Jaramillo to the Cubs?

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Jon Heyman tweets and then reports that the Cubs are talking to the former Rangers’ hitting coach and that “he’s likely to take the gig.” His salary would be $750,000, which would be a $150,000 raise.  Not a bad deal for a guy whose old employer didn’t want him.

From what I’ve heard from my friends in Chicago, Cubs fans would be quite pleased if this comes to pass.  But they would be remiss if they didn’t read Aaron’s take on this yesterday.

Were Jaramillo’s young charges in Texas good hitters because he coached them well, or is Jaramillo considered a good coach because his young charges were good hitters?  Having watched the Mazzone-era unfold in Atlanta and then Baltimore, I’m skeptical that a coach makes a big difference once a player makes it to the big leagues.  

Steven Matz homers in