Yasiel Puig continued dominating National League pitching as he contributed four hits in his first four at-bats this afternoon, falling a home run short of the cycle. He had an opportunity to wrap it up in the bottom of the eighth, but struck out against Phillies reliever Justin De Fratus. Behind a strong start from Stephen Fife, the Dodgers handily defeated the Phillies in the finale of a four-game series in which, despite a historic 16-1 loss on Friday, they looked like the better team.
Puig bumped his slash line up to .436/.467/.713 through his first 26 games, making the debate about his All-Star candidacy all the more interesting. He’ll have two more weeks to pad his stats while fans will have two more weeks to run his campaign.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.
Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.
There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?
All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.
If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.