I’m watching the Rays-Blue Jays game and just saw Jose Molina drive a ball over B.J. Upton’s head in center field for his first triple since May 9, 2004.
Molina, who was literally still panting heavily and wiping sweat from his face when he took the field defensively for the next half-inning, went 1,582 plate appearances between triples.
During his triple-less streak Jose Reyes hit 95 triples and Carl Crawford hit 90 triples. In total, 235 different players had at least 10 triples in between Molina three-baggers.
And now the Molina family triples leaderboard looks like this:
Bengie: 6 triples, 5,159 plate appearances
Yadier: 3 triples, 3,338 plate appearances
Jose: 3 triples, 1,903 plate appearances
Together the family of speedsters have 12 triples in 10,400 career plate appearances. Reyes has 16 triples in 452 plate appearances this season.
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.