Although he was just a triple away from the cycle, Carl Crawford was pulled early from Wednesday’s rout of the Indians. As if to make up for it, he tripled twice today as part of a second straight four-hit game as the Red Sox beat the Tigers 14-1 in a rain-shortened game.
It’s the first time in his career that Crawford has had back-to-back four-hit days and the eighth time he tripled twice. He homered and doubled twice on Wednesday, giving him five extra-base hits in two days, and he’s raised his average from .212 to .240.
With Crawford streaking, the Red Sox have won their last two games by a combined score of 28-3. Today they roughed up one of the AL’s best pitchers in Max Scherzer. They’re the first team since the Rangers on Aug. 10 & 12, 2008 to score 14 runs in back-to-back games.
(Incidentally, the 2008 Rangers lost the second of those games, 19-17, to the Red Sox.)
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.