Check out a double-dose of defensive excellence from Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. First, a diving stop which he somehow turns into a double play against Casey McGehee. Up next, he spins and fires to rob the speedy Gregor Blanco of a hit.
I’m not sure you’ll see a better play from a third baseman all year than the one against McGehee. Of course, I probably said the same thing when Arenado made this running catch against the Giants earlier this month. We’ll probably have a new contender soon. He’s simply a joy to watch.
Carlos Martinez likely wouldn’t have begun the year in the Cardinals’ starting rotation if Jamie Garcia made it out of spring training healthy. Funny how things work out sometimes.
Martinez tossed seven scoreless innings last night in a 3-0 victory over the scuffling Brewers. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed just four hits (three of them singles) and a pair of walks while striking out eight batters. As for the offense, Jhonny Peralta and Jason Heyward carried the load by each hitting their second home run of the season.
Through three starts and one relief appearance, Martinez now owns a 1.35 ERA and 21/7 K/BB ratio over 20 innings. We’ve long talked about his breakout potential, but this St. Louis rotation could be very scary if he’s finally putting it together.
The Cardinals have won three straight and now sit at 11-4 on the year while the Brewers have the worst record in the majors at 3-14.
Your Friday box scores:
Cardinals 3, Brewers 0
Red Sox 7, Orioles 5
Braves 0, Phillies 1
Mets 1, Yankees 6
Cubs 7, Reds 3 (11 innings)
Nationals 2, Marlins 3
Indians 13, Tigers 1
Blue Jays 3, Rays 12
Royals 2, White Sox 2 – game suspended in ninth inning, scheduled to resume Saturday
Giants 4, Rockies 6
Rangers 2, Angels 3
Astros 5, Athletics 4 (11 innings)
Pirates 4, Diamondbacks 1
Twins 0, Mariners 2
Dodgers 3, Padres 0
The future is now in Chicago. Just days after the Cubs promoted top prospect Kris Bryant, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the club will call up prospect infielder Addison Russell.
The 21-year-old Russell has mostly been a shortstop in the minors and it’s still considered his best position for the long-term, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that he’s being called up to play second base. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com wrote on Monday that he has been playing second base of late with Triple-A Iowa in case there was a need with the big club. Tommy La Stella is currently on the disabled list with an oblique strain and Jonathan Herrera and Arismendy Alcantara have struggled, so it’s worth a shot. Of course, the Cubs currently have Starlin Castro at shortstop.
Russell, who was acquired from the Athletics last July in the Jeff Samardzija deal, was batting .318 (14-for-44) with one home run and an .803 OPS across his first 11 games in Triple-A this season and owns a .300/.376/.519 batting line in the minors. Baseball America ranked him as the No. 3 prospect in the game earlier this year.
Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy landed on the disabled list after exiting his season debut on April 9 with a mild left hamstring strain, but Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that he’s on track to return Saturday against the Dodgers.
Kennedy threw 81 pitches over six innings today in an extended spring training game and Padres manager Bud Black said he “felt good” and “had no issues with the hamstring.” He’ll rejoin the team on Tuesday to be re-evaluated, but all signs point to him being activated for his next turn. Odrisamer Despaigne has been filling in, but he’ll presumably be moved back to the bullpen.
Kennedy, 30, is coming off a decent bounceback season where he posted a 3.63 ERA with a career-high 207 strikeouts over 201 innings.
Things are quickly going from bad to worse for the Brewers. Jonathan Lucroy had to exit tonight’s game against the Reds after taking a foul tip off his foot and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that he was diagnosed with a broken left toe.
No word on how long Lucroy will be sidelined, but this is brutal news for a team who currently has the worst record in the majors at 2-11 and is already missing star center fielder Carlos Gomez due to a hamstring injury.
The Brewers figure to rely on a combination Martin Maldonado and Juan Centeno behind the plate for now. That’s a big downgrade from Lucroy’s All-Star production.