The Cardinals picked up left-hander Sean Gilmartin on an outright waiver claim, the club announced Sunday. Gilmartin was designated for assignment by the Mets earlier on Sunday to clear roster space for Seth Lugo, who is scheduled to make his season debut after dealing with a protracted case of elbow inflammation. The 27-year-old lefty was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
Gilmartin pitched just 3 1/3 innings in relief for the Mets this season, issuing eight hits, five runs and four strikeouts over two appearances. Shoulder pain and control issues hampered his progress in Triple-A Las Vegas, too, chaining him to a less-than-ideal 7.05 ERA through his first 37 innings. He hasn’t seen anything close to a full workload in the majors since his rookie season with the Mets in 2015, when he posted a 2.67 ERA, 2.7 BB/9 and 10.9 SO/9 over 57 1/3 innings between the rotation and bullpen.
Despite his struggles, Gilmartin still profiles as a decent spot starter with and could give the Cardinals some left-handed depth in the minors. He’ll help fill out a pitching staff that already features fellow left-handers Marco Gonzales, Zach Phillips, Jordan Schafer and Ryan Sherriff.
Athletics president Dave Kaval is ready to take full advantage of the interleague series between the Giants and A’s this season. While the two teams customarily play a few preseason “Battle of the Bay” games each year, they’re also scheduled to meet each other six times during the regular season; once for a three-game set in San Francisco, then for a three-game set in Oakland. On Saturday, Kaval announced that any Giants fans looking to park at the Coliseum this year will be charged $50 instead of the standard, general admission $30 — an additional “rivalry fee” that can be easily waived by shouting, “Go A’s!” at the gate.
This isn’t the first time that a major-league team has tried to keep rival fans at bay, though Kaval doesn’t seem all that intent on actually driving fans away from the ballpark. Back in 2012, the Nationals staged a “Take Back the Park” campaign after people began complaining that Phillies fans were overtaking Nationals Park during rivalry games. They limited a single-series presale of Nats-Phillies tickets to buyers within Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia in hopes of filling the stands with a few more friendly faces. Washington COO Andy Feffer told the press that while he would treat all guests with “respect and courtesy,” he wanted Phillies fans to feel irked enough to pay attention to the Nationals. In the end, things went… well, a little south for all involved.
Whether the Giants are planning any retaliatory measures has yet to be seen, but it’s not as if this is going to be an enforceable rule. The real travesty here, if you’re an A’s fan or just pretending to be one, is that the parking fees have increased from $20 to $30 this season. Unless you’re a season ticket holder with a prepaid $10 parking permit, it’s far better to brave the crowds and take advantage of local public transportation. There are bound to be far fewer irate Giants fans on BART than at the gates — even if the gag only lasts a few days out of the year.