Anti-OBPer traded for guy who once missed third base

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Couple thoughts on the Jeff Francoeur for Ryan Church trade:

  • One reason why this trade might seem a bit jarring (or as jarring
    as a swap of mediocre outfielders could be) is that these two clubs
    almost never do business. Since the divisions were realigned in 1995,
    they have made one trade: Paul Byrd for Greg McMichael after the 1996 season. Other than that, since the Braves have been relevant, there was the Dave Gallagher/Pete Smith blockbuster in 1993 and Alejandro Pena for Tony Castillo in 1991.
  • Love
    how we’re reading about the Mets loving and needing Francoeur’s superb
    defense and cannon arm in the spacious right field at Citi, even though
    Church provided awesome defense and close to a cannon arm in the
    spacious right field at Citi. This season, Church has a UZR of 2.8,
    Francoeur with a 0.6 (although it was a 17.1 two years ago).
  • Braves
    fans probably won’t have this problem because Church won’t really be
    identified as a Met, but it’ll be tough trying to warm up to a guy most
    Mets fans despised passionately for the past four years. Unless, you
    know, he starts hitting bombs. Then we’ll be okay.
  • I am not confident in this happening.
  • Anytime
    you have a team that is fundamentally unsound and has trouble scoring
    runs, and you have a chance to add a guy who once said “If on-base
    percentage is so important, why don’t they put it up on the
    scoreboard?”, you gotta make that deal.
  • And we’re also told by Rotoworld’s Matt Stroup that on-base percentage numbers do appear on Turner Field’s scoreboard.
  • In his last game for Atlanta, Francoeur hit three doubles. Is that considered “selling high”?
  • But cheer up, Mets fans. This quote from Omar Minaya ease any apprehension you have: “One thing we like about Francoeur is the amount of games that he plays.” So there’s that.

Sean Manaea pitches first no-hitter of 2018

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Athletics southpaw Sean Manaea delivered his first career no-hitter against the Red Sox in a decisive 3-0 victory on Saturday night. Any thought of a perfect game was banished in the first at-bat, when Mookie Betts drew a leadoff six-pitch walk to open the first inning. From there, Manaea was nearly flawless, holding the Sox to four total baserunners and striking out 10 of 30 batters faced — a career record.

Manaea was gifted a three-run lead thanks to RBI doubles from Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty and Marcus Semien‘s solo shot off of Chris Sale in the fifth inning. While the Red Sox managed to draw two walks off of Manaea, they didn’t come anywhere close to plating a run. Andrew Benintendi tried to break up the no-no in the sixth inning with an infield hit down the first base line, but strayed out of bounds and later saw his hit reversed on a call of batter interference.

Entering the ninth inning, the 26-year-old lefty was sitting at just 95 pitches through eight frames of no-hit ball. He quickly deposed Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts with a groundout and fly out, then walked Benintendi on seven pitches. Any threat the Red Sox might have posed was soon eliminated, however, as Hanley Ramirez ground into a force out to complete the no-hitter.

Manaea is the first A’s pitcher to toss a no-no since Dallas Braden’s perfect game against the Rays eight years ago. The last time the Red Sox were on the losing end of a no-hitter was also against an AL West rival, when the Mariners’ Chris Bosio clinched a 2-0 no-no on April 22, 1993. Manaea’s feat is even more outstanding given how dominant the Red Sox have looked this season: prior to Saturday’s defeat, they boasted a 17-2 record and had yet to be shut out during the regular season.