12:08 AM: So it goes. Shane Victorino broke up the no-hit bid with a one-out single in the eighth inning.
11:54 PM: This isn’t related to the no-hitter, but here’s a sign that Kuroda is have a once-in-a-lifetime night. In the bottom of the seventh inning, he just got his first hit of the season. He was 0-for-45 before the one-out single to center field.
11:47 PM: Ho-hum. Another Monday, another chance at history.
Hiroki Kuroda currently has a no-hitter through seven innings against the Phillies. He has allowed just two baserunners thus far — by virtue of hitting Jayson Werth with a pitch in the second inning and walking Carlos Ruiz in the sixth — while striking out six.
Kuroda has also thrown 83 pitches, 53 of them for strikes, so opposed to Rich Harden last week, he should have a legitimate chance to finish this one. Stay tuned to see if he can keep it going.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will opt out of his contract shortly after the World Series concludes. Cespedes, who earned $17.5 million for the 2016 season, has two years and $47.5 million remaining on his deal which includes an opt-out clause.
That Cespedes plans to opt out isn’t surprising as he’s almost certain to get a better contract entering a weak free agent market. He hit a terrific .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI in 543 plate appearances for the Mets this past season.
It remains to be seen how the Mets will deal with potentially losing Cespedes. They can pick up a $13 million club option for Jay Bruce, but he performed terribly after joining the Mets in a trade from the Reds. The Mets could also go after free agents Jose Bautista or Mark Trumbo. Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto will handle the other two outfield positions.
Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that former Red Sox DH David Ortiz and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant won the 2016 Hank Aaron Award in their respective leagues.
Ortiz, 40, flourished in his final season, batting .315/.401/.620 with 38 home runs and 127 RBI in 626 plate appearances during the regular season. His .620 slugging percentage, 1.021 OPS, and 48 doubles led the majors while his 127 RBI led the American League. Ortiz also won the Hank Aaron Award back in 2005.
Bryant, 24, is the likely winner of the National League Most Valuable Player Award as well. He hit .292/.385/.554 with 39 home runs and 102 RBI over 699 plate appearances. He also led the league by scoring 121 runs. Bryant is the first Cub to win the Hank Aaron Award since Aramis Ramirez in 2008.
Last year’s winners in the AL and NL, respectively, were Josh Donaldson and Bryce Harper.