Monday, May 22, 2017

MLB news: Walker placed on DL

The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed RHP Taijuan Walker on the 10 day DL (blister), and activated LHP T.J. McFarland from the 10 day DL.

      D-backs GM Mike Hazen told that the injury wasn't serious. "I don't think it's going to be that long. This is something he's been dealing with for a few weeks now, and while it was making some progress start to start, it's still something he's been managing through."

      Walker, 24, was acquired this offseason in a big trade that sent SS Jean Segura to Seattle. He has a 3.46 in 52 innings this year, striking out 46 batters. He has a career 4.09 ERA in 409 innings with 368 Ks for the D-backs and Mariners.

       McFarland, 27, has a 1.35 ERA in 6.2 innings for the D-backs this year, striking out four. He has a career 4.17 ERA in 205 innings, with 129 Ks in his career for the D-backs and Baltimore Orioles.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

MLB news: Braves acquire Adams from Cardinals

  The Atlanta Braves have acquired 1B Matt Adams from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor league infielder Juan Yepez. Let's get into details.

       Along with first base, Adams has played in left field this season. He seems to be able to play right field as well. But with star Matt Carpenter at first, and solid OFs Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty in the corners, the Cardinals mostly used Adams as a pinch hitter for the pitcher against righties. So, they didn't really need him. They didn't get much value in Yepez, but it's something.

       The 19 year old Yepez was never been apart of the Braves top 30 prospect list. He hit .275 with a homer, 15 RBIs and four steals in 142 ABs for the Rome Braves (single-A) this year. He's hit .281 with six homers, 54 RBIs and seven steals in his three year minor league career dating back to 2015.

        With star 1B Freddie Freeman out for a while, the Braves have been searching first base options. They called up Rio Ruiz, who hit his first MLB home run yesterday. They also signed former star James Loney to a minor league deal. But Adams seems to be the favorite to start the majority of the games until Freeman returns.

      Adams, 28, hit .292 with a homer and seven RBIs in 48 ABs for the Cardinals this season. He's played in six MLB seasons, all with the Cardinals, with a .271 average, 56 HRs and 217 RBIs in 1429 ABs. He appeared in the 2013 World Series for the Cardinals, hitting .136, without an RBI and striking out seven times in 22 ABs. The Cardinals lost to the Red Sox that series.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

MLB news: Rangers extend winning streak to 10 games

       This is getting ridiculous. After a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers, the Texas Rangers extended their winning streak to 10 games. That's the longest winning streak for any MLB club so far in 2017.
        The Rangers offense has been awake. They've scored 64 runs on the streak, with at least four runs scored in every game. Their pitching has been solid, allowing just 27 runs. That's 6.4 runs scored per game and 2.7 runs allowed per game.

        Also, there's a new pitching hero every night. A different pitcher has won each game. Here's the list of winning pitchers in the last 10 games:

A.J. Griffin
Jeremy Jeffress
Sam Dyson
Keone Kela
Tony Barnette
Dario Alvarez
Yu Darvish
Andrew Cashner
Martin Perez
Nick Martinez

            They've also done it with stars Cole Hamels and Adrian Beltre on the DL.

            The only problem is that the Rangers have barely gained any ground on their rivals, the Houston Astros, who are in first place. The did lose yesterday, but have won 9 of their last 11.

            The Rangers currently are second in the AL West (behind Houston) with a 23-20 record, 6.5 games back of the Astros.

Friday, May 19, 2017

MLB news: Miller placed on DL, Martinez acquired by Rays

  The Tampa Bay Rays have placed 2B Brad Miller on the 10-day DL with a left abdominal strain. He's not expected to miss a long period of time.

        Miller, 27, hit a career high 30 homers last year. That offseason, he was acquired by the Rays along with Logan Morrison and Danny Farquhar from the Seattle Mariners for Nathan Karns, C.J. Riefenhauser and Boog Powell. He's hit .205, with two homers, 14 RBIs and three steals in 132 ABs this year. He's a career .243 hitter, with 61 HRs, 213 RBIs and 31 steals in 1791 ABs for the Rays and Mariners.

        The Rays also traded for 2B Michael Martinez, giving up a PTBNL or cash to the Cleveland Indians. He's hit .364 without an RBI in 14 ABs for Cleveland this year. He has a .200 average, six homers and 42 RBIs in 545 career ABs for the Indians, Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies.

         For Martinez to go on the 40 man roster, Xaiver Cedeno was transferred to the 60 day DL. He has a 3.86 ERA in 2.1 innings this year, without a K. He has a 3.81 ERA in 141.2 innings, striking out 140 for the Rays, Nationals and Astros.