Last week there was speculation that the Mets would call up top prospect Zack Wheeler to make his big-league debut this Friday, but apparently his arrival will wait a few extra days.
Nothing official yet, but general manager Sandy Alderson all but confirmed during a radio interview with WFAN in New York that Wheeler is scheduled to make his debut on June 18, which would be next Tuesday against the Braves in Atlanta.
Wheeler, who was acquired from the Giants for Carlos Beltran and rated 11th on Baseball America‘s annual prospect list, has a 4.14 ERA and 66/25 K/BB ratio in 63 innings at Triple-A. Those numbers don’t look great at first glance, but the Pacific Coast League and specifically Las Vegas are extremely hitter-friendly environments. The PCL has a 4.52 ERA as a league and Las Vegas has a 4.90 team ERA.
Major League Baseball and Fox won’t openly root for any specific team to make the World Series. But you can bet they’re pretty happy with the Cubs making it thanks to the ratings they’re delivering.
The Indians win over the Chicago in Game 1 last night drew a 12.6 overnight rating. That means, on average, 12.6 percent of the TVs in the largest 56 markets were tuned in to the game. That’s the best World Series first game rating since 2009 when the Phillies-Yankees game drew a 13.8 overnight rating. Last night’s rating was up 20% from last year’s 10.5 between the Royals-Mets and up 58% from the Giants-Royals in 2014.
Now the rooting, however quiet it may be, will continue: for the Cubs to make a series out of this so as to keep the magic numbers coming.
Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine has been hired as the Twins’ next General Manager. It has not been made official, but multiple outlets are reporting the hire. Levine will join Derek Falvey, who was named the Twins’ new president of baseball operations last month.
Levine has been the Rangers assistant GM since the 2005 season, working as GM Jon Daniels’ second in command. He’ll still be second in command in Minnesota, but with an elevated title as is the style of the day. He previously worked with the Rockies. He has, according to various reports, been conversant in statistical analysis as well as traditional scouting and player development. As is also the style of the day.