MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
The New York Mets placed Noah Syndergaard on the 10-day disabled list after he contracted hand, foot and mouth disease, he contracted while working a kids camp over the All-Star break, reported by David Lennon of Newsday.
Syndergaard remains one of the majors’ most valuable starters. While Syndergaard has racked up just 13 starts this year, he has already accumulated 2.3 fWAR, thanks to a 2.89 ERA/2.56 FIP and 10.0 K/9 against 1.81 BB/9.
The Los Angeles Dodger maybe at it again as they look at Zach Britton to ad to their pitching staff. Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com lists the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox as heavier suitors than the Dodgers.
Ken Rosenthal notes that it may be difficult because of Dodgers desire to stay under the luxury-tax threshold. No matter where Britton goes, the O’s hope to make a deal happen within the next few days adds Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
The Braves’ interest is an eye-opener, however, considering they have Ozzie Albies at second. Perhaps they could stand to upgrade over Dansby Swanson at shortstop and Johan Camargo at third base, but both players have outperformed Schoop this year, and Schoop has minimal professional experience at those two positions.
Can Sonny Gray be part of a trade deadline deal? The New York Yankees acquired Gray from the Oakland Athletics last July and teams have shown some interest. Jon Heyman of Fancred tweets ,Heyman casts doubt on the Yankees shipping out Gray, though.
The 28-year-old Gray has been a quality mid-rotation starter for the majority of his career, but he’s now amid his second-worst season in terms of both ERA (5.34) and FIP (4.41). While Gray has managed the second-best strikeout rate of his major league tenure (8.53 K/9), he has partially offset that with a personal-worst walk rate (3.94 BB/9). He has also generated the fewest ground balls of his career (a still-respectable 47.6 percent), racked up just 96 innings in 19 starts and totaled only seven quality starts.
The Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers and Philadephia Phillies are among the clubs with interest in Asdrubal Cabrera, Buster Olney of ESPN tweets. The switch-hitting Cabrera has already been a member of the Indians, with whom he played from 2007-14. Cabrera was primarily a shortstop during that span, but the Indians certainly don’t need help there with Francisco Lindor in the fold. Cabrera has made it known he’d prefer to play second but Jason Kipnis has been the second baseman for the Tribe.
The Phillies announced that they’ve placed reliever Edubray Ramos on the 10-day disabled list with a left patella tendon strain. To take his roster spot, the team reinstated fellow reliever Luis Garcia from the DL.
Scott Lauber of the Philadephia Inquirer reports the Phillies seem to be siding on rolling with the youngs hitters like In Maikel Franco and Scott Kingery and Nick Williams.
If they would trade at the deadline, Minnesota Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar, Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas or any of the other hitters who are available before the July 31 trade deadline.
I’d like to start off by asking a trivia question: Who pitched better in 2015? Shelby Miller or Drew Hutchison?
Here’s a hint. Their records were 6-17 and 13-5, respectively. I’m guessing that with this information you would be comfortable answering Drew Hutchison. Here’s another hint. Their ERAs were 3.02 and 5.57, respectively. Yes, respectively. Same order.
I’m guessing now you may be reconsidering. Here’s my point. The notion that wins are sufficient to measure starting pitcher performance would be absurd in today’s game. First and foremost, it’s a statistic that’s heavily dependent on run support. Let’s take a closer look at our Miller-Hutch example. Shelby Miller played with the Atlanta Braves and only tallied 6 wins in 33 starts because he only received 2.54 RS/9 (run support per 9 innings) from the league’s worst offense. Meanwhile, Drew Hutchison played with the Toronto Blue Jays and tallied 13 wins in 28 starts behind 7.90 RS/9 from the league’s top offense.
The Diamondbacks on Friday unveiled their 20th anniversary team as voted upon by the fans. After being named as one of the team’s three outfielders, 2001 World Series hero Luis Gonzalez said he felt “truly honored” to be included in the mix.
“It’s hard when you can only pick so many guys on a team,” Gonzalez said. “There’s guys that probably got a lot of votes but fell just short of making this list. I think the fans did a great job of selecting who they thought deserved it, though.
