As if giving up four runs and taking the loss in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Cardinals last night wasn’t bad enough, Nationals closer Drew Storen was faced with this after the game:
Via Chase Hughes of NatsInsider.com, Storen summed it up pretty well in his post-game comments. “It’s part of the job. It’s the best job when you’re good at it and it’s the worst job when you fail.”
The Texas Rangers claimed first baseman Tommy Joseph off waivers from the Phillies. Philadelphia designated Joseph for assignment last week to make room for Jake Arrieta.
Joseph hit 22 home runs and knocked in 69 in 142 games last season, but he did not get on base — or hit for power, for that matter — at the clip a first baseman needs to in order to be an asset, posting a line of .240/.289/.432. He had a better 2016, so it’s not that he’s without promise, but the Phillies have obviously decided to head in a different direction.
Joseph doesn’t really have a spot in Texas either with Joey Gallo handling first base and Shin-Soo Choo at DH, but he has an option left and could serve as depth for the Rangers, plying his trade at Round Rock until he’s needed.