MLB Podcast - Potential Closers and Biggest Rising Prospects
Greg Jewett and Matt Selz talk the latest happenings in MLB including potential closers to target going forward and the biggest rising prospects.
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I. Díaz - 2B
Isan Diaz went 2-for-3 and hit his first career grand slam Friday as the Marlins topped the Brewers 6-1.
Added 11:50 pm (EST)
T. Rogers - SP
Trevor Rogers pitched five innings of one-run ball and struck out six Friday in a win over the Brewers.
Added 11:49 pm (EST)
K. Wong - 2B
Kolten Wong went 0-for-3 with a walk Friday and is 4-for-26 so far this month.
The Brewers are struggling to score runs of late, so they could try messing with the lineup some. Wong has hit leadoff in all 20 of his starts this year, but with his OBP sliding lately, perhaps they could drop him and try Lorenzo Cain and Luis Urias at the top of the order.
Added 11:46 pm (EST)
M. Rojas - SS
Miguel Rojas went 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored Friday against the Brewers.
Even though Rojas was easily the Marlins' best OBP guy last year, manager Don Mattingly had him hitting eighth on Opening Day this season. Fortunately, he's leading off now and doing a great job of it; he's batting .291/.381/.447 for the season, and he's scored 14 runs in 11 games as a leadoff man.
Added 11:43 pm (EST)
P. Mazeika - C
Patrick Mazeika drove in the first run of his career to lead the Mets to a comeback 5-4 victory over the Diamondbacks in the 10th inning on Friday.
Mazeika, who was just called up two days ago, played the role of unlikely hero with what was essentially a swinging bunt to the right side of the mound. Stefan Crichton did his best to shovel the ball to home plate, but the throw was wide and Pete Alonso was able to score the winning run. Mazeika got his uniform ripped off by his teammates, as if the moment wasn't memorable enough for him. Someday he'll tell his grandkids that his walk-off hit was a line drive to the gap. Mazeika has posted some good numbers in the minors, but he's mostly up as a third catcher right now.
Added 11:43 pm (EST)
Zac Gallen yielded two runs (one earned) over six innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Friday.
He left in position for the victory before the Mets tied things up in the seventh. Gallen allowed just four hits, including RBI singles in the third and sixth innings. He struck out five and walked four before being pulled at 96 pitches. It was a nice bounceback showing after his start against the Rockies last week. He'll bring a 3.04 ERA into a start against the Marlins next week.
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D. Peterson - SP
David Peterson lasted just 1 2/3 innings while giving up three runs Friday against the Diamondbacks.
Peterson tossed a scoreless first inning, but things came off the rails in the second inning. He walked opposing pitcher Zac Gallen to load the bases and was clearly a bit rattled -- or annoyed at the home plate umpire from there -- hitting Tim Locastro with a pitch to force in a run and then walking back-to-back batters for two more runs before being pulled. Pitchers can lose it that quickly sometimes, so we wouldn't make too much out of this one. Peterson will try to improve his 5.54 ERA into a start against the Rays next week.
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Francisco Lindor went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Friday's extra-inning victory over the Diamondbacks.
One day after snapping his hitless streak, Lindor delivered just his third multi-hit game of the season. Lindor connected for a game-tying two-run shot in the seventh inning, his second homer of the year and his first at Citi Field. The Mets eventually won in the 10th inning. There was some speculation about a possible confrontation with Jeff McNeil after a miscommunication in the infield, but Lindor said after the game that they were talking in the tunnel about whether they saw a rat or a raccoon. That doesn't really hold up to scrutiny, but the most important thing is that Lindor appears ready to take off at the plate.
Added 11:37 pm (EST)