Yonder Alonso’s strong showing offensively and poor showing defensively led to some speculation that the Reds might clear a spot for him in the lineup by trading reigning MVP Joey Votto, but general manager Walt Jocketty put an end to those rumors today.
“We haven’t talked about it,” Jocketty told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. “I wish that people would stop writing it. Why would we trade one of the best players in the game? We’re trying to win.”
And he’s right.
Alonso projects as a very good hitter and valuable all-around player, but Votto is one of the half-dozen best hitters in baseball, just turned 28 years old, and is signed through 2013. If the Reds don’t think Votto and Alonso can co-exist in the same lineup defensively then they should be looking to trade Alonso.
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas belted his 37th home run on Wednesday evening, setting a new club record for homers in a single season. Moustakas had been tied with Steve Balboni, who hit 36 home runs in 1985.
The home run came on a 2-0, 82 MPH slider from Blue Jays reliever Carlos Ramirez, boosting the Royals’ lead to 13-0 in the top of the sixth inning.
Moustakas, 29, entered the night batting .271/.313/.523 with 82 RBI and 71 runs scored in 560 plate appearances.
Red Sox starter Chris Sale recorded his 300th strikeout of the 2017 season on Wednesday night against the Orioles. The momentous occasion occurred with two outs in the eighth inning. Facing Ryan Flaherty, Sale threw a slider that caught the strike zone low and inside for called strike three.
Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strikeout 300-plus batters in a season in the last 15 years. Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson accomplished the feat in 2002, and Johnson also did it in 2001 and 2000. Pedro Martinez had been the only other Red Sox pitcher to have a 300-strikeout season.
Through eight scoreless innings, Sale limited the Orioles to four hits with no walks and 13 strikeouts. The Red Sox offense gave him plenty of run support. Mookie Betts and Devin Marrero each hit two-run home runs in the fourth. Hanley Ramirez added a two-run double in the sixth and Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run double of his own in the eighth to make it 8-0.