Arodys Vizcaino will serve as the Braves' closer following the trade of Jim Johnson.
Andrew McKirahan could get a few chances if the opposition is sending up a bunch of left-handed batters, but Vizcaino will be the main guy here. He's allowed only one run over nine innings since returning from a PED suspension. Obviously he needs to be added in fantasy leagues where he's still available.
Mets optioned C Anthony Recker to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Recker has hit just .123/.254/.228 over 22 games for the Mets this season. He's no longer needed with Travis d'Arnaud back.
Reds acquired RHP Keury Mella and INF Adam Duvall from the Giants in exchange for RHP Mike Leake.
Ranked prior to the season by Baseball America as the Giants' No. 4 prospect, Mella boasts a 3.01 ERA with 282 strikeouts over his first 272 1/3 pro innings. The 22-year-old has a ways to go but projects as a possible mid-rotation starter for the Reds.
Reds acquired INF Adam Duvall and RHP Keury Mella from the Giants in exchange for RHP Mike Leake.
Duvall, 26, hit 27 homers at Triple-A last season and has 26 so far in 2015, but he's been blocked at the major league level and not gotten much of a chance. Unfortunately for him, he's now blocked again in Cincinnati by Joey Votto and Todd Frazier.
Giants acquired RHP Mike Leake from the Reds in exchange for 1B Adam Duvall and RHP Keury Mella.
The Giants were unable to land the frontline starter they sought, but Leake isn't a bad backup plan. The right-hander boasts a 3.56 ERA on the season and has put up a 2.59 mark since the beginning of June. He'll bump Tim Hudson to the bullpen.
Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and a double as the Cubs beat the Brewers 5-2 on Thursday.
The Brewers were up 2-0 when Rizzo delivered his big blow in the eighth. The Cubs then added two runs in the ninth as insurance. Rizzo has homered in back-to-back games, so maybe his lengthy slump is coming to an end. He had just one homer in five weeks prior to yesterday.
Hector Rondon recorded his second save in two days Thursday with a perfect ninth against the Brewers.
It looks like the closing gig is Rondon's again, which begs the question of why he was ever lifted from the spot in the first place. He could be a top-10 closer the rest of the way.
Jimmy Nelson pitched seven shutout innings for the second straight start Thursday in a no-decision against the Cubs.
This one was better than last week's, in which he allowed five hits and struck out five. Tonight, he allowed just two hits and struck out eight. It's certainly encouraging for the Brewers that Nelson is in the midst of a second-half surge, but we're still not sure he has a lot to offer mixed leaguers, especially with runs and wins becoming tougher to come by.