– The Yankees will go for a seventh straight win against a pitcher they
tried to acquire in the second half of last year, Jarrod Washburn. They
beat the Mariners 8-5 on Tuesday to improve to 22-14 at new Yankee
Stadium. Washburn, who had an impressive 2.82 ERA in six starts against
the Bombers at the old yard, will be pitching at the new park for the
first time. Andy Pettitte will start for the Yankees. The Mariners are
one of two AL teams he’s under .500 against in his career (9-11, 4.68
ERA). Cleveland is the other.
– Cole Hamels and Jair Jurrjens will try to snap winless skids
tonight with the Phillies in Atlanta. Neither picked up a victory
during interleague play. Hamels, who last won on June 4, was removed
after just 4 2/3 innings last time out in a loss to Toronto. Jurrjens
has lost four in a row since his last victory on May 29.
Game of the Night
San Francisco vs. St. Louis – Matt Cain had two chances to become
the NL’s first 10-game winner, but he was undone in part by poor run
support, giving Jason Marquis a chance to beat him there. He’ll settle
for being the second to reach the mark if he can win in St. Louis
tonight. The Cardinals, who are trying to avoid dropping three straight
to begin a four-game series, will counter with their eight-game winner,
Adam Wainwright. St. Louis lost night despite getting a pair of homers
from Albert Pujols. Pujols is 4-for-8 with a homer and a double against
Cain in his career.
With a fourth-inning solo home run off of Phillies starter Jake Thompson, Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson reached the 30-homer plateau for the fourth time in his 13-year career. It’s a moment worth celebrating, only there’s one problem: he has just 56 RBI on the season.
There are many reasons for the low RBI total. 24 of Granderson’s 30 homers have come with the bases empty. He came into Sunday’s action hitting just .140 in 124 plate appearances with runners in scoring position and .197 with runners on base. He has hit leadoff for most of the season, meaning he’s had the Mets’ pitchers hitting “ahead” of him in the No. 9 slot as well as the Mets’ catchers typically hitting eighth. Mets catchers, collectively, have a .296 on-base percentage, the second-worst mark in the National League.
Since the end of August, Granderson has hit cleanup with Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Yoenis Cespedes hitting in front of him. That change hasn’t been for naught, as he has 17 RBI in 21 games since.
Still, Granderson is on pace for the fewest RBI in a 30-homer season. Rob Deer and Felix Mantilla are tied for the record with 64 RBI. Deer (32 HR) accomplished the feat in 1992 with the Tigers and Mantilla (30 HR) in 1964 with the Red Sox. Only eight players have had 70 or fewer homers in a 30-homer season. Evan Gattis is currently sitting on 30 homers with 68 RBI.
Following the announcement of the 24-year-old’s death, Major League Baseball observed a moment of silence for José Fernández before each of today’s games. While this afternoon’s Marlins-Braves game was cancelled out of respect for the organization, Miami painted Fernández’s jersey number on the mound in honor of their former pitcher.
Other teams, like the Mets, Mariners, and Dodgers, chose to honor Fernández by hanging his No. 16 jersey in their dugout:
Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports that David Ortiz‘s pregame retirement ceremony at Tropicana Field was canceled at the player’s request:
The Astros and Diamondbacks each displayed a personal tribute to Fernández, writing the number 16 on their caps and etching his number and initials in the bullpen:
Rest in peace, Fernández.