Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar became a household name on both sides of the border because of his uncanny ability to make highlight-reel catches, but he wants people to know there’s some value in his offense as well.
Unable to show enough strength with his left thumb to grip a bat — or much of anything, for that matter — Yadier Molina was scratched from the Cardinals’ National League Division Series Game 4 lineup on Tuesday. With the Cards down 2-1 in the series and facing elimination against the Cubs, Tony Cruz drew his second career postseason start.
Mets fans flooded Citi Field for the first postseason game in its history, and the franchise’s first since 2006 — Monday’s 13-7 Mets win over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Division Series.They came with purpose, many with signs saying “Win For Ruben,” alluding to injured Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada.
Yoenis Cespedes highlighted the first three-hit postseason game of his career with a three-run home run in the fourth inning that helped the Mets gain a 10-3 lead in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Monday night at Citi Field.
Time for another edition of the MLBTR Mailbag. As always, apologies if we couldn’t get to your questions and thanks for sending them in! Here are this week’s questions, with a reminder that you can submit questions for the mailbag at any time throughout the week via email (email@example.com) … With Cleveland unloading contracts of Swisher and Bourn, will they have the resources to go after the high-profile middle of the order bat that they desperately need? — Eric C. They’ll have some increased flexibility, but they paid $15MM in that trade and also took on Chris Johnson‘s salary, so they’re not likely to add a significant amount of money. We took a look at their upcoming offseason last week and suggested that trades were the likelier route. Names like Marcell Ozuna and, more improbably, Todd Frazier, make plenty of sense in theory.
The Phillies have the No. 1 pick in the 2016 Draft, so the scouting staff will be crisscrossing the country to scout the top amateur players countless times up until June.
The Mets have designated right-hander Tim Stauffer for assignment in order to clear space on the 40-man roster for infielder Matt Reynolds, the team told reporters, including the Record’s Matt Ehalt (Twitter link). The Mets needed to add Reynolds to bolster their shortstop depth after Ruben Tejada suffered a broken leg on a takeout slide from Chase Utley. Stauffer began the season with the Twins after signing a $2.2MM free-agent contract but struggled greatly before being released in May. The longtime Padres hurler went the indy ball route following his dismissal from Minnesota, and his sharp work with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League led to a look with the Mets. Stauffer was excellent at Triple-A with the Mets, but his Major League struggles were even more exaggerated upon being recalled (admittedly, in a smaller sample)
The appeal of Dodgers infielder Chase Utley’s two-game suspension is unlikely to be heard before Monday night’s Game 3 of the National League Division Series, according to a source.
In many ways, Matt Harvey’s start Monday in Game 3 of National League Division Series feels like a culmination. This is what Mets manager Terry Collins promised he was saving Harvey for, when he pulled the righty after seven innings on May 13, after 6 2/3 on June 21 and after five September 20