I know Monday is usually an “And That Happened” day, but it’s also Memorial Day and, based on my reading of the traffic stats from the past couple of big no-work holidays, most of you have other things you’d rather do than read blog posts at 6:30 in the morning. So let us just get to the scores and give those of you who don’t have other things you’d rather do get right to the comments section in which you lament/cheer your team in far more detailed terms than I do up here. Cool? Cool.
Dodgers 6, Phillies 0: OK, I will chime in for this one, if for no other reason than to tip my cap at Josh Beckett for one of the rarest accomplishments in all of baseball: making a Josh Beckett-pitched game last only two hours and thirty-seven minutes. I mean, heck, there are a couple three no-hitters every year. The real rarity here is a Beckett game not dragging on to the 3:40 mark or longer.
Brewers 7, Marlins 1
Blue Jays 3, Athletics 1
Diamondbacks 2, Mets 1; Mets 4, Diamondbacks 2
Rangers 12, Tigers 4
Orioles 4, Indians 2
Nationals 5, Pirates 2
Rays 8, Red Sox 5
Giants 8, Twins 1
Yankees 7, White Sox 1
Padres 4, Cubs 3
Angels 4, Royals 3
Astros 4, Mariners 1
Braves 7, Rockies 0
Cardinals 4, Reds 0
Long-time rotation mainstay Tom Koehler was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Monday and reliever Hunter Cervenka was recalled, the Marlins announced.
Koehler, 31, made 131 starts out of the Marlins’ rotation over the last five years, but his 12 this season have not been good, so the club hopes he can figure things out with a stint in the minors. He’s carrying a 7.92 ERA with a 44/29 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. Koehler battled bursitis in his right shoulder in May and June, which may partially explain his struggles.
Cervenka, 27, posted a 4.50 ERA with a 34/21 K/BB ratio in 34 innings of relief with New Orleans. He hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season, but compiled a 3.53 ERA over 43 1/3 innings in the bigs last year in the Marlins’ bullpen.
At the trade deadline, relief pitching is the name of the game and one of the names clearly available is Pat Neshek. Today Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Nationals, Dodgers, and Red Sox are among the clubs who are closely scouting the Phillies reliever. Last week Ken Rosenthal reported that the Brewers and Rays were involved as well.
Neshek is an impending free agent, so he may come cheaper than Justin Wilson or some of the other bullpen arms available right now. The All-Star is 36 and is posting a fantastic season, featuring a 1.12 ERA and 45/5 K/BB ratio over 40.1 innings this season.