By: Noah Wright
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Every off-season, there are always a handful of all-star caliber players that hit free agency. As you could expect, most of these players land big, long term contracts. As we are nearing mid-June, lets see how some of these big free-agent signings have paid off so far.
(NOTE: I will not include Ohtani, as he was an international free agent)
1.) Red Sox sign J.D. Martinez to a 5 year, $110 million deal
So far, JDM has more than proved his worth. The slugger has split time between DH’ing, and playing the corner outfield positions, granted, not that well (-5 DRS, -1 defensive WAR, -3.5 UZR). But they signed him to hit, and he’s done just that. In his 254 PA’s, JDM has slugged 20 home runs and 52, both leads The AL. He has a tremendous batting line, with a .314/.374/.646 line. He also has 170 wRC+, which is a career high.
2.) Phillies sign Jake Arrieta to a 3 year, $75 million dollar deal
After he seemed to be hitting a decline in his career, with his velocity down, and his ERA, HR/9, and FIP up, Arrieta seemed that he would continue to decline. However, he has done the complete opposite. In his 64 and a third innings of work for The Phils, Arrieta has produced a quality 2.66 ERA, 3.24 FIP, and 1.166 WHIP. He also has a low 2.7 BB/9 rate, and is currently tying a career low, .4 HR/9 rate. While his strikeout numbers are down, with a career low 6.2 K/9, and 17.2 K%, his velocity is back up, according to fangraphs velocity charts.
3.) Rockies sign Wade Davis to a 3 year, $52 million deal
After passing up on their closer for the 2017 season, Greg Holland, The Rockies decided to sign another former Royal late inning arm. The now Rockie closer, Wade Davis, is living up to his contract. He’s followed up one all-star level season with another this year, with a 3.42 ERA, 3.83 FIP, and a 1.101 WHIP in 26.1 innings. He also has kept his healthy strikeout rate, with a 10.6 K/9, and a decent .241 opponent BABIP. However, he does have a slightly high 4.1 BB/9 rate, and 1 HR/9 rate, but the HR/9 rate should be no surprise, as he could be affected by The Coors Factor.
4.) Royals resign Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $6.5 million deal
The Royals third baseman entered the off-season, expecting a payday, and why wouldn’t he? He was coming off a career year, but because of the free agent freeze of this off-season, he had to settle for a one year, $6.5 million deal. Moustakas has been on a tear this year. He’s replicating a lot of aspects of his 2017 year, with his .271/.327/.502 line in 272 PA’s. He’s also hit 13 HRs, and has driven in 42 runs. His wRC+ of 120 is nearly a career high, and will likely end the season with a different team, as The Royals are rebuilding. While his defense was down last year, the third baseman's defense has bounced back this year, with 1 DRS, .2 dWAR, and 1.1 UZR.
5.) Brewers sign Lorenzo Cain to a 5 year, $80 million dollar deal
The Brewers really bolstered up their outfield this season. After trading for Christian Yelich, The Brew Crew signed Lorenzo Cain to a 5 year deal. So far, he’s been just what The Brewers wanted. In 257 PA’s, Cain has hit a god .284/.389/.436, with his OBP being a career high. He’s also hit 7 home runs, and has stolen 11 bases. Cain’s slugging % and ISO are also good for 2nd highest in his career, and his wRC+ is just 1 below of his career high of 128. His defense has also been strong (as usual), with 11 DRS, 2 dWAR, and a 4.7 UZR in centerfield.
6.) Padres sign Eric Hosmer to an 8 year, $144 deal
After not signing until late into the off-season, The Padres landed first baseman, Eric Hosmer to a long term deal. Since going to The Friars, Hosmer has done pretty good. In 263 PA’s, Hosmer hit .289/.373/.470 to go along with 7 homers, and 28 RBI’s. However, he currently has a career high, .181 ISO, .355 BABIP, and is near a career high in wRC+, with 132. While his defense can be a bit spotty sometimes, Hosmer has done decent at first so far this year, with 4 DRS, exactly 0 dWAR, and -1.2 UZR.
7.) Angels sign Zack Cozart to a 3 year, $38 million deal
After an All-Star year with The Reds, Zack Cozart signed with The LA Angels, but was moved to play some third base and second base since The Angels already had Andrelton Simmons at short. After starting the year on The DL, the now third baseman has not started out the season the way The Angels wanted him to. In 235 PA’s, Cozart is batting .230/.302/.383 with just 5 home runs, and 18 RBI’s. His BABIP of .257 is a career low. Though he was always known for being a very good defensive shortstop, the said can’t be said when he plays third, for he has -4 DRS, -.2 dWAR, and -1.8 UZR at the hot corner.
8.) Cubs sign Yu Darvish to a 6 year, $126 million deal
Darvish has not pitched the same as he has before since his World Series struggles in 2017. The Cubs signed Darvish, with the expectation he would easily fill the gap Arrieta left behind. So far this season, Darvish has not done so. In 40 innings of work, the righty has produced an uncharacteristic 4.95 ERA, 1.425 WHIP, and 4.81 FIP. His usual control seems to be lost as he currently has, what would be a career high, 4.7 walks/9. While his strikeout numbers may be at their norms (11 K/9), he has given up 1.6 HR/9, a career high. Darvish has also suffered injuries, with 2 DL placements this season. However, while he does have a .293 opponent BABIP, opponents only have a .232 average against. While he still has time to turn things around, Darvish has been the worst big name off-season signing so far.
By: Ethan Cushman
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The Angels suffered a major loss after the announcement of Shohei Ohtani being placed on the 10-day DL. Just in case you don't know Ohtani is attempting to be a pitcher but on most days he doesn't pitch be a DH something that hasn’t really been attempted since Babe Ruth. Ohtani has so far lived up to the hype, pitching to a 3.18 ERA, 3.23 FIP, 1.135 WHIP, and striking out batters at a high 11.2 K/9 rate in 49.1 innings of work, while batting .289/.372/.535 with 6 home runs, and 20 RBI's in 129 PA's. Ohtani has been a huge story for mlb baseball and fans of baseball including myself sure will miss seeing him play but maybe not facing him as the numbers shown above. The injury itself is a grade 2 sprain of the UCL. During the signing process it became known after he signed with a grade 1 UCL sprain. But grade one is play through able but needs to be taken caution about. The Angels are hoping he can avoid the big TJ surgery. We The Angels have been using a 6 man rotation to give Ohtani more rest and days to hit. My guess is they'll slide back into a 5 man rotation and use a guy like Jefery Marte or Luis Valbuena at DH or have Pujols see more DH time.
By: Dawson Wright
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Since the MLB draft just happened, I figured there wouldn’t be a better time to write this article. The draft has been upsetting me for a long time.
And the truth is, I have no idea why. But I feel that there’s a few things that could make the draft a lot better.
I just wanted to start off by saying, that the MLB draft will probably never be at the level the NBA and the NHL draft are at, and there are a few reasons for this.
1st, the obsession with college basketball and football. Anytime March comes around, the general sports fan is usually very aware of march madness, and most people create a bracket and follow the tournament very closely. And college football is very popular all season long. All while college baseball is just kinda there. More people talk about preseason football rankings in April than college baseball.
2nd, the impact players have on their teams the following year. This may not go for the NFL as much, but it definitely goes with the NBA. When players are rookies in the NBA, they usually start sometimes if not most of the time the following year. Look at guys like Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum, they have become stars for their team in only their rookie season. But sadly, the same can’t be said for the MLB. Players can spend anywhere from 3-6 years before they see any playing time in the bigs. And by then, who even remembers when they were drafted.
But even with those factors, Major League Baseball could at least do a few things to make the draft at least feel a little more important.
Last year the Twins had the first overall pick and they selected Royce Lewis, the thing is, where was he? Having the first pick not show up to the draft, kind of sucks.
Now hold on, I understand Baker Mayfield, who was the first pick in the NFL draft wasn’t there either. And if some players want to be with their whole family when they get drafted, they have every right to do that. But MLB, can we like fly out players who want to be there, because it seems like there aren’t that many players there when they get called in the first round.
And one more thing, why is the MLB draft in Studio 42? For those of you who don’t know, studio 42 is one of the studios that is commonly used for MLB tonight. But these big venues that the NBA and NFL draft are in usually get filled, and MLB has, Studio 42.
It may just be myself, but I feel like other people would by tickets to the MLB draft right? Well there's only one way to tell. MLB, make it happen.
By: Zane Miller
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The Reds salvaged the last game of their series against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday afternoon 7-5 in a 13 inning game, after the Rockies took the games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Rockies were the ones who scored first, as third baseman Nolan Arenado hit into a double play but still drove a run across in the first inning. In the second, however, Reds catcher Curt Casali hit an RBI double in the second to tie up the game. The Rockies got on a roll as right fielder Carlos Gonzalez hit an RBI single in the third and starting pitcher Tyler Anderson hit an RBI sacrifice bunt in the fourth to make it a 3-1 game, however the Reds came back in the fifth as right fielder Scott Schebler cut the lead in half with an RBI double, but the Rockies responded in the sixth with an RBI triple from first baseman Ryan McMahon and an RBI sacrifice fly by second baseman DJ LeMahieu. In the eighth, the Reds made it a one run game with first baseman Joey Votto getting an RBI groundout and third baseman Eugenio Suarez driving in a run on a fielder’s choice, followed by the game tying run coming across as Casali scored on a wild pitch, eventually sending the game into extra innings.
In extras, neither team scored until the Reds came up to bat in the 13th and pinch hitter Jesse Winker delivered a game-winning two run home run to give the Reds the 7-5 victory.
Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle went five innings, allowing two earned runs, six hits and two walks in the no decision. Meanwhile, Anderson went seven innings, allowing two earned runs, five hits and one walk, also in a no decision. Reds reliever Dylan Floro earned the win by pitching the final three innings of the game, while Rockies reliever Wade Davis was hit with the blown save and fellow reliever Chris Rusin took the loss.
The Reds will next play on Friday night at home against the St. Louis Cardinals.
By: Noah Wright
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This year, The Pirates weakest link has been the bullpen. So far, the pen has blown enough holds/saves/leads, and turned close games into losing by 3+ runs, that they would be closer or in a WC, or even near a division spot, if it wasn’t for the bullpen. This bullpen struggle has been apparent the last few weeks. The Pirates could fix this problem though, for they still have some time, and enough of a farm system to strengthen a weak pen. Let's look at a few arms The Pirates could go after in the coming weeks up to the deadline.
1.) Kelvin Herrera
I had mentioned The Pirates as a possible target for The Pirates in an article on where Herrera will land. Also like I had said, The Royal’s closer has been downright dominant. In his 22.2 innings of work, Herrera has a .79 ERA, 2.01 FIP, and .706 WHIP. He has also not allowed a walk yet, and has only given up 1 homerun, and opponents only have a .242 BABIP against him. Herrera has also had a decent K% at 23.2%, his K/9 is down at a career low 7.5 K/9 rate. However, Herrera is a cheap option. He’s on the last year of his contract, and is only getting paid $7.937 million total this season.
2.) Shane Greene
The Tigers closer has been solid this year. On the season, Greene has a 3.49 ERA, 1.271 WHIP, a career high 10.8 K/9, 27.9 K%, and career lows in BB/9 (2.86) and BB% (7.4%) However, Greene does hold a 4.02 FIP, and it doesn’t help that The Pirates have less of a defensive WAR than The Tigers.
3.) Jared Hughes and/or David Hernandez
I put both of these pitchers here because both are on The Reds, and both are performing well. Hughes, who is a former Pirate, has done well for himself this year. In 32.1 innings, the righty has produced a 1.11 ERA, 2.96 FIP, and has only given up 2 homerun. He’s also currently has a career low, 2.2 BB/9 rate. As for Hernandez, he started the year on the DL, but has done well since coming off of it. In his 19.1 innings of work, Hernandez holds a 2.33 ERA, and a similar 2.65 FIP. He also carries a solid 8.4 K/9 rate, and hasn’t yet given up a homerun. Both are currently on cheap contracts (Hughes is getting paid $2.125 million and Hernandez is owed $2.5 million), and both could help the team.
