Mariners first baseman Danny Valencia entered Sunday’s game against the Rays with a hit in each of his previous seven plate appearances. He went 4-for-4 on Saturday with four singles. On Friday, he walked, hit a three-run home run, doubled, and hit an RBI single.
Valencia made it to nine consecutive plate appearances with a hit, as he singled in his first two trips to the plate on Sunday. He tied the Mariners’ record, joining Raul Ibanez. Valencia couldn’t make it to double-digits as he popped out in his next attempt.
Valencia, 32, came into play Sunday batting a productive .276/.338/.431 with five home runs and 26 RBI in 201 plate appearances this season. The Mariners acquired him from the Athletics early in the offseason. It’s worked out well for the Mariners and for Valencia, who’s a free agent after the season.
Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Padres pitcher Carter Capps will undergo surgery this offseason to address thoracic outlet syndrome, which doctors believe caused the right-hander’s blood clots. The Padres hope to have him ready by spring training next year.
Capps, 27, underwent Tommy John surgery last year and didn’t debut this season until August 7. He made 11 relief appearances, yielding nine runs on 12 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. He went back on the DL on September 12 due to the blood clot issue.
The Padres acquired Capps from the Marlins last July in the Andrew Cashner trade which ended up having a lot of moving parts. Capps will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility this offseason. It’s quite possible the Padres choose to non-tender him.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo is considering pushing Zack Greinke‘s next start to this weekend in order to line him up to start the National League Wild Card game on normal rest, Nick Piecoro reports. The D-Backs open up their final series of the season, a three-game set, on Friday against the Royals in Kansas City. Greinke is currently on track to start Wednesday against the Giants and the team has an off day on Thursday.
Robbie Ray has been the Diamondbacks’ best pitcher by several measures, including ERA (2.95) and K/9 (12.3), but Greinke has been quite good himself (3.18) and has nine postseason starts under his belt in his career. He’s acclimated to postseason pressure. The D-Backs also signed Greinke to a $206.5 million contract two years ago, which is likely a factor.
The D-Backs are still waiting to find out which opponent will fly to Arizona for the Wild Card game on October 4. Currently, the Rockies hold a two-game lead over the Brewers and lead the Cardinals by 2.5 games.