Toronto left-hander Ricky Romero has been one of the AL’s best pitchers over the last year and a half… except when he’s facing Boston.
Romero just gave up six runs over 4 1/3 innings in his start against the Red Sox tonight. He’s faced them twice this year and allowed 11 runs over 9 1/3 innings.
Assuming that he takes the loss tonight, Romero will fall to 2-6 in 11 career starts against Boston. He’s given up 52 runs — 47 earned — in 52 1/3 innings in those games, leaving him with a 8.08 ERA.
Against everyone except the Red Sox, Romero is 32-20 lifetime with a 3.28 ERA. This year, he has a 2.45 ERA in his 16 starts versus other teams.
To look at it another way, 22 percent of the runs he’s allowed in his career have come against Boston, compared to just 10 percent of his innings pitched.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
The D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, so Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.