4.) Brad Brach
The Orioles righty is on the last year of his contract, and owed $5.165 million. He’s done solid in his contract year. So far this season, Brach has a 3.13 ERA, and 3.07 FIP, with a healthy 9.8 K/9 and 23.6 K% in 23 innings. Though Branch has struggled with walks this year. He currently holds a 4.7 BB/9 and 11.3 walk%. His walk ratio is the highest it’s been since 2013. But he has limited batters to a .258 opponent average and .4 HR/9.
BY: Zane miller
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The Reds fell to the Colorado Rockies in the second game of their series 6-3 on Wednesday night.
The Rockies got on the board first as catcher Tony Wolters hit an RBI double in the second inning, which the Reds responded to in the bottom of the inning as shortstop Jose Peraza, followed by second baseman Scooter Gennett hitting an RBI sacrifice fly in the third inning. However, Rockies left fielder Gerardo Parra smacked an RBI single and first baseman Ian Desmond hit a two run home run in the fourth to give them a 4-2 lead. While the Reds did get a run back in the fifth on an RBI double by Gennett, Wolters scored an RBI single in the sixth and Parra got an RBI single in the eighth to give the Rockies the 6-3 win.
Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray allowed three earned runs on seven hits and three walks over the course of five innings in the win. Reds starter Sal Romano allowed five earned runs, giving up six hits and one walk also over five innings in the loss. Rockies reliever Wade Davis earned his second consecutive save.
The teams will finish out their series on Thursday afternoon.
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By: Noah Wright
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The Diamondbacks have acquired outfielder Jon Jay from The Royals for minor league pitchers Gabe Speier (LHP) and Elvis Luciano (RHP). The move for The Diamondbacks helps add a solid outfielder to an outfield that his been injured, with A.J. Pollock and Steve Souza Jr. are still on the DL, and Chris Owings and Jarrod Dyson struggling with the bat (.193/.251/.295 batting line with 3 homers and 13 RBI’s for Owings. .204/.301/.299 batting line with 2 homers, 8 RBI’s, and 9 Sbs for Dyson).
On the season, Jon Jay is batting .307/.363/.374 with The Royals. He also has a .360 BABIP, and currently holds, what would tie a career high, 14.7 strikeout %. Jay also has good experience in all 3 outfield positions. He’s been decent with the glove too, with 2 DRS, .1 defensive WAR, and 5.7 UZR across all 3 positions.
As for the 2 pitchers The Royals got in return, Gabe Speier has been a part of 3 major deals. One being the Cespedes and Porcello swap between The Red Sox and Tigers, the next being sent with Ian Krol to The Braves for Cameron Maybin, and the last being the Shelby Miller/Dansby Swanson and Ender Inciarte swap. The 23 year old lefty has pitched to a 3.03 ERA, with solid 3.0 BB/9, 7.9 K/9, and 1.281 WHIP rates in 29.2 innings at Arizona’s double-A affiliate. The other pitcher The Royals got was young 17 year old right hander Elvis Luciano. In his 66.2 innings of work, the righty has a 2.84 ERA, while keeping walks to a minimum (2.4 BB/9), and keeping the ball in the yard with a .3 HR/9 rate. He’s also got a 7 K/9 rate.
BY: Zane Miller
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The Reds lost in the first game of their series against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night 9-6, as the Reds look to turn around their momentum in the rest of the series after three straight series losses.
