Carlos Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 14 games in the first inning Saturday and then just kept going, finishing 4-for-6 with two bunt singles and a pair of RBI in a 7-6 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.
Despite spending the first five days of August on the DL finishing his recovery from a wrist injury, Gonzalez is making a strong case for NL player of the month honors. He’s hit .393 with eight homers and 26 RBI during his hitting streak and .317 with nine homers and 30 RBI in 20 games for the month.
With his third-inning single Saturday, Gonzalez moved into the Rockies’ record book by driving in a run for the 11th straight game. The previous mark of 10 games in a row was set by Vinny Castilla in April 2004.
Gonzalez’s RBI streak is also the longest in the majors this season. The longest in the last five years was a 14-game streak by Florida’s Jorge Cantu that began on Sept. 29, 2009 and ran through April 15, 2010.
After letting rumors of the deal percolate for the last week, the Athletics officially announced their two-year, $11 million contract with right-hander Santiago Casilla on Friday (and threw a little bit of shade at the Giants, too). As previously reported, the contract includes an extra $3 million in performance bonuses.
Casilla, 36, got his major league start with Oakland back in 2004, racking up a 5.11 ERA and four saves over six seasons in the A’s bullpen. After picking up a minor league deal with the Giants in 2010, the righty flitted in and out of the closing role with varying degrees of success. Notwithstanding a slight downturn in his production rate during the 2016 season, he earned 123 saves and a 2.42 ERA during the past seven years in San Francisco. Securing another closing role might be a little tougher across the Bay, however, with a bullpen that includes fellow closers Ryan Madson, Ryan Dull and Sean Doolittle.
Why is this man smiling? Man, I wouldn’t be smiling if I read what I just read.
This is the week when ESPN’s Keith Law releases his prospect and farm system rankings. He kicks off his content this week with a top-to-bottom ranking of all 30 farm systems. As a rule he limits his analysis to players who are currently in the minors and who have not yet exhausted their rookie of the year eligibility.
For the second straight year, Law ranks the Braves as the best system in baseball. Number two — making a big leap from last year’s number 13 ranking – is the New York Yankees. Dead last: the Arizona Diamondbacks, which Law says “Dave Stewart ritually disemboweled” over the past two years. That’s gotta hurt.
If you want to know the reasons and the rankings of everyone in between you’ll have to get an ESPN Insider subscription. Sorry, I know everyone hates to pay for content on the Internet, but Keith and others who do this kind of work put a lot of damn work into it and this is what pays their bills. I typically don’t like to pay for content myself, but I do pay for an ESPN Insider subscription. It’s worth it for Law’s work alone.