Those still hanging on to the notion that Carlos Delgado will sign a contract with the Mets should take note of the following from Jayson Stark of ESPN.com:
“He’s got no range at first — none,” said one scout. “He actually
limps out there. He can’t play first on a day-to-day basis. I think he
can still DH, because he’s still got power. But to play first for a
team like the Mets? Can’t see it.”
Reports about his offense have been pretty positive, and he even legged out a triple on Friday, but he has shown little ability to move laterally just nine months removed from hip surgery. If National League teams aren’t willing to take a chance on the 37-year-old slugger, he’ll have a tough time finding anything beyond a minor league contract with Fernando Tatis, Xavier Nady, Gary Sheffield, Jim Thome, Melvin Mora, Ryan Garko, Hank Blalock, Mike Jacobs, Jermaine Dye and Russell Branyan also out there looking for work.
Here are the Rangers and Blue Jays lineups for Game 1 of the ALDS in Toronto:
CF Delino DeShields
RF Shin-Soo Choo
3B Adrian Beltre
DH Prince Fielder
1B Mike Napoli
LF Josh Hamilton
SS Elvis Andrus
2B Rougned Odor
C Robinson Chirinos
SP Yovani Gallardo
With left-hander David Price on the mound for Toronto the Rangers are going with Mike Napoli at first base over Mitch Moreland. Beyond that it’s a pretty standard lineup for Texas, or at least standard for what manager Jeff Banister used down the stretch once Josh Hamilton was healthy enough to play left field.
LF Ben Revere
3B Josh Donaldson
RF Jose Bautista
DH Edwin Encarnacion
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Justin Smoak
C Russell Martin
2B Ryan Goins
CF Kevin Pillar
SP David Price
After returning from the disabled list for the final weekend of the regular season Troy Tulowitzki is in the lineup and batting fifth. That allows Ryan Goins to play second base in place of the injured Devon Travis. Justin Smoak gets the nod over Chris Colabello at first base against a right-hander.
Houston made one unexpected change to the roster for the ALDS, leaving off veteran reliever Chad Qualls.
Qualls warmed up but never appeared in the Wild Card game win over the Yankees and during the regular season the 36-year-old right-hander logged 49 innings with a 4.38 ERA and 46/9 K/BB ratio. Qualls was on the Astros’ last playoff team in 2005.
Utility man Jonathan Villar has been bumped off the roster in favor of outfielder Preston Tucker, as the Astros opted for a good left-handed bat off the bench versus the Royals rather than Villar’s speed.