Reds outfielder Jay Bruce hasn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, had a bad season. He has swatted 26 home runs and driven in 84 runs with a .748 OPS while playing above-average defense in the outfield. But they’re not up to the slugger’s usual standard and serve as a milquetoast follow-up to his abysmal 2014.
Bruce called his 2015 season an embarrassment, as Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News reports. Bruce elaborated:
“I am embarrassed, I am. I really am,” he said. “There are a lot of different ways to be good and driving in runs is good. But I should have 100 RBI, easily, every year. I should hit 30 home runs, hit 40 doubles and I should hit for a respectable average. And I’m not doing it.”
Bruce is, entering Friday night’s action, seven doubles, four homers, and 16 RBI off his goal with 10 games remaining in the regular season. The 28-year-old is likely being a little too critical of himself, but one would be hard-pressed to find a major leaguer who is 100 percent satisfied with his stats.
Update (8:49 PM EDT): Martinez left his start with tightness in his right shoulder, MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports. He’ll be reevaluated on Saturday.
Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez exited Friday’s start against the Brewers after only seven pitches with an apparent injury, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. He walked off with a trainer and was visibly emotional in exiting. Tyler Lyons took the mound in relief.
We’ll know more about the type of injury Martinez suffered shortly and will pass it along here as soon as possible. Losing Martinez to an injury so close to the beginning of the playoffs would be a big blow to the Cardinals.
Martinez, 24, entered Friday’s start with a 3.01 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, and a 184/63 K/BB ratio over 179 1/3 innings.
Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr hit a ball about 200 feet but it turned into an inside-the-park grand slam against Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals on Friday evening. The Phillies loaded the bases on a walk by Brian Bogusevic, a single by Cameron Rupp, and a bunt single by Jerad Eickhoff. After Freddy Galvis popped out to center field, Altherr stepped to the plate.
Altherr hit a sinking liner right in front of center fielder Michael Taylor, who dove for it but cleanly missed it. The ball skipped towards the fence. Not only did all three runners on base score, but Altherr scored as well without a throw. As FOX Sports on Twitter notes, it’s the first inside-the-park grand slam since Randy Winn in 1999 against the Yankees as a member of the Devil Rays.
Altherr tacked on an outside-the-park solo home run in the fifth inning to boost the Phillies’ lead to 5-1. The outfielder, on the season, is hitting .238/.322/.514 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 121 plate appearances.
ESPN Stats & Info, citing the Elias Sports Bureau, notes that Altherr is the first to have an inside-the-park grand slam and an outside-the-park home run in the same game since 1987.
Indians pitcher Gavin Floyd has expressed interest in re-signing with the Indians, Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports. Floyd missed most of the season after re-fracturing his olecranon bone, which required surgery in March. The Indians had signed him to a one-year, $4 million deal in December.
Floyd made his season debut on September 2 out of the bullpen and has, to date, made six appearances. The right-hander has allowed three runs on nine hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
Floyd seems to have had a good time in Cleveland. From Hoynes’ article:
“Despite the circumstances of not being able to play, I loved getting to know the guys and the city,” said Floyd. “Everything was a blessing for sure, despite the circumstance. I’d definitely be interested (in resigning) for sure.”
Despite pitching out of the bullpen in the season’s final month, Floyd said he still sees himself as a starter.
Zack Greinke will throw a bullpen session on Friday. Assuming all goes well, the right-hander will be on track to start on Monday in San Francisco against the Giants, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. He would also make one more start before the end of the regular season, at home against the Padres.
Greinke has missed what would have amounted to two starts due to a sore calf. He remains the favorite for the National League Cy Young Award, though Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta has closed some serious distance. Greinke leads the majors with a 1.65 ERA, an .857 winning percentage (18-3), and a 0.848 WHIP. He also has a sterling 185/36 K/BB ratio over 207 2/3 innings.