“Loria has invested a relative pittance in his product over the last five
seasons, and every year, the Marlins have competed, mainly because of
the good work of Larry Beinfest and the Florida managers and the other
folks in baseball operations. If Loria’s standard for success is only to
make the playoffs and that expectation has not been met and he wants to
play the blame game, well, he could look in the mirror.”
— Buster Olney, joining the almost unanimous chorus in criticizing Jeffrey Loria for his dismissal of Fredi Gonzalez.
If there is any justice in the world Gonzalez will take over the Braves job next year and wind up facing former Marlins’ manager Joe Girardi and his Yankees in the World Series.
Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season.
Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard.
Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on Sunday that Pirates starter Gerrit Cole was scratched from Monday’s start against the Cubs. Cole instead has flown to Los Angeles to have his sore right elbow examined by a specialist, Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Cole struggled in Wednesday’s start against the Astros, yielding five runs in five innings. He did not throw his regular between-starts bullpen. An MRI didn’t reveal any ligament damage, but a bone spur remains a possibility.
Cole, 25, has a 3.55 ERA and a 95/32 K/BB ratio in 144 innings over 20 starts this season. The right-hander missed some time earlier this season with a triceps injury.