Last night’s loss dropped the Indians to 54-54, which means the Tigers are the only team in the AL Central above .500 at 59-51.
Even the Tigers’ division-leading record would put them in second place in the NL Central and third place in every other division.
And that might actually be a stretch, since Detroit gets to beat up on other AL Central teams thanks to the unbalanced schedule and is just 36-38 versus teams not in baseball’s worst division.
All five AL Central teams have been out-scored by their opponents this season and collectively the division has a 263-284 (.481) record with a -177 run differential. Yuck.
This is just . . . ugh.
WSVN-TV in Miami reports that a black bag containing Jose Fernandez’s checkbook and four baseballs signed by him washed ashore on Miami Beach. Probably a bag to keep stuff dry while out on the water.
The bag was given to a lifeguard. Hopefully the bag finds its way back to Fernandez’s family quickly.
The Miami Herald reports that the Marlins and Martin Prado have agreed to a three-year, $40 million contracy extension.
Prado has been highly effective for Miami, hitting .297/.350/.405 over two seasons The Marlins were eager to keep him and many teams were no doubt interested in trying to sign him this winter as he stood pretty darn tall on a pretty weak free agent market. He may very well have done better than the $40 million he’s getting, but a qualifying offer could’ve made the free agency process a bit more drawn out one than he would’ve preferred. And, of course, he seems very happy in Miami, as evidenced by his increasing role as a team leader with the Marlins.
For his career Prado has hit .293/.342/.423 over 11 seasons. He’ll now be locked up through his age-35 campaign.