Veteran reliever Josh Roenicke has signed a minor-league deal with the Rockies, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.
Roenicke spent most of this season pitching at Triple-A for the Nationals, but was let go after posting a 5.49 ERA in 79 innings. However, most of that work came as a starter after being a full-time reliever for his entire career, so the poor performance should probably be taken with a grain of salt.
Roenicke has always thrown hard, but he’s never generated enough strikeouts to balance out his poor control. He’s got a lifetime 4.17 ERA in 220 innings as a major leaguer, but his most success came with the Rockies and they’ll give him another shot to work his way back into a middle relief role.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: