Rockies exercise $2.5 million option on Miguel Olivo for 2011

Leave a comment

Miguel Olivo followed up a big first half by hitting .193 after the All-Star break, but finished with a solid .269/.315/.449 line in 112 games overall and will be back in Colorado next season after the Rockies’ exercised their $2.5 million team option for 2011.
Olivo either figures to split time behind the plate with Chris Iannetta again or take on the bulk of the starts if the Rockies end up taking Iannetta out of the doghouse long enough to trade him, but either way $2.5 million is a reasonable enough salary.
Olivo does a nice job shutting down the running game and has good power for a catcher, smacking 14 homers in 394 at-bats this season and an average of 20 homers per 500 at-bats for his career, but horrendous plate discipline keeps him from actually being a major asset offensively. He struck out 117 times while drawing a grand total of just 22 non-intentional walks this year, and was even worse in the previous two seasons with K/BB ratios of 126/19 and 123/14.
UPDATE: Not so fast, my friend: Colorado’s team option on Olivo actually became a mutual option because he played more than 110 games this season, which means he still has the ability to become a free agent even after they exercise their half of the deal.

Joe Girardi won’t use Masahiro Tanaka in Game 7

Getty Images
1 Comment

The Yankees and Astros are set for Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday, and neither team will hold back as they seek a World Series berth. The Astros are prepared to back starter Charlie Morton with any able-bodied pitcher in their ranks — including Justin Verlander, though A.J. Hinch said it would be a “dream scenario” to get anything more from his ace — while the Yankees are prepared to utilize all but a few of their arms. One pitcher you won’t see? Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who last took the hill for the Yankees during their Game 5 shutout on Wednesday.

Tanaka expended 103 pitches over seven scoreless innings in his last start, fending off the Astros with three hits, a walk and eight strikeouts. He hasn’t pitched on fewer than three days of rest all year, and even with a do-or-die scenario facing the Yankees on Saturday night, manager Joe Girardi doesn’t want to compromise his starter’s ability to stay rested and ready for the World Series.

Girardi will also play it safe with fellow right-hander Sonny Gray, who dominated in a five-inning performance in Game 4. All other pitchers should be available and ready to go, though the club is hoping for a lengthy outing from veteran starter CC Sabathia. Sabathia is no stranger to the postseason: over eight separate playoff runs, he touts one championship title and a collective 4.24 ERA in 123 innings. He held the Astros scoreless in his Game 3 start, blanking them over six innings on three hits, four walks and five strikeouts for an eventual 8-1 win.

Even without Tanaka or Gray likely to take the mound for Game 7, the Yankees will enter the series finale with history on their side. Per MLB.com, they have a 4-3 road record in Game 7s and are 6-7 in all 13 Game 7 finales to date. The Astros, on the other hand, dropped their first and only Game 7 clincher back in 2004, when the Cardinals capped the NLCS with a 5-2 win in St. Louis. The teams are scheduled to face off for the first-ever Game 7 at Minute Maid Park on Saturday at 8:00 PM ET.