Last night’s game between the Mets and Braves was washed out, but the clubs will make up the game as part of a doubleheader this afternoon.
The Mets just got their clocks cleaned during a doubleheader against the Rockies on Thursday, so they aren’t thrilled with having to play another doubleheader in the space of three days, especially considering they’ll make two more trips to Atlanta this season. It’s ultimately the home team’s call in these situations, so you’d have to think the Braves ultimately saw this as a situation where they could take advantage. Tough luck, right?
According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets called the commissioner’s office to lodge a complaint, but the games will be played as scheduled. Mets assistant general manager John Ricco declined to criticize the Braves publicly, but it’s clear they aren’t happy with the decision.
“I’m not going to go there,” Ricco said. “It is what it is. It just puts us in a tough position.”
The Mets sit at 4-9 on the young season and have lost five consecutive games.
The Rockies are looking for a “front-of-rotation-type pitcher,” per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. He notes that the club is also in on free agent slugger Mark Trumbo.
Starting pitching has not been the Rockies’ strong suit in recent years. The club had baseball’s fifth-worst rotation ERA in baseball this past season at 4.79. It’s tough to entice big-name free agent pitchers to pitch given how their stats are adversely affected by the hitter-friendly nature of Coors Field. Trading would be one way around that.
Though Chris Sale is off the board, the Rockies could still try to pry Chris Archer from the Rays or Jose Quintana from the White Sox.
As presently constructed, the Rockies’ rotation includes Chad Bettis, Tyler Chatwood, Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson, and German Marquez.
SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo passes along an interesting piece of information. New Yankees OF/DH Matt Holliday has a no-trade clause in his contract that allows him to block a trade to exactly one team: the Athletics.
Holliday was briefly a member of the A’s back in 2009. He had a decent two months in Oakland, so it isn’t as if he feels he couldn’t produce there. However, the A’s do play their home games at Oakland Alameda Coliseum, which is the fifth-oldest stadium in baseball, having opened in 1966. You may recall that the Coliseum has had some issues recently. Three years ago, the coaches’ bathroom overflowed with sewage and sewage also came out of faucets. Earlier this year, there were more plumbing issues as the Yankees’ clubhouse toilet was backed up and water overflowed into the dugout. It’s understandable why Holliday might not want to play half his games there.