Could Jason Marquis be left off the postseason rotation?

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Seems crazy given the fact that he was an All Star and has 15 wins, but given his late season slide, including last night’s loss, people are talking about it in Denver:

An all-star, one of baseball’s most
pleasant surprises for four months, Marquis has raised at least a
morsel of doubt regarding his playoff rotation spot . . .
If, as expected, the Rockies reach the
postseason, they must configure their rotation. As it stands, the only
lock is Ubaldo Jimenez for the Oct. 7 opener, followed closely by Jorge
De La Rosa, Marquis, Jason Hammel and Aaron Cook. Only four starters
would be necessary, leaving Cook an X-factor to wedge himself back in
with a strong showing Friday. A rotation without Marquis seems a
longshot but can no longer be dismissed out of hand.

Marquis has gotten used to being left out of the mix in the postseason. Early in his career it was because he was the least-essential pitcher on the Atlanta Braves. More recently, it’s because he’s posted poor second halves, not unlike the one he has going on this year.  He’s the bizarro Adam LaRoche, really.

If the postseason started today, the Rockies would face the Cardinals. Marquis has faced St. Louis once this year, and pitched well. He’s done pretty decently against them overall in his career, posting a 9-7 record and a 3.80 ERA.  My guess is that he’s in the rotation, but the very fact that reasonable people are suggesting he might not be bodes ill for the Rockies’ chances once the playoffs start.

Aaron Hicks to go on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.

Report: Phillies making Maikel Franco available in trade discussions

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies are making third baseman Maikel Franco “more than available” in trade discussions.

Franco, 24, is having an abysmal season after showing promise in 2015 and ’16. Through 289 plate appearances, he’s hitting .221/.280/.365 with nine home runs and 37 RBI. His hitting has tanked and his already below-average defense hasn’t shown any improvement.

It’s a bit surprising that the Phillies would be so eager to move Franco with his value about as low as it can go. Franco is also under control of the rebuilding Phillies through the 2021 season, so the team doesn’t have to rush into moving him. He will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season.

Furthermore, the Phillies don’t have an immediate replacement for Franco at third base. Andres Blanco would likely get everyday starts at the hot corner in the short-term, but as far as prospects go, there are no third baseman banging down the door. If the Phillies were to trade Franco, it would likely have to be in return for a young, talented third baseman who will be under team control for several more years.