Thrifty Reds non-tender Jonny Gomes

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Jonny Gomes headshot.jpgJonny Gomes is the latest talented player to be non-tendered as the Reds cut ties with him on Saturday.
The 29-year-old Gomes was a surprise power source in ’09, hitting
.267/.338/.541 with 20 home runs and 51 RBI in just 281 at-bats. Among
NL outfielders with 250 at-bats or more, Gomes ranked 12th with a .879
OPS  — higher than the likes of Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carlos
Lee, just to name a few.




Gomes should have a great deal of
appeal now that he’ll be able to negotiate with all 30 teams. He has a
.517 slugging percentage and .885 OPS against left-handers in his
career, making him a prime candidate for a platoon. His defense is
decidedly-wretched, so he’d have more value in the American League.




Though the Reds look pretty cheap
here, it’s not like they don’t have plenty of internal options to
replace him. Chris Dickerson, Wladimir Balentien, Chris Heisey and Todd
Frazier are all possibilities for left field with Gomes out of the way.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: