Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays starter Drew Smyly will be activated from the disabled list and rejoin the rotation on Sunday in Texas against the Rangers.
Smyly has been out since early May due to a partial labrum tear in his left shoulder. Though the results weren’t pretty, he was able to get through four minor league rehab starts without issue.
Smyly, 26, came to the Rays at the trade deadline last year in the three-way David Price trade that involved the Tigers and the Mariners. In 10 starts for the Rays, the lefty has a 1.96 ERA with a 65/14 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings.
Outfielder Carlos Beltran saved the Yankees from ignominy on Friday night, slugging a pinch-hit, go-ahead, three-run home run in the eighth inning against reliever Aaron Sanchez in a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. Chase Headley had knocked in the Yankees’ first run of the game against starter David Price with a ground-rule double earlier that inning, marking the first time the Yankees had scored against the Blue Jays since the second inning on August 7, the first game of a three-game series. The Blue Jays had held them scoreless for 33 consecutive innings before Headley’s double.
The Blue Jays’ 11-game winning streak also ended on Friday night. Since shortstop Troy Tulowitzki’s first game with the Blue Jays on July 29, the club had won 14 of 15 games. They went from 51-51 in third place and seven games out of first place to 64-52, leading the AL East by half a game over the Yankees entering Friday’s action. They’re now a half-game behind the Yankees.
Katie Sharp of River Ave Blues provided some interesting trivia from the game. Beltran’s pinch-hit homer was the second of his career, with the other occuring on May 18, 2003 against the Blue Jays. Beltran became the first Yankee with a go-ahead home run when trailing in the eighth inning or later on the road since Don Mattingly on July 24, 1994 against the then-California Angels.
Your Friday box scores and recaps:
Cubs 6, White Sox 5
Athletics 6, Orioles 8 (13 innings)
Pirates 3, Mets 2 (10 innings)
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3
Diamondbacks 2, Braves 3
Mariners 1, Red Sox 15
Phillies 1, Brewers 3
Rays 3, Rangers 5
Marlins 1, Cardinals 3
Angels 1, Royals 4
Padres 9, Rockies 5
Indians 6, Twins 1
Tigers 1, Astros 5
Reds 3, Dodgers 5
Nationals 5, Giants 8
Joba Chamberlain, who signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays after being released by the Tigers last month, has now been released from the Triple-A team by Toronto.
Chamberlain was awful at Triple-A, allowing 10 runs in five innings, and had an opt-out clause in his contract.
He was actually a decent middle reliever for the Tigers, posting a 3.71 ERA and 74/29 K/BB ratio in 85 innings in 2014 and 2015, but “decent middle reliever” when viewed through the prism of his sky-high expectations as a Yankees prospect is why Chamberlain seems to get a lot more criticism than most pitchers with his ERA.
He’ll latch on somewhere else as a potential setup man, although perhaps not until the offseason.
MLB’s Statcast is pretty cool. Tracking technology, basically, that gathers and displays stats for aspects of the game that had previously gone unmeasured. Or at least unmeasured on a consistent and comprehensive basis. Statcast collects the data using high-resolution cameras along and radar equipment and tracks the location and movements of the ball and every player on the field at any given time.
One of the most relatable and familiar stats compiled is pitch velocity. We’ve know how fast guys throw for decades thanks to radar, but now it’s all being complied in a more orderly fashion than it had previously. So we have a leader board now, kept by the good folks at MLB.com. Here are the names of the pitchers with the current fastest pitches in the game:
Oh, sorry. Chapman skews it a bit. Let’s give the next couple of dozen:
Hmm. This is sort of a problem. Luckily, MLB has solved it with a little filter on the leader board:
Maybe that’s been there since they launched the thing, but I don’t spend a lot of time on Statcast leaderboards so it was just brought to my attention today. If you press that button you get Bruce Rondon and Ken Giles as your leaders, each with a single pitch of 101.7 m.p.h.
Which is good, I guess, if you’re not Aroldis Chapman. For him that’s a day when he’s suffering from flu-like symptoms, I imagine.