It probably won’t get much attention because it’s kind of an odd record, but Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit just set a new MLB all-time mark by retiring 46 consecutive batters.
There was no perfect game involved and in fact the 46 batters stretched over the course of eight appearances. Mark Buehrle held the previous record of 45 back in 2009.
And here’s the funny part: After setting the record Petit allowed a double to the next batter, who was Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles. So, set down 46 straight hitters and then give up a double to a pitcher. Makes sense.
Petit also came up one out short of a perfect game last September against the Diamondbacks, so he’s had some remarkable stretches for a 29-year-old journeyman with fewer than 400 career innings in the big leagues.
Petit was once a top prospect with the Mets and posted incredible numbers in the minors, but his high-80s fastball always made people skeptical and he struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark early in his career. Since joining the Giants last season Petit has a sub-3.50 ERA in nearly 140 innings, with great secondary numbers.
Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.
Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.
The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.
A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.
Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.
Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.