In addition to having the highest average fastball velocity of any starting pitcher last season, the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard now has another accomplishment under his belt: he successfully stole the Phillie Phanatic’s ATV.
While warming up prior to Monday night’s game at Citizens Bank Park, Curtis Granderson distracted the Phanatic as the two did some light stretching. Syndergaard creeped behind them and hopped into the ATV before speeding off towards center field. Realizing he had no escape, Syndergaard returned the ATV to the Phanatic in exchange for immunity.
The Astros announced on Monday that the club claimed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins.
Boshers, 29, had been designated for assignment by the Twins last week. Across parts of three seasons, the lefty compiled a 4.59 ERA with a 78/25 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings in the big leagues.
Boshers has handled left-handed hitters much better than right-handed hitters, holding them to a career .621 and .793 OPS, respectively. If he makes the 25-man roster out of spring training, the Astros may use him as a LOOGY — a left-handed one-out guy. As of right now, Tony Sipp is the only lefty in the ‘pen.