Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mariners are “amenable” to a multi-year deal for free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz.
It has seemed like only a matter of time before these crazy kids get together. Unlike a lot of other teams, the Mariners would only have to give up a third-round pick to get Cruz. And they could use the power. It’ll be interesting to see how much less than the qualifying offer he receives on a per annum basis, but given his skill set — some pop, bad defense and not much else — just staying employed for multiple years may be preferable to a big salary. It’s just tough out there for a DH-type.
Perhaps there are a few who still miss the slope of Tal’s Hill rising from center field, but George Springer isn’t one of them. He lassoed a 403-foot fly ball from Todd Frazier in the seventh inning of Game 6, reaching nearly to the top of the wall to prevent the Yankees from gaining on the Astros’ 3-0 lead.
According to Statcast, a fly ball with an exit velocity of 103.6 MPH and a launch angle of 29 degrees lands for a home run 72% of the time. That wasn’t going to fly with the Astros, who were facing runners on first and second with one out and saw Justin Verlander‘s pitch count rapidly approaching 100.
It wasn’t long before the Yankees tried for another home run, however, and this one sailed far above the heads of all of the Astros’ outfielders. Aaron Judge lofted a 425-foot shot to left field in the eighth inning, destroying a first-pitch fastball from Brad Peacock and finally getting New York on the board.
The Yankees currently trail the Astros 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth.