Astros sign Mets castoff Kyle Farnsworth

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Released by the Mets earlier this week, veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth has found a new home with the Astros.

Farnsworth was pretty upset with the Mets at the time of the release and talked about wanting to “find a team where I can play against this one.”

Houston is in the AL, but the Astros’ final series of the season–September 26-28–is actually against the Mets, in New York. So Farnsworth would get a chance to pitch against the team that cut him loose, assuming he can find a way not to get released by the Astros before then.

Farnsworth actually pitched relatively well for the Mets with a 3.18 ERA in 17 innings, although his 10/6 K/BB ratio was unimpressive and his average fastball velocity was down to 92.0 miles per hour compared to his peak levels of 94-96 mph.

Chad Qualls was recently promoted to the full-time closer role by the Astros, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Farnsworth get some save chances at some point.

Masahiro Tanaka throws a Maddux

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You do know what a Maddux is, right? In case you forgot, it’s a complete game shutout in which the starter throws fewer than 100 pitches. Friend of HBT Jason Lukehart invented that little metric and, because Greg Maddux is my favorite player ever, it’s pretty much my favorite stat ever.

In the Yankees-Red Sox game tonight it was Masahiro Tanaka doing the honors, tossing 97-pitch three-hitter in which he only allowed one runner to reach second base to beat Boston 3-0. He only struck out three but he didn’t walk anyone. He retired the last 14 batters he faced.

Chris Sale was no slouch himself, striking out ten in eight innings. He’s pitched great this year but he’s not getting any help. The Sox have only scored four runs in his five starts. Boston has scored only 13 runs in their¬†last seven games. They’ve been shut out three times in the past seven. They scored more runs than anyone last year, by the way.

The game only took two hours and twenty-one minutes. Or, like, half the time of a Yankees-Red Sox game in the early 2000s. Progress, people. We’re making progress.

Shelby Miller has a tear in his UCL, considering Tommy John surgery

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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and is considering undergoing Tommy John surgery. Surgery would end Miller’s 2017 season and would cut into a significant portion — if not all — of his 2018 season as well.

Miller sent his MRI results to Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. James Andrews for second and third opinions, respectively. He could choose to rehab his elbow rather than undergo surgery, but that comes with its own set of positives and negatives.

Miller lasted only four-plus innings in his most recent start on Sunday and carries a 4.09 ERA on the season, his second with the Diamondbacks. His time in Arizona has not gone well.