The Tim Tebow experiment is quickly turning into the Tim Tebow experience. The guy is absolutely on fire of late and, last night his baseball legend, such as it is, grew larger.
Tebow hit a solo walkoff homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to give his Class-A St. Lucie Mets a dramatic comeback victory over the Daytona Tortugas. (this was part of a doubleheader, so the game was only seven innings long per minor league rules). Watch:
The homer gave Tebow an 11-game hitting streak. He’s now batting .327 with three homers and 10 RBI in 16 games since being promoted to the Florida State League.
When this all started, everyone — myself included — assumed that Tebow would be overmatched in the minors. He’s had his ups and downs, of course, and his age likely still precludes him from being a legitimate prospect, but he has not been overmatched.
Most experts say that the biggest test of any minor leaguer is making the jump from A-ball to Double-A. It’ll be interesting to see if the Mets give Tebow that chance with a callup to Binghamton in the near future. Heck, it’ll be interesting to see if, given his performance and given the Mets’ disappointing season, he gets called up to New York when rosters expand in September.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.