The Philadelphia Phillies just announced that they have given manager Pete Mackanin a two-year contract extension. The deal covers this year and next, with the club holding an option for 2019.
This is more of an overlap to his existing deal than a full-blown extension. Last year he agreed to a deal that covered 2016-17 with a club option for 2018. Managers hate being lame ducks, however, and the industry standard has come to be not allowing a manager to be in his final guaranteed year for long, lest it be seen as a lack of confidence. The Phillies and Mackanin seem to be fully on the same page, however, so this move is not shocking.
Mackanin is in his third season as Phillies manager. He’s 121-161, having taken over the club as it fully committed to a major rebuild.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.
Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.
After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.
Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.
Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.
Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.