The Rockies got on the board early as center fielder Charlie Blackmon hit an RBI triple and right fielder Carlos Gonzalez got an RBI single in the first inning, followed by a two run home run by catcher Chris Iannetta in the second to give the Rockies a 4-0 lead. The Reds chipped away in the fifth as center fielder Scott Schebler got a solo home run, but the Rockies responded in the sixth as left fielder Gerardo Parra hit an RBI single and starting pitcher Kyle Freeland drew a bases loaded walk. The Rockies then added onto their advantage further in the seventh when Gonzalez smacked a three run homer to make it a 9-1 game. While the Reds were able to get on a run late in the game as catcher Tucker Barnhart hit a two RBI single in the bottom of the inning, followed by a ninth inning that saw right fielder Jesse Winker hit an RBI groundout, second baseman Scooter Gennett hit an RBI single and left fielder Adam Duvall also hit an RBI single, it wouldn’t be enough as the Rockies won it 9-6.
Freeland took the win with six and two-thirds innings pitched, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and one walk, while Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani, making his first start of the season after a long stint on the DL, went five innings allowing four earned runs on six hits and one walk while getting hit with the loss. Rockies reliever Wade Davis earned the save.
“That's a good lineup (DeSclafani’s) facing over there,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. “They're going to get you when you're not sharp. And when you haven't been out there in a big league game for a while, you've got a chance to not be sharp his first couple.”
The teams will play once again on Wednesday night.
By: Noah Wright
Over the off-season, The Pittsburgh Pirates made a handful of questionable moves. The two in most question were the trading away of rhp Gerrit Cole, and Andrew McCutchen. Now that we’re a little over 2 months into the MLB season, let's look back at how some of The Bucs’ trades have played out, and see if they won, lost, or broke even on their trades.
1.) Pirates acquire Kyle Crick and minor league outfielder from Giants for Andrew McCutchen and cash
One of the questionable trades The Pirates made at the time, The Pirates got relief pitcher Kyle Crick and an outfield prospect for former MVP Andrew McCutchen and cash. So far, Crick has been decent for The Bucs. The righty currently owns a good 1.83 ERA, 3.11 FIP, and 1.271 WHIP in 19.2 innings. He’s also striking out batters at a high rate, with a 9.2 K/9, has only given up 1 homerun for a .5 HR/9 rate, and has held batters to a .208 average against. His only downside so far this year is his slightly high walk rate (4.1 BB/9). Andrew McCutchen has been somewhat underwhelming since coming to SF. On the season, he owns a .248/.351/.403 batting line (all career lows so far) with just 4 home runs, and 25 RBI’s in 242 PA’s. However, McCutchen does have an ok 113 wRC+, and isn’t doing bad with the glove. Since being moved to right field, Cutch has 2 DRS, exactly 0 defensive WAR, and 1.4 UZR.
Verdict: Pirates win this trade
2.) Pirates acquire Colin Moran, Joe Musgrove, Michael Feliz and a minor league outfielder for Gerrit Cole
At the time, I was ok, but not thrilled with this trade. I thought they could have. gotten a bit more. The Pirates had traded Gerrit Cole who had struggled with the long ball last year for Colin Moran, Joe Musgrove, Michael Feliz, and a minor league outfielder. First, let's examine Gerrit Cole. So far this year, Cole has looked like a Cy Young winner, along with a handful of starter in Houston’s rotation. He currently has a 2.20 ERA, 2.55 FIP, and a very low .833 WHIP in 81.2 innings. He also currently holds a league leading 116 K’s, and 12.8 K/9 rate. Cole also fixed him home run rate to a degree, lowering it from 1.4 HR/9 last year, to just 1 HR/9, is still showing good control, with 2.2 BB/9, and holding opponents to a .171 average. Now let’s look at what The Pirates got in return. The first guy I want to point out is Colin Moran. He’s been solid so far for The Bucs, hitting .281/.257/.433 with 5 homers, and 25 RBI’s in 182 PA’s. The third baseman has been below average with the glove though, with -4 DRS, -.4 defensive WAR, and -2.6 UZR. However, the rookie helps The Pirates in one of their biggest problems last year, clutch hitting, and he’s hitting a healthy .302 with RISP. Joe Musgrove was the one of the 3 major league players The Pirates got in return. Musgrove started the season on The DL, but when he returned to action, he’s more than impressed. In his limited 14 innings, Musgrove has pitched to a .64 ERA, 2.25 FIP, and 1.143 WHIP. He also hasn’t given up a homer yet, has just a 2.6 BB/9 rate, and opponents only have a .231 average against. Michael Feliz has been the weakest link of the 3 players that came over. While Feliz does own a 3.87 FIP, and 11.4 K/9 rate, nothing else is too good. In his 23.2 innings of work, Feliz has a 6.08 ERA, 4.6 walk/9 rate, a 1.52 WHIP, and opponents have a .344 BABIP against him (44 points higher than Joe Musgrove’s opp. BABIP).
Verdict: The Pirates lost this trade right now. While it’s hard to tell how Gerrit Cole would have pitched if he stayed with The Bucs, it’s very likely he would have struggled. However, if Musgrove continues to pitch as he has, I would consider The Pirates lost this trade by a lot less.
3.) Pirates acquire Corey Dickerson from Rays for Daniel Hudson and cash
This was a strange one. After The Rays acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from The Angels, they decided to DFA their only All-Star in 2017, Corey Dickerson. The Pirates took advantage of this, and acquired him from The Rays for relief pitcher Daniel Hudson, who struggled in 2017 with The Bucs. Dickerson has looked like an All-Star so far for The Pirates, with a .313/.347/.490 batting line in 222 PA’s. He’s also got an above average 125 WRC+. To add on, Dickerson has greatly improved his defense. After taking over LF, the lefty has 7 DRS, .5 defensive WAR, and 4.4 UZR. The Rays would go on to release Daniel Hudson after he struggled in Spring Training.
Verdict: The Pirates easily won this trade.
BY: Zane Miller
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The Reds lost in their series finale against the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Sunday afternoon, giving the Padres took the series victory as the Reds were unable to come up with a series win in their west coast road trip.
The game started out strong for the Reds, as third baseman Eugenio Suarez hit a solo home run in the second inning and second baseman Scooter Gennett got an RBI single in the fifth while keeping the Padres off the board, until the bottom of the fifth which saw them get a grand slam off the bat of pinch hitter Hunter Renfroe, followed by an RBI single in the sixth inning by catcher Raffy Lopez. The Reds looked to make a comeback in the eighth as Gennett got a solo home run of his own, but the Padres would counter in the bottom of the inning as third baseman Cory Spangenberg also hit a solo homer as the Padres went on to win 6-3.
“(I’m) very dissatisfied,'' Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. “Very happy with the intensity and effort we get from our guys every day, but 3-6 (on the road trip) is not acceptable. But that's what we did, so we have to accept it and move on.”
Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross earned the win, going five innings while allowing two earned runs, seven hits and two walks. Reds starter Luis Castillo had a strong start until the fifth inning grand slam, as he gave up four earned runs, six hits and a walk in four and two-thirds innings pitched. Padres reliever Kirby Yates earned the save.
The Reds will have an off day on Monday before facing the Colorado Rockies.
By: Zane Miller
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The Reds lost the second game of their series on Saturday night against the San Diego Padres 8-2 after winning on Friday.
The game began with the Padres scoring a run on a first inning RBI sacrifice fly by second baseman Jose Pirela, which the Reds responded to in the second inning with a solo home run by new catcher Curt Casali, who was picked up in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays earlier in the week, but the Reds would not fare as well in the bottom of the inning as center fielder Manuel Margot hit a two RBI double to put the Padres back on top, starting pitcher Eric Lauer hit an RBI sacrifice fly and left fielder Travis Jankowski got an RBI single for a 5-1 Padres advantage. The Padres then added to the lead in the seventh, getting an RBI single from first baseman Eric Hosmer and a two RBI single by left fielder Matt Szczur, who came into the game as a defensive replacement and while the Reds were able to get a run back in the ninth on a solo home run by right fielder Scott Schebler, it wouldn’t be enough as the Padres won it 8-2.
Lauer went five innings for the Padres, allowing just one earned run on five hits and two walks to get the win, while Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey also went five innings but gave up four earned runs on six hits and one walk as he was hit with the loss.
