbacks Mark Melancon landed on the injury report on April 29th with a Covid-19 issue. He tossed six shutout innings over his previous six games with no walks, three strikeouts, and four saves. Melancon has yet to … Read more

Madison Bumgarner’s ejection, reframed as umpire fan fiction

Wednesday’s Diamondbacks–Marlins game in Miami was the setting of what was the most recent unintentionally comedic episode of The Ump Show. Madison Bumgarner, who started the game for the D-backs, was ejected after the first inning by first base umpire Dan Bellino during what should have been a routine sticky stuff inspection. It was a … Read more

Jo Adell squeezed out of Angels’ outstanding outfield

Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning during the regular season you’ll get a fresh, topical story to start your day from one of SI.com’s MLB writers. BOSTON – Before the Angels fell, 4–0, to the Red Sox on Tuesday, outfielder Jo Adell disembarked the team plane at Logan Airport. A few staffers unpacked … Read more

Mets Manager Buck Showalter Discusses MLB Punishing Mets, Not Other Pitchers

A day after serving a one-game suspension following pitcher Yoan López throwing at Phillies hitters, Mets manager Buck Showalter discussed how he feels the team has been treated unfairly by the league — yet tried to fix his focus forward while refraining from sharing his full views on the matter. “I’m worried about the game … Read more

Clayton Kershaw becomes Dodgers’ career strikeout leader

Clayton Kershaw has spent his entire 15-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press LOS ANGELES—Clayton Kershaw became the Dodgers‘career strikeout leader during the fourth inning of Saturday night’s game against Detroit. The 33-year-old lefty began the game needing four to pass Don Sutton. They got Dustin Garneau to chase … Read more

Yankees Anthony Rizzo is hitting like he did with the Cubs

Erick W. Rasco / Sports Illustrated Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning during the regular season you’ll get a fresh, topical story to start your day from one of SI.com’s MLB writers. NEW YORK – As Anthony Rizzo’s free agency stretched into its fifth month, he realized two things: After a disappointing 2020 … Read more