Matt Stairs was content to be a high school hockey coach back home in Maine this past winter, but he got on Nutri-System, lost 40 pounds and found the spark to come back and make the Padres out of camp. Rather than a last hurrah, Staris tells MLB.com’s Corey Brock that he’d like to play one or two more years.
I suppose it’s possible he could do it too. He hasn’t had a great season, even in his limited role (.227/.303/.455), but he has a little power left and he can even flash some occasional leather. For him anyway.
What he really has going for him, I think, is that every single thing I’ve ever read or heard about him suggests that people just like him and want him in the clubhouse. That only goes so far — Brad Ausmus probably stretches the limits of the concept — but as long as you can do one or two competent things on a diamond, it can get you a roster spot.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.