Milwaukee’s Francisco Rodriguez took to twitter after giving up four runs in two-thirds of an inning and taking a blown save and a loss Monday against the Phillies.
This one was ugly, but it was K-Rod’s first blown save in three tries since he replaced John Axford in the closer’s role for the Brewers. It will be interesting to see what manager Ron Roenicke does next. Axford has thrown 2 1/3 scoreless innings in four appearances since being demoted and might be ready for another crack at the job. Still, given Rodriguez’s track record, it wouldn’t be fair to let one bad outing cost him his job. Axford had six blown saves and six losses before he was pulled.
Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.
Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.
The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.
A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.
Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.
Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.