Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey had a no-hitter going through seven innings against the A’s on Sunday, but was lifted due to a pitch count of 106 and a recent bout with elbow tendinitis.
Slowey walked three batters through his seven innings of work and needed several deep counts to keep the A’s hitless. That cost him a shot at history, but he was excellent nonetheless in the heat of a tight race atop the American League Central.
Jon Rauch entered in relief in the eighth and promptly allowed a Cliff Pennington double, snapping the chance of a combined no-hitter.
Slowey, 26, has been very up-and-down this season, dominating in some starts and awful in others. But he’s in line for his 11th win today and currently boasts a 4.22 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 24 outings. In other words, the kid has been great.
If the Twins’ bullpen wraps it up, Minnesota will grab a 2.5-game lead over the White Sox in the AL Central.
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.