Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk durign the Marlins' 9-1 loss to the Giants on Friday.
Stanton provided all the offense for the Marlins on Friday night, connecting on a 466-foot home run off of Madison Bumgarner in the sixth inning. He is now slashing .296/.397/.546 with 22 home runs and 64 RBI through 355 at-bats while owning a career-best 0.54 BB/K rate. If he is able to keep up his current pace he will be setting new career-highs in both home runs, RBI and batting average by season's end. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Blue Jays signed LHP J.A. Happ to a three-year deal.
On the surface, this doesn't look like a good deal for the Blue Jays. While they're desperately in need of a starter, and Happ fits the bill as...well, a starter, this is an overpay. $12 million a year for a 33-year old pitcher who had a 3.61 ERA last year, and last had a qualified season with an ERA under 4.00 in 2007, doesn't seem like the smartest of investments. Happ does have upside, in fact he had a 1.85 ERA and 2.19 FIP (63.1 innings) in Toronto last year in Pittsburgh last year, after being traded to the team from the Mariners, but a 4.64 ERA and 4.12 FIP in 108.2 prior innings with Seattle is less than encouraging. This deal could turn out well, but it is much more likely that it is a bust for the Blue Jays. Analysis: Ben Diamond