Zack Greinke picked up the victory last night in Game 1 of the NLCS and in doing so became the first pitcher in more than a decade to be credited with a “win” in the postseason while allowing six or more runs.
Orlando Hernandez of the Yankees was the last pitcher to receive the long leash and run support to make that possible, beating the Mariners in Game 6 of the ALCS in 2000 despite coughing up six runs in seven innings.
And besides Greinke and Orlando Hernandez the only other pitcher to accomplish that feat since 1980 is Livan Hernandez in 1997, when he tossed eight innings of six-run ball for the Marlins in Game 5 of the World Series against the Indians.
So in the past 30 years the only three pitchers to get a playoff victory while giving up at least six runs are Greinke and the Hernandez brothers. Obviously those three guys just know how to win.
In a column published on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the Padres are “aggressively shopping” third baseman Yangervis Solarte. The 29-year-old is entering his first of three years of arbitration eligibility and is projected to earn $2.7 million next season.
This past season, Solarte hit a solid .286/.341/.467 with 15 home runs and 71 RBI in 443 plate appearances. It’s quite impressive factoring in that he plays in the pitcher-friendly Petco Park.
Given that Solarte is team-controlled for three more years and he offers lots of versatility with previous experience playing first and second base as well as corner outfield, the Padres should receive a fair amount of interest.
Update (6:52 PM EST): The deal is expected to be one year for $13 million, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports confirms the report.
The Yankees are close to signing veteran free agent Matt Holliday, WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reports.
Holliday, who turns 37 years old next month, was limited to 110 games in 2016 with the Cardinals due to a fractured left thumb suffered in the second half. He finished the season hitting .246/.322/.461 with 20 home runs and 62 RBI in 426 plate appearances.
Holliday is likely looking at spending the majority of his time in the DH role. Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, and Brian McCann handled the DH role for a majority of the time last season but all three have moved on — Rodriguez was released in the second half, Beltran just signed with the Astros, and McCann was traded to the Astros last month.