Today Michael Baumann of Grantland takes an enjoyable look at Evan Gattis. Specifically, at the weirdest thing about his 2015 season. He’s a triples machine:
So it’s become a source of great joy that on a team with quite a few guys who can both hit and run — Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, Carlos Gomez, Colby Rasmus, and the now-injured George Springer — Gattis leads the Astros in triples, with nine. In fact, he has more triples than the rest of the Astros combined. He’s tied for the second-most triples in baseball.
Along the way Baumann ranks Gattis’ nine triples and says an awful lot of funny things about Gattis. Such as the fact that “He has a beard not because it’s cool, but because men like him have beards the way most of us have a liver or kidneys — as a necessary life function.”
CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that the Astros are the latest team to have shown interest in Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. They’re the sixth team with reported interest in the veteran, joining the Cubs, Angels, Giants, Yankees, and Dodgers. With All-Star Jose Altuve at second base, Utley would likely split time at first base and DH if he were to become an Astro.
Entering Friday night’s action, Utley was hitting .412 (7-for-17) with three doubles since returning from the disabled list on August 7. As of this writing, he is 3-for-4 with a double and two singles against the Brewers. He had been out since June 23 due to a right ankle injury. Upon hitting the disabled list, Utley carried a poor .179/.257/.275 batting line. During his DL stint, he said he found a flaw in his swing caused by the ankle injury, which he corrected.
Utley, 36, is owed the remainder of his $10 million salary for the 2015 season. He has an option for the 2016 season that is all but assured not to vest, so the odds are on him becoming a free agent after the season. Utley is reportedly seeking an assurance of playing time to waive his no-trade clause per his 10-and-5 rights.
Watch this play Jose Altuve made Wednesday to rob the Angels’ C.J. Cron of a base hit …
Houston defeated Anaheim 6-3 to jump back into first place in the American League West.