ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Wednesday that the Giants are “blanketing” the reliever market. He adds that the club has a scout in Philadelphia, looking at relievers Jeanmar Gomez and David Hernandez.
Gomez, 28, has done a great job as the Phillies’ closer. He has 25 saves in 28 opportunities with a 2.82 ERA and a 29/11 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings. The Giants’ scout, however, likely saw Gomez blow a 2-0 lead on Monday night. The right-hander is earning $1.4 million this season and will be eligible for arbitration for the third and final time after the season.
Hernandez, 31, has been inconsistent, posting a 4.43 ERA with a 56/20 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings. He’s earning $3.9 million and will be eligible for free agency after the season.
Crasnick adds that the Giants are also scouting the Brewers’ Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress, and are lingering on the Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller.
We have tons of afternoon baseball to keep you occupied in the waning hours of your work day. Seven games remain for the evening.
Lefty Drew Pomeranz will make his Red Sox debut against the Giants at Fenway Park in a 7:10 PM EDT start. The Sox acquired Pomeranz from the Padres last week for minor league pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza. Baseball America recently rated Espinoza the fourth-best prospect in Boston’s minor league system, so it’s a good get for the Padres.
Pomeranz has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season, leaving San Diego with a 2.47 ERA and a 115/41 K/BB ratio in 102 innings. He earned his first career All-Star nomination as a reuslt. While it’s true he pitched half his games in the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, Pomeranz actually pitched better on the road.
- Home: 47 2/3 innings, 2.64 ERA, 54 strikeouts, 17 walks, 1.112 WHIP
- Away: 54 1/3 innings, 2.32 ERA, 61 strikeouts, 24 walks, 1.012 WHIP
Moving to Fenway Park may not be as much of a damper on his numbers as some would think. He’ll get his first shot tonight against the first-place Giants.
The rest of Wednesday evening’s action…
Baltimore Orioles (Yovani Gallardo) @ New York Yankees (Michael Pineda), 7:05 PM EDT
Los Angeles Dodgers (Bud Norris) @ Washington Nationals (Gio Gonzalez), 7:05 PM EDT
Miami Marlins (Wei-Yin Chen) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Jeremy Hellickson), 7:05 PM EDT
Milwaukee Brewers (Chase Anderson) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Jeff Locke), 7:05 PM EDT
San Diego Padres (Paul Clemens) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Jaime Garcia), 8:15 PM EDT [Game Two]
Texas Rangers (Martin Perez) @ Los Angeles Angels (Hector Santiago), 10:05 PM EDT
Josh Harrison may not be playing at the All-Star-caliber level he played at in 2014, but he can still be plenty exciting at times. He showed that on Tuesday night, when he helped the Pirates walk off 3-2 winners against the Brewers.
Harrison drilled a 0-1 fastball from Tyler Thornburg to right-center field. Center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis tracked it down but couldn’t corral it. Harrison raced for third base as the relay throw came in to second baseman Scooter Gennett. Gennett fired to third baseman Hernan Perez, but the throw skipped away, leaving the field of play. Harrison was awarded home plate, with the official scoring being a triple and a one-base error. In colloquial parlance, that’s a Little League home run.
The triple was Harrison’s only hit in four at-bats on the evening. He’s batting .270/.299/.373 with 22 extra-base hits, 41 RBI, 35 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 339 plate appearances.