“There’s been so many great players that have played here. In 20 years, this organization has done a lot. I mean, a World Series title, a bunch of division crowns. It’s been remarkable to see how many good All-Star players and a Hall of Famer that’s run through here in 20 seasons.”
The Hall of Famer, of course, is left-hander Randy Johnson, who was named as one of the five starting pitchers on the 20th anniversary team. The other four starters chosen were Curt Schilling, who won co-World Series MVP honors with Johnson in 2001, Brandon Webb and two pitchers presently on the roster in 2018, Patrick Corbin and Zack Greinke. CONTINUE READING, by Arizona Republic
Scooter Gennett has been absolutely incredible in Cincinnati over the last year and a half. Originally claimed off of waivers from Milwaukee by the Reds, Gennett was a promising addition to the Reds’ lineup.
Scooter’s four home run game in 2017 put him in the forefront of every Reds fan’s mind. Then, this season, Gennett leads all National League hitters in batting average. Tuesday, he hit a game-tying, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of his first All-Star Game. Gennett has been unstoppable from the plate, he is a Southwest Ohio native, and is one of the most exciting and lighthearted players in baseball. It is no wonder that he has quickly become a fan favorite in Cincinnati.
While Gennett has been the topic of trade talk for much of the last month, reports show that Cincinnati may be leaning towards an extension. Still, let’s take a look at the options that face the Reds’ front office. CONTINUE READING, by ArmChairAllAmericans.com, Collin Ginnan
I’ve never been much of a Matheny fan, as a manager, and I’ve been vocal about it. He was a great leader of men, but he was a lousy leader of ballplayers; he was the right guy when Oscar Taveras passed away, but the wrong guy making pitching changes.
That said, I was shocked to see the move made; not because a change was needed, but because I expected it in the off-season. Adding John Mabry and Bill Mueller in the firing was expected though; the hitting has been so one diminsional and streaky for years, something needed to be changed there.
Mike Shildt will be the interim manager, with Mark Budaska and George Greer being added as hitting coaches; Budaska was the guy that would work with Grichuk, Piscotty, and Wong when they were demoted and would get them hitting again (at least until they came back up and Mabry got a hold of them again). CONTINUE READING, by Eugene Tierney/nyrdcast.com
It’s been about a month and a half since this year’s amateur draft and just a little over a month since the first of the players picked by the A’s began playing with either the Class-A Vermont Lake Monsters or the rookie-ball Arizona League A’s.
The A’s managed to sign all of their 11 picks from the first 10 rounds of this year’s draft. The highest-drafted player Oakland’s front office wasn’t able to sign was right-hander Dakota Mills out of Sam Houston State, whom the team took in the 24th round. But the A’s were fortunate that they were able to ink all of the players they picked before him.
Of course, the team’s top pick, outfielder Kyler Murray, is set to play football for Oklahoma this fall and isn’t expected to join the system until next spring. But now that most of this year’s draft class has about a month of play under their belts, it seems like a good time to take a look at how the A’s newest prospects have been performing down on the farm. CONTINUE READING, by Bill Moriarity / A’s Farm Editor
With the New York Mets sending Dominic Smith down in a series of transactions designed to make room on the Major League roster for both Yoenis Cespedes and Jason Vargas to return from the disabled list, they will have both Smith and Peter Alonso on the same roster.
This could not have happened at a worse time for either player.
When Smith was called up to the majors, he had not exactly earned his way onto the roster hitting just .260/.343/.370 in 56 games. Unfortunately, things did not improve for him when he was called up to the majors. He would play sparingly, and when he did play he didn’t hit. Overall, he has a -1.1 WAR while hitting .183/.216/.324.
With Smith struggling and Alonso dominating in Double-A, it seemed as if Alonso had easily surpassed Smith as the Mets first baseman of the future. With every homer, it seemed like that future was going to happen at some point this season. CONTINUE READING, by John Sheridan
As the All-Star break winds to a close, here’s some trade ideas for the Braves as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches, with every writer proposing exactly two trades…CONTINUE READING by Dylan Short, http://outfieldflyrule.com