Now, to be clear, I think Papelbon is the better pitcher and the better bet to have a better 2012 season. But they’re not so different that it justifies a three-year $42 million difference in their contracts. Someone here is a sucker. Maybe Madson for not signing someplace earlier. Maybe the Phillies for totally misreading the closer market. Hard to say.
So you say. Here’s a poll. Vote early and often. Assuming the poll lets you. Not sure it does:
It was the first career postseason homer for Rasmus, whose only other postseason experience came in 2009 with St. Louis. He slugged 25 home runs during the 2015 regular season and will be looking to cash in as a free agent whenever the Astros’ postseason runs come to an end. A big October (and perhaps early November) would obviously help that.
Tanaka retired the next two batters after the Rasmus bomb, but he gave up a single and two walks to load the bases before eventually inducing an inning-ending fielder’s choice groundout from Jose Altuve. Tanaka’s shakiness extended into the third and fourth innings, with Carlos Gomez adding a solo shot to left field in the top of the fourth.