Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

May 26, 2017 | No Comments

MLB.TV’s Memorial Day Weekend sale offers 50 percent off the yearly/single-team subscription price between now and Monday night.

Swing and mist: Red Sox K 20 in rain, KO Texas

May 26, 2017 | No Comments

The Rangers arrived in Boston as the hottest team in the Major Leagues. They left after being swept by the Red Sox, culminating with a 6-2 defeat that included 20 strikeouts in Thursday’s soggy finale of a three-game series. Five Red Sox pitchers combined for the 20 K’s, tying a Major League record for a 9-inning game.

Trout’s stunner highlights Statcast’s extreme HRs

May 26, 2017 | No Comments

Everybody knows the incredible data being captured by Statcast is slowly but surely changing the way we watch baseball — and even changing baseball itself. Here at MLB Advanced Media, people pore over the data day and night trying to find new insights. I have said before that it’s a bit like the control room at NASA for space flight.

Reds Claim Jake Buchanan, Designate Peter O’Brien

May 25, 2017 | No Comments

The Reds announced that they’ve claimed right-hander Jake Buchanan off waivers from the Cubs and designated minor league outfielder Peter O’Brien for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Buchanan, it seems, will be added to the Major League roster, as Cincinnati also announced that left-hander Amir Garrett has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to inflammation in his right hip. The 27-year-old Buchanan has seen time in the Majors each year from 2014-16, tossing a combined 50 1/3 innings of 3.75 ERA ball for the Astros and the Cubs. In that time, he’s averaged just 5.2 K/9 against 3.0 BB/9 with a tepid 88.7 mph average on his sinker, though he’s also generated grounders at an excellent 58.5 percent clip. The Astros shifted Buchanan away from the rotation in 2015, but the Cubs have plugged him back into a starting role in the past two seasons. This year, he’s made eight starts (41 2/3 innings) for Triple-A Iowa and posted a 4.75 ERA with 6.3 K/9, 4.1 BB/9 and a 48.9 percent ground-ball rate. O’Brien, meanwhile has now been designated for assignment by his third organization of the past six months. The new-look Diamondbacks front office cut him loose back in December and traded him to the Royals in exchange for minor league righty Sam Lewis. However, O’Brien’s strong Spring Training was followed by a woeful .162/.235/.276 batting line in his first 27 games with Kansas City’s Triple-A affiliate, prompting a second DFA and a waiver claim from the Reds. Through five games with Cincinnati’s Triple-A affiliate, O’Brien hit .200/.333/.450.

AL Central Notes: No. 1 Pick, White Sox, Karns, Gose

May 25, 2017 | No Comments

The Twins are leaning toward passing on high school right-hander/shortstop Hunter Greene with the top overall pick in the upcoming MLB draft, writes Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Greene has drawn quite a bit of fanfare over the past calendar year, due largely to his ability to reach triple digits with his fastball. However, he’d be the first high school right-hander ever selected with the draft’s top pick, and there’s a clear level of risk when selecting any prep arm near the top of the draft. Rather, the Twins are leaning toward Vanderbilt right-hander Kyle Wright, Heyman hears, with Louisville left-hander/first baseman Brendan McKay and prep shortstop Royce Lewis also under consideration. Baseball America’s John Manuel had the Twins selecting Wright in last week’s mock draft, while MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo had Greene tabbed as the Twins’ selection in his own mock draft from that same day. A few more notes from the division… Despite a perhaps surprisingly solid start to the year from the White Sox, general manager Rick Hahn is maintaining a long-term outlook as the summer trade season approaches, writes MLB.com’s Barry M

Colon highlights daytime slate on MLB.TV

May 25, 2017 | No Comments

If afternoon baseball is your thing, Thursday’s slate of action is a feast for your matinee sensibility. With the Mariners-Nationals game moved up from 4 p.m. ET to 12:05 p.m. ET, there are six games that begin at or before 2:20 p.m. ET

Reds race to win vs. Tribe with 2-out rally in 9th

May 25, 2017 | No Comments

Indians closer Cody Allen had been perfect in save situations dating back to August of last season. That changed on Wednesday night, when a clutch hit from Zack Cozart and a furious sprint from Billy Hamilton fueled a two-run ninth that gave the Reds a 4-3 comeback win over Cleveland at Progressive Field.

Free Agent Stock Watch: Lorenzo Cain

Free Agent Stock Watch: Lorenzo Cain

May 24, 2017 | No Comments

It’s tempting to look in on pending free agents when they are clearly trending up or down. Sometimes, though, the news is mixed, and that’s the case for Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain. Cain, 31, emerged as a force in 2014 and fully broke out in the following season. Helping to drive the Royals to a World Series title, Cain slashed .307/.361/.477 with 16 home runs and 28 steals. With top-end grades on his glovework and overall baserunning, he ended the ’15 campaign with 6.4 fWAR and 7.2 rWAR on the ledger. Then came an injury-plagued 2016 campaign. Cain and K.C. came crashing back to earth. His power dipped back below league average (.121 isolated slugging) while his ailing hamstring perhaps contributed to slight dips in the field and on the bases. With one more year of arb control to go, that set the stage for a critical 2017 season.

Statcast of the Day: Schwarber’s 470-foot HR

May 24, 2017 | No Comments

Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber launched a home run onto Sheffield Avenue behind the right-field bleachers at Wrigley Field with one out in the first inning Tuesday off the Giants’ Johnny Cueto to spark a 4-1 victory. The home run was the longest of Schwarber’s career at 470 feet and the longest by a Cubs player this season.

Minor MLB Transactions: 5/23/17

May 23, 2017 | No Comments

Here are the latest minor moves from around the game: Right-hander Al Alburquerque has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Omaha, the Royals announced on Tuesday. Kansas City designated the veteran 30-year-old for assignment over the weekend after just four innings with the big league bullpen. Alburquerque has totaled just six innings in the Majors over the past two seasons after serving as a regular in the Detroit ’pen from 2013-15. The hard-throwing Alburquerque has no trouble missing bats but has long been prone to control issue as well. Alburquerque has the option to reject the assignment in favor of free agency. Per an Orioles announcement, catcher Francisco Pena has been outrighted to Triple-A after clearing waivers. The out-of-options 27-year-old has seen limited action in the majors in recent years, but has slashed .249/.295/.452 in his 1,221 career plate appearances at Triple-A. While he’s a highly regarded defender, Pena may need to boost his on-base abilities before he’ll earn a full shot at the majors. The Phillies have released southpaw Mario Hollands, per Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com (via Twitter). Once a promising young reliever, Hollands seemingly never fully recovered from Tommy John surgery.