You may be wondering why the Pirates traded their All Star closer in the middle of a close wild card race? Well the answer is a strong mix of a contract coming to an end and Tony Watson being a closer in waiting. Watson has a 2.66 ERA and 39 SO in 44 IP, he has the potential to be a good closer and now with Melancon in DC he is getting his chance.
After dealing with a minor foot injury Cervelli will be in the Pirates lineup today.
After dealing with multiple injuries that threatened his career in the past few years Davis has rejoined the 49ers 90-man roster.
Lucroy is out of the lineup as the trade deadline floodgates may be close to opening. Rumors of a three-player offer from the Mets have been talked about. With Lucroy sitting today Mets fans have to have their hopes high. He may be the bat they need to get back in the NL East race
Greg Garcia will replace the NL Rookie of the Year candidate in the Cardinals lineup today.
Piscotty is not in the lineup Saturday. Pham, Grichuk and Holliday will man the outfield today.
Sano is out of the lineup Saturday for the Twins. Danny Santana will play 3rd and Jorge Polanco will be their DH. This is his second game off in three days although he is hitting .264 its possible that his extremely high strikeout rate may be becoming an issue.
The Oakland A’s have traded outfielder Billy Burns to the Royals for Brett Eibner. Eibner will begin his time with the A’s Organization at Triple-A Nashville.