It has been a pretty trippy 14 or 15 hours in baseball. We had the Jerry Meals thing in Atlanta, then the Rasmus trade, the Beltran (almost) trade and the Ervin Santana no-hitter. More wild stuff has gone down since 2AM than usually happens in a month.
Add a Mariners victory to it all, because they beat the New York Yankees 9-2 this afternoon, snapping their losing streak at 17.
Dustin Ackley drove in three and the badly-slumping Ichiro went 4 for 5. Felix Hernandez went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits. Phil Hughes wasn’t appreciably worse — two runs in six innings — but the Yankees bullpen and defense betrayed them, turning a 2-1 game into a 7-1 game, and from there it was just a matter of time. Even the lowly Mariners don’t blow five run leads late. At least not that often.
Welcome back to the land of the living, Seattle.
Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a sprained left thumb, but he’s expected to be activated on Friday.
Cabrera, 31, last played second base in 2014 with the Nationals. He has played shortstop exclusively as a Met the last two seasons. Jose Reyes would continue to play shortstop if the Mets were to go through with the position change. Cabrera would displace T.J. Rivera, who has been playing second base in place of the injured Neil Walker.
In 196 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He has made 11 defensive errors, which is tied for the third-most among shortstops behind Tim Anderson (16) and Dansby Swanson (12).
Brewers closer Corey Knebel set a modern major league record for relievers to start a season, as Thursday’s appearance marked his 38th consecutive appearance with a strikeout. He set down the side in order in the ninth inning, striking Josh Bell out to start the frame.
Aroldis Chapman held the record previously, recording a strikeout in his first 37 appearances of the season in 2014 with the Reds.
Knebel, 25, has flown under the radar despite having an incredibly good season. He moved into the closer’s role in mid-May when Neftali Feliz, now a free agent, struggled. After Thursday’s appearance, Knebel is 12-for-15 in save chances with a 0.96 ERA and a 65/17 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings.