The Mets will enter play this evening with a major-league worst 5.00 ERA out of their bullpen, but as long as they hang around in the playoff race, we should probably get used to them being connected to every relief pitcher on the market.
According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets recently called the Padres to inquire about closer Huston Street. With the Padres sitting in last place in the National League West, Street is a logical candidate to be moved in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
New York would be an interesting destination for Street, as he previously called current Mets bench coach and former Athletics manager Bob Geren “my least favorite person I have ever encountered in sports from age 6 to 27.” But their history shouldn’t stand in the way of a potential deal.
Street, 28, has a 1.42 ERA and 24/6 K/BB ratio over 19 innings this season and is a perfect 11-for-11 in save opportunities. He is still owed roughly half of his $7.5 million salary for this season while his contract includes a $500,000 buyout on a $9 million mutual option for 2013.
There’s nothing to indicate that a deal is close and other names figure to come up in the days ahead, including Oakland’s Grant Balfour and Houston’s Brett Myers.
Angels DH Albert Pujols passed Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard, slugging his 584th career home run in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Blue Jays.
Mike Trout had already slugged a solo home run off of Jays starter Marco Estrada to bring Pujols to the dish. Pujols jumped on an 0-1 cut fastball, sending it out to left-center field, clearing the fence by a few feet.
Pujols, who finished 4-for-4 with the homer and an RBI double, is batting .257/.321/.441 with 24 home runs and 99 RBI on the year. His next target on the home run leaderboard is Frank Robinson at 586.
Orioles closer Zach Britton had appeared in a major league record 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run, spanning May 5 to August 22. That streak came to an end on Wednesday evening against the Nationals.
The Orioles entered the bottom of the ninth inning holding a 10-3 lead, but reliever Parker Bridwell immediately found himself in hot water. He yielded back-to-back singles to Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson. He was able to strike out Trea Turner, but walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Daniel Murphy then crushed his first career grand slam to make it a 10-7 game. That prompted manager Buck Showalter to bring in Britton.
Britton, too, was knocked around. He served up a single to Bryce Harper, followed by a double to Anthony Rendon that scored Harper, pushing the score to 10-8 and ending Britton’s streak. Wilson Ramos reached on a fielder’s choice back to Britton, but the lefty finally finished the game by getting Ryan Zimmerman to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Britton now holds a nice 0.69 ERA with 38 saves and a 61/16 K/BB ratio in 52 innings of work this season.