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.
The Cardinals announced on Tuesday that outfielder Dexter Fowler has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left forearm. Outfielder Harrison Bader was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to take Fowler’s spot on the roster.
It’s not clear when Fowler suffered the injury, but he went 0-for-12 since a three-hit performance last Friday. He’s hitting .241/.333/.452 with 14 home runs and 37 RBI in 333 plate appearances this season.
Bader, 23, is the Cardinals’ No. 6 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. This season, with Memphis, Bader hit .297/.354/.517 with 19 home runs and 48 RBI in 381 PA.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network said yesterday that the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs have been engaged in trade talks involving starting pitcher Justin Verlander and catcher Alex Avila. Morosi also noted that the Los Angeles Dodgers have shown interest in Verlander as well. Whether this is idyl chitchatting of serious dispute is unclear, of course. Everything is unclear in the leadup to the deadline.
The veteran right-hander is carrying a 4.50 with a 120/57 K/BB ratio over 124 innings. Verlander impressed last year, finishing second in AL Cy Young Award balloting, but he has fallen back to Earth in 2017. His velocity remains high, however, and it’s not hard to imagine him going on a solid run in a way that could help a contender. He is owed $56 million over the next two seasons, however, and has a $22 million option that could vest for 2020, so negotiations for him could be tough. If the Tigers want talent back, they’ll have to eat salary.
Verlander got an ovation from a Detroit crowd last night which seemed to sense that, yes, it’s possible he pitched his last game for the Tigers. Given that he has 10/5 rights, allowing him to veto any trade, that decision is ultimately up to him. It’s not hard to imagine him accepting a trade to a contender, however.
We wait see.