Twins center fielder Byron Buxton put a stop to the Astros’ ninth-inning rally Saturday night at Minute Maid Park with a lightning-quick reaction on a two-out, bases-loaded line drive off the bat of Jose Altuve. If the ball drops in front of Buxton, the Astros at least tie the game. If the ball gets past Buxton, it’s a walkoff win for Houston. Altuve hit a scorcher to center and Buxton had very little time to react.
MLB.com’s Statcast gives us a breakdown of the 21-year-old top prospect’s first step, top speed, total ground covered, and route efficiency on the sweet game-ending snag …
Minnesota is currently 1 1/2 games back of the second American League Wild Card spot.
Giancarlo Stanton admitted to feeling less than 100 percent after his minor league rehab debut Tuesday with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads and he was unable to rejoin the Marlins’ active roster this weekend like he had hoped. Now it might be time to rule out a return altogether.
Via beat writer Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald …
Stanton suffered a broken hamate bone when he was hit in the left hand by a pitch on June 26. There’s really no reason for the 56-80 Marlins to rush him back.
Cubs rookie slugger Kyle Schwarber hasn’t appeared in a game since Tuesday due to what’s being called a mild rib cage strain. He told reporters Friday that his goal is to be ready for the start of a big three-game series against the Cardinals that will kick off Monday afternoon in St. Louis, but it doesn’t sound like that’s going to happen.
“I would say probably not, but I don’t know that,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told Paul Sullivan at the Chicago Tribune on Saturday. “Nothing would surprise me, but mentally, preparation-wise, I would prepare to not have him available.”
One swing could easily aggravate the rib cage strain and the Cubs want to be sure Schwarber is 100 percent healthy leading into the postseason. It’s not like they have a shot at catching the Cardinals in the divisional race anyway.
Schwarber, 22, boasts a .917 OPS, 13 home runs, and 38 RBI over his first 48 major league games.