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May 25 MLB Blog: The Fall of Andrew McCutchen

Notebook

  • After a two-run moonshot in the first inning of last night’s loss to the Rays, Angels slugger Albert Pujols sits just 3 home runs shy of the 600 mark.  Pujols is seeking to become the 9th player in MLB history to reach the milestone.
  • The Orioles sweep at the hands of the Twins marked the first time they had lost a series at home this season.In his latest attempt to resolve his team’s murky 9th-inning situation, Nationals manager Dusty Baker has named Koda Glover the team’s closer.  Glover, activated from the DL just over a week ago, has been arguably the most consistent piece in Washington’s shoddy bullpen this season, posting a 2.57 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP to go along with 3 saves.  The 24-year-old is the third pitcher to be named the Nationals’ closer this season.
  • Chris Sale’s historic streak of 10+-strikeout performances was halted at 8 last night.  The Red Sox ace recorded just 6 punchouts in yesterday’s 9-4 beatdown of the Texas Rangers, a season low.  He was looking to become the first pitcher in MLB history to have 9 consecutive 10-K outings.
  • With each start, Cardinals righty Mike Leake’s perch on top of the NL ERA standings feels less like a mere fluke.  Last night, Leake dazzled once again, tossing 8 innings of 4-hit, 1 run ball.  Leake, who has allowed just 4 home runs this season, is one of only two pitchers this year to have earned a quality start each time he has taken the mound.  
  • Yankees’ CF Jacoby Ellsbury was placed on the 7-day concussion DL after a violent collision with the outfield wall in yesterday’s win.  (He was also diagnosed with a neck sprain.)  Rob Refsnyder was called up to fill the open roster spot.
  • Is there a more consistently frustrating team in baseball?  The reeling Seattle Mariners have scored exactly one run in each of their past five games.  Does it not feel like every year we look at the Mariners and go “oh, watch out for them…” and they fall short?
  • Red Sox ace David Price (elbow) will reportedly make his 2017 debut Monday against the White Sox.  
  • Buster Posey has 7 home runs on the year…… and 11 RBI.  
  • A team has scored 7 runs in a single inning 3 times in the past two days.
  • Don’t look now, but Athleticsace Sonny Gray is looking more and more like the Sonny Gray of old with each start.  Yesterday against the Marlins, he struck out 11 over 7 innings.  Gray has allowed less than 5 hits in 3 straight starts, and has struck out a combined 19 in his past two outings.  If he keeps this up, the A’s will have the league’s biggest Deadline trade chip.  
  • For the second day in a row, Andrew McCutchen did not appear in the Pirates’ lineup.  McCutchen is 2 for his last 22 and hitting just a handful of ticks above the Mendoza Line at .203.  It’s apparent his future with the Pirates is very much in doubt, but what exactly is in store for the struggling outfielder is unclear.
  • With only about two weeks until the 2017 MLB Draft, it’s as up in the air as ever concerning who the Twins will take with the no. 1 pick.  Reports from earlier this month claimed that Minnesota was looking at up to 7 players as potential selections, but most experts agree that it will be either OF Brendan McKay, Vanderbilt RHP Kyle Wright, or SI cover-dwelling phenom Hunter Greene.  Personally, Wright is my favorite prospect of the three.  The righty possesses a mid-90s fastball and as much upside as anyone in the draft.  If I’m projecting the Twins’ selection, though, I’ll say McKay.

Yesterday’s Results

  • Twins 4, Orioles 3 (W: Berrios 3-0 L: Tillman 1-1 S: Kintzler 12 X: SP Berrios (W, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 7 K)
  • Blue Jays 8, Brewers 4 (W: Stroman 5-2 L: Garza 2-1 X: SS Goins (2-4, HR, R, 4 RBI)
  • Athletics 4, Marlins 1 (W: Gray 2-1 L: Volquez 2-7 S: Casilla 7 X: SP Gray (7 IP, 3 H, ER, 11 K)
  • Diamondbacks 8, White Sox 6 (W: Chafin 1-0 L: Quintana 2-6 S: Rodney 12 X: 3B Lamb (1-4, HR, 2 RBI)
  • Reds 4, Indians 3 (W: Lorenzen 3-0 L: Allen 0-2 S: Iglesias 8 X: CF Hamilton (Scored GW run on single from 1st)
  • Yankees 3, Royals 0 (W: Severino 3-2 L: Hammel 1-6 S: Betances 4 X: SP Severino (8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 7 K)
  • Nationals 5, Mariners 1 (W: Roark 4-2 L: Naviglio 0-1 X: 3B Rendon (1-4, HR, 3 RBI)
  • Rockies 7, Phillies 2 (W: Chatwood 4-6 L: Hellickson 5-2 X: RF Gonzalez (3-5, HR, 3 RBI)
  • Red Sox 9, Rangers 4 (W: Sale 5-2 L: Dyson 1-5 X: 1B Travis (2-4, R)
  • Rays 5, Angels 2 (W: Ramirez 3-0 L: Nolasco 2-4 S: Colome 12 X: RF Souza Jr (2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI)
  • Cubs 4, Giants 3 (W: Hendricks 4-2 L: Moore 2-5 S: Davis 10 X: 1B Rizzo (3-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI)
  • Tigers 6, Astros 3 (W: Greene 1-0 L: Devenski 3-3 X: SS Iglesias (3-4, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R)
  • Cardinals 6, Dodgers 1 (W: Leake 5-2 L: Hill 1-2 X: SP Leake (8 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 K)

Today’s Games

  • Mariners (Miranda 3-2) @ Nationals (Gonzalez 3-1) LIVE at time of writing
  • Pirates (Nova 4-3) @ Braves (Colon 2-4) LIVE at time of writing
  • Royals (Almonte) @ Yankees (Tanaka 5-3) PPD
  • Rockies (Anderson 3-4) @ Phillies (Velasquez 2-4) LIVE at time of writing
  • Angels (Meyer 2-2) @ Rays (Andriese 4-1) LIVE at time of writing
  • Giants (Samardzija 1-5) @ Cubs (Butler 1-0) LIVE at time of writing
  • Reds (Adleman 2-2) @ Indians (Clevinger 2-1) 6:10 PM
  • Rangers (Martinez 1-2) @ Red Sox (Pomeranz 3-3) 7:10 PM
  • Padres (Lamet) @ Mets (deGrom 3-1) 7:10 PM
  • Diamondbacks (Ray 3-3) @ Brewers (Davies 5-2) 8:10 PM
  • Tigers (Verlander 4-3) @ Astros (Fiers 1-2) 8:10 PM
  • Cardinals (Wacha 2-1) @ Dodgers (Maeda 3-2) 10:10 PM

Chop Nation

Reliever Josh Collmenter, DFA’d today, has allowed 7 home runs this season.

Game recap: Pirates’ bats explode for 7 runs in the 12th

 

After a furious rally in the 9th inning, the Pirates exploded in the the 10th to rout the Braves by a score of 12-5.

 

Jose Ramirez, the acting closer with Jim Johnson unavailable, came a strike away multiple times in the 9th.  After losing an intense battle with David Freese to walk the bases loaded, Jose Osuna hit a 2-run single to tie the game at 5.

 

After an anticlimactic bottom of the 9th for the Braves’ attack, the wheels came off.  Josh Collmenter came in the game and promptly gave up 7 runs, including back-to-back-to-back homers by Freese, Osuna and Jordy Mercer.

 

There were positives, however; Julio Teheran took a step towards erasing his SunTrust Park woes, going 6 innings and allowing 3 runs (0 earned) and Danny Santana picked up his first hit as a Brave after an ugly 0-for-18 start with his RBI double in the 8th.

 

Felipe Rivero earned the win for the Pirates, who kept the possibility of a series split alive.

 

Notes

 

  • Ender Inciarte added 2 hits in the loss, raising his total in this series to 10.
  • The Braves designated Collmenter for assignment after his disastrous outing and called up Matt Wisler for the second time this season.
  • Braves pitchers simply cannot find a way to get Pirates’ SS Jordy Mercer out.   Mercer is 11-for-24 with 2 HRs in 6 games against Atlanta this season.  By comparison, Mercer has no more than 3 hits against all other opponents in 2017.

Wednesday’s Minor League Scores

 

AAA: Gwinnett 4, Buffalo 3
AA: Mississippi 2, Pensacola 1
A: Rome 8, Asheville 6 
A-adv: Clearwater @ Florida, PPD

 

Daily Digest

 

Stat of the Day

 

Home Runs to Lead Off Inning 2017
1. Michael Conforto (NYM) 7
1. Corey Dickerson (TBR) 7
3. George Springer (HOU) 6
4. Yonder Alonso (OAK) 5
4. Justin Bour (MIA) 5
4. Chris Davis (BAL) 5

 

Clip of the Day

 

Jose Berrios is not human.  I’m not even a Twins fan and I’m salivating at the mouth at the potential that this guy is showing.  Check out this disgusting curve to strike out Manny Machado in yesterday’s win.

 

Fact of the Day

 

Bartolo Colon was a major league pitcher before the Rays and the Diamondbacks existed (per @baseballfact).

Noah Holley

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