Craig gave a nice obituary Thursday on the life and times of former major leaguer Robin Roberts, who passed away suddenly at the age of 83. Now Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer has added to the legend.
According to Gelb, Roberts’ 18-year-old granddaughter Jennifer had a premonition when Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth stepped to the plate Thursday against the Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse. She predicted that he would homer in honor of her grandfather, and he did just that.
“She said Werth was going to hit a home run just for Pops,” Roberts’ son Jim told the Inquirer. “And then he did. There were quite a
few tears in our living room at that point.”
The Phillies went on to win 7-2, taking three-of-four games from the NL Central-leading Redbirds. Werth was informed of the prediction after the game.
“That’s [amazing] right there,” the Phillies’ rightfielder said, rubbing the goosebumps on his arm.
Werth, 30, is batting a scorching .354 this season with a .417 on-base percentage and five home runs in 99 at-bats. The Phils stand 17-11, good enough for first place in the National League East.
Free agent reliever Bryan Shaw has received two multiyear offers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The teams in question have not been revealed, but the demand for Shaw is expected to be high as he comes off of a career-best season.
The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-6 in 79 appearances for the Indians, drawing a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 in 76 2/3 innings. He ranked 12th among qualified relievers with 1.6 fWAR, his highest mark to date, and proved instrumental in helping the club reach their second consecutive division title in 2017.
The Mets are the last known team to show interest in Shaw, as the New York Post’s Mike Puma reported Wednesday. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the club yet, naturally, but they could still use a couple of arms to round out the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia and it’s worth noting that the right-hander has already worked closely with Mets’ skipper and former Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway. While Shaw’s proven consistency and durability should appeal to a wide variety of teams, he’s due for a big payday after making just $4.6 million in his last year with the Indians.