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.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.
Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.
Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies are making third baseman Maikel Franco “more than available” in trade discussions.
Franco, 24, is having an abysmal season after showing promise in 2015 and ’16. Through 289 plate appearances, he’s hitting .221/.280/.365 with nine home runs and 37 RBI. His hitting has tanked and his already below-average defense hasn’t shown any improvement.
It’s a bit surprising that the Phillies would be so eager to move Franco with his value about as low as it can go. Franco is also under control of the rebuilding Phillies through the 2021 season, so the team doesn’t have to rush into moving him. He will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season.
Furthermore, the Phillies don’t have an immediate replacement for Franco at third base. Andres Blanco would likely get everyday starts at the hot corner in the short-term, but as far as prospects go, there are no third baseman banging down the door. If the Phillies were to trade Franco, it would likely have to be in return for a young, talented third baseman who will be under team control for several more years.