Adalberto Mondesi SS/3B KC
Tue 9/28/21 2:13 AM
Mondesi went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Monday's 8-3 loss to Cleveland.
EDGE AnalysisWhile it was Mondesi's first theft in his last five games, the infielder has now recorded 13 stolen bases in September. He's 14-for-15 on the basepaths this year while adding a .252/.292/.495 slash line across 116 plate appearances in an injury-riddled season, although a move to third base and regular rest has kept him in good shape recently.
Kyle Zimmer RP KC
Tue 9/28/21 2:10 AM
Zimmer allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits in one inning during Monday's 8-3 loss to Cleveland.
EDGE AnalysisZimmer gave up a solo home run to his brother, Cleveland outfielder Bradley Zimmer, and a sacrifice fly by Andres Gimenez yielded another run. The 30-year-old Zimmer hasn't been very effective in September with seven runs allowed (five earned) across seven innings. He now has a 5.12 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 44:29 K:BB, two saves and 10 holds through 51 innings overall.
Bryan Shaw RP CLE
Tue 9/28/21 2:07 AM
Shaw recorded a perfect inning and earned a hold in Monday's 8-3 win over Kansas City.
EDGE AnalysisThis is the fifth season in which Shaw has picked up 20 holds, although it's his first such campaign since 2017. The right-hander has pitched to a 3.48 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 69:36 K:BB across 75 innings this season, often working in high-leverage spots. While he's had some struggles in September, he's now pitched 3.2 consecutive scoreless innings in his last four games.
60DOliver Drake RP TB
Tue 9/28/21 12:34 AM
Drake (elbow/neck/back) has been completely shut down from throwing for the time being due to a neck/back issue, the team's official site reports.
EDGE AnalysisDrake had been able to throw live batting practice sessions July 2 and July 7 at the Rays' spring training complex without setbacks to his elbow, but he began to be bothered by neck and back and back soreness shortly thereafter. The issues apparently haven't subsided sufficiently for Drake to be able to continue rehabbing without restriction, meaning it appears he'll head into the offseason with a murky outlook on his potential availability for spring training.
Nelson Cruz DH TB
Tue 9/28/21 12:23 AM
Cruz returned Sunday from a one-game layoff to finish his recovery from an illness and went 1-for-3 with an RBI sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single in a win over the Marlins.
EDGE AnalysisCruz was out of the starting lineup for three of the Rays' last five games while dealing with a non-COVID illness, although he was able to make a pinch-hit appearance Saturday despite initially getting the day off to complete his recovery. However, Cruz's return Sunday, when he took all four possible plate appearances as the designated hitter, seems to confirm he should be able to play as needed over the final games of the regular season before the playoffs start.
Anthony Alford LF/CF PIT
Mon 9/27/21 10:19 PM
Alford went 2-for-4 with one run scored in Monday's 13-1 loss to the Reds.
EDGE AnalysisHe's hitting .279 with four homers and three steals in 61 September at-bats. Alford hit a pair of homers off Tuesday's starter Alec Mills on Sept. 3. The 27-year-old may have put himself in the organization's plans for 2022 with his recent showing.
Liam Hendriks RP CWS
Mon 9/27/21 10:16 PM
Hendriks pitched a scoreless ninth inning on his way to a save Monday against the Tigers. He allowed one hit and struck out two.
EDGE AnalysisHendriks gave up a single to Jeimer Candelario to open the inning before settling down and retiring the next three batters in order. The save was his 37th of the season and the 32-year-old has now converted 11 straight save opportunities. Hendriks has put together 13 straight scoreless appearances, walking none with an 11.9 K/9 in 13.2 innings.
Eric Haase C/LF/DH DET
Mon 9/27/21 10:14 PM
Haase went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in Monday's loss to the White Sox.
EDGE AnalysisHaase has been struggling lately, as he came into Monday batting just .121 over his previous 10 contests. This was also his first multi-hit performance since Aug. 14. He's offset that to some degree with 22 home runs and 59 RBI this season, but Haase will need to prove his value again in 2022 given his limited MLB success before this year.
Yasmani Grandal C/1B/DH CWS
Mon 9/27/21 10:08 PM
Grandal went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs and a walk in the win over the Tigers on Monday.
EDGE AnalysisThe catcher opened the scoring for the White Sox in this one, launching a solo homer off of Matt Manning in the top of the fourth inning. He has now hit 23 home runs this season in only 88 games. The multi-hit effort was his third in four contests, batting .500 with three runs and three RBI in those games.
Niko Goodrum 2B/SS/LF/CF DET
Mon 9/27/21 10:07 PM
Goodrum went 1-for-3 with a triple, two walks, two RBI and two runs scored in Monday's loss to the White Sox.
EDGE AnalysisGoodrum collected his second triple of the season and snapped out of a mini 1-for-10 slump he was in over his last three games. It's mostly been a struggle for the versatile 29-year-old this year, as he's slashing just .211/.291/.338 after Monday's contest. Goodrum looked decent for the Tigers in 2018 and 2019 with an OPS above .740 both years, along with a combined 28 home runs and 24 stolen bases, but he's been unable to match that level of production the last two seasons.