Record power: Nats hit 5 HRs in 3rd, 4 in a row

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

The Nationals erupted for their own team-wide home run derby during Thursday afternoon’s 15-2 win against the Brewers at Nationals Park, including four consecutive homers and five overall in the third inning. By the fourth, the Nationals had tied a franchise record with eight home runs in a game.

Looking For A Match In A Yu Darvish Trade

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

With next Monday’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline looming, there’s a chance right-hander Yu Darvish’s start on Wednesday will go down as his last in a Rangers uniform. If that 3 2/3-inning, 10-earned run disaster against Miami does represent the impending free agent’s swan song in Texas, it’ll be a shame for both parties. Darvish has generally been masterful since signing a six-year, $56MM contract in 2012 to emigrate from Japan. The 30-year-old has pitched to a 3.42 ERA and totaled upward of 18 wins above replacement across nearly 800 innings, making his deal well worth the investment for Texas, even when including the $51.7MM posting fee. Darvish’s pact is now on the verge of expiring, while the Rangers are the owners of a 49-52 record after their 22-10 drubbing at the Marlins’ hands. That uninspiring mark has helped make the Rangers irrelevant in the American League West, which the 67-34 Astros ran away with long ago, but they’re still a more manageable 4.5 games out in a parity-laden wild-card race

Darvish remains in demand on trade market

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

Yu Darvish had the worst outing of his Major League career on Wednesday, allowing 10 earned runs over 3-2/3 innings in a lopsided loss to the Marlins. Still, he remains in high demand ahead of the non-waiver Trade Deadline — in part because of developments elsewhere in the Majors on the same day.

Talking a blue streak: Royals’ run reaches 8

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

Eric Hosmer ripped five hits, including his first career grand slam, and the Royals pounded out a season-high 22 hits en route to a 16-2 blowout of the Tigers on Wednesday night at Comerica Park, thus sweeping the three-game series.

Marlins score 22 at Texas; Beltre ejected for antics

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

The Marlins unloaded on Rangers starter Yu Darvish early, and Miami cruised to a record-setting 22-10 victory on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park for its fourth win in its last six games.

Red Sox Sale away with trip-ending shutout

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

Chris Sale proved to be the perfect solution to a four-game Red Sox losing streak Wednesday, as the lefty ace fired seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 victory over the Mariners to claim the three-game series finale. The Red Sox completed a 2-4 road trip to Anaheim and Seattle, during which Sale won the first and last games, with Wednesday’s victory preserving Boston’s one-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East at 56-47.

HRs back Cobb’s strong start in win vs. O’s

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

Homers and a healthy dose of Alex Cobb led the Rays to a 5-1 win over the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

NL Deadline Chatter: Nats, Hand, Cards, Cozart, Cubs, Mets

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

The Nationals are “scouring [the] market” for a starter, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). We have heard varying suggestions on this front, as the Nats deal with the loss of Joe Ross and newfound uncertainty regarding Stephen Strasburg. While the latest signs on Stras are positive, Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post argues that the club ought to going after a front-line starter regardless. Beyond the possibility of augmenting the club’s staff for an anticipated postseason appearance this year, the possibility of adding an arm for 2018 and perhaps beyond would seem to hold appeal, perhaps adding to the justification for making a move. Here’s more deadline chatter from the National League: Padres chairman Ron Fowler suggested today in a radio appearance on The Mighty 1090 that he doesn’t really expect the team to end up dealing lefty Brad Hand (h/t Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune). “Other things being equal right now, I don’t see us moving him, because we value him more than what’s being offered and we think he could be part of the team for the foreseeable future,” Fowler stated. That said, he acknowledged the team remains open to working out a deal, calling it “a very fluid situation.” Though it’s still unclear just what course the Cardinals will take at the deadline, the club is now “expected to listen to offers” on outfielders Tommy Pham and Randal Grichuk, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi. While the Cards do now have quite a few options in the corner outfield, both of these players seem to fall in a curious spot in the potential market

Cards recall Mayers as Wainwright hits DL

Cards recall Mayers as Wainwright hits DL

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

The Cardinals recalled right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday to take the spot of righty Adam Wainwright, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday.

5 longshot Trade Deadline deals

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

Everyone is looking for bargains as Monday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. Nothing wrong with that approach. For the sake of argument, let’s consider a totally different approach. Rather than hunt for bargains, let’s hunt for big-name players.