The teams will go for the series victory on Sunday afternoon.
By: Noah Wright
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The Royals hard throwing righty closer, Kelvin Herrera is on the last year of his contract, and is only owed a cheap 7.937 million for the 2018 season. With the cheap contract, and his fantastic performance so far (.83 ERA, 2.06 FIP, 7.5 K/9, no walks, only 1 homerun, .250 opponent BABIP, in 21 and 2 thirds of an inning), Herrera could be a heavily sought after trade target at the deadline. Multiple teams could use his services, and would greatly benefit if they make a move for him. Let's look at some of the potential landing spots for Kelvin Herrera.
1.) Pittsburgh Pirates
If The Pirates want to keep doing good, they need some relief pitching. Currently, The Bucs have a bullpen 4.16 ERA, and a .254 batting average against opponents. While they’re bullpen has been middle-of-the road, they could sure use some help. Closer, Felipe Vazquez has seen his fair share of injuries and struggles this year, and so has Michael Feliz. Edgar Santana has improved from his first month of the season, but has still been a bit spotty, and the same thing can be said about Tyler Glasnow, but to a slightly greater extent. A trade for a good late inning arm could really help The Pirates. However, The Pirates’ overall performance could be dependent on how they act at the deadline.
2.) LA Angels
The Angels closer role has been passed around the bullpen like hot potato. The season started with Blake Parker as the closer. Then Cam Bedrosian saw a few save opportunities. After he struggled, the role then was passed onto young righty Keynan Middleton. Middleton seemed to have locked down the role, but then was forced to undergo Tommy John Surgery. The role was then given back to Blake Parker. While Parker has produced a solid 2.73 ERA, 9.9 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 1.291 WHIP, 3.31 FIP, but with an unlucky .331 opponent BABIP, Jim Johnson and Bedrosian have been a bit shaky, and 2 arms they relied on to deliver the 9th. A trade for Herrera could definitely help reinforce their late inning situation, but since they do not have a very deep farm, it could be a bit difficult to acquire Herrera.
3.) St. Louis Cardinals
The Cards signed Greg Holland at the end of spring training. After some extended spring training, the righty came back in earlyish April, but did not perform well, and was placed on The 10-day soon after. The closer role was then given to Bud Norris, who has been solid, is not a proven closer. With the back-end-bullpen struggles The Cardinals have faced so far this season, they are prime candidates to make a trade to acquire Kelvin Herrera.
4.) NY Mets
Like The Pirates, this could be totally dependent on where The Mets are in July. The Mets got off to a hot start to the season, but have fallen below .500. The Mets have had their fair share of bullpen troubles, with A.J. Ramos walking 6.6 batters/9, and eventually having to be placed on The DL. Jerry Blevins has also had trouble finding the strike zone (5.1 BB/9), and having an uncharacteristic 5.5 K/9. Hansel Robles is suffering from homerun problems as well. If The Mets look like contenders at the deadline, they could be in a position to acquire the Royals’ righty. Another question The Mets could face is if they have the prospects to make such a trade.
by: Zane Miller
Photo Credit: David Jablonski/Dayton Daily News
The Reds took down the San Diego Padres in the first game of a three game series on Friday night, as the Reds look to finish off their west coast road trip with a series victory.
The Reds started off with an RBI groundout from catcher Tucker Barnhart in the third inning, followed by a fourth inning with shortstop Jose Peraza hitting a two RBI double and Barnhart coming back again with an RBI single to make it a 4-0 game. In the fifth, Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett smacked a solo home run and Peraza added a two RBI single, which was challenged by the Padres but upheld. While the Padres were able to add a two RBI triple by shortstop Freddy Galvis, it wouldn’t be enough as the Reds won it 7-2.
Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle pitched five innings of shutout baseball, allowing five hits and two walks in the process but still getting the win. Padres starter Walker Lockett was hit with the loss, going just three and two-thirds innings, giving up four earned runs, four hits and five walks.
The teams will play once again on Saturday night.