Huston Street has been plenty effective overall this season, converting 28 of 31 save chances with a 3.75 ERA and 46/7 K/BB ratio in 48 innings for the Rockies despite calling Coors Field home, but he’s on an historic pace for serving up homers.
Street’s third blown save came last night when he allowed a two-run homer to Phillies pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr., which is the 10th long ball he’s given up through the Rockies’ first 109 games.
That puts Street on pace to allow a total of 15 homers on the season, which would be the most in baseball history for any pitcher with at least 25 saves. For now Dave Holland in 1984, Jeff Reardon in 1987, and Dave Veres in 1999 are tied for the record with 14 homers apiece, but they saved 29, 31, and 31 games respectively.
So not only is Street on pace to break their record for homers allowed by a closer, he’s also on pace to save 42 games. The most homers ever allowed by a pitcher with 40 or more saves? Danny Graves in 2004 and Armando Benitez in 2001 with 12 each.
Good luck breaking the record, Huston!
Yasiel Puig made a public appearance today. He was a guest barista at a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Los Angeles as part of a charity . . . thing. I dunno. I just hope that, after finishing the foam on someone’s latte he airmailed it past his fellow barista at the counter and got it to the customer on the fly 300 feet away, after which he flipped the espresso machine. Gotta stay on-brand.
After that he talked about baseball. Puig, who was demoted last season and then brought back up in a part-time role, said that it’s his goal to be a starter again, if not in Los Angeles than someplace else. As for the someplace else, the Dodgers explored a Puig trade last season and it was thought they’d try again this offseason, but it’s been all quiet on that front.
What is Puig, for his part, doing to become a starter again? Getting in shape. From MLB.com:
Puig has been working out at Dodger Stadium the last two weeks. He is conditioning his leaner body to avoid injuries that have plagued him and working with batting coaches in search of regaining the impact bat that once had him on the verge of superstardom . . . The 6-foot-2 Puig, who last year was listed at 240 pounds, now has a personal chef to prepare healthier foods.
A leaner Puig. That’ll certainly be a game-changer, right?
Yet as a new season dawns, the team still hopes he can recapture the form he displayed as a rookie in 2013. The organization asked Puig to slim down and focus on durability rather than musculature. Friedman sounded pleased with the result. Puig had suggested he weighed about 240 pounds, down 15 from his listed weight in 2015.
Oops. That was from January 30, 2016.
If he keeps getting leaner each offseason eventually he’ll just disappear, right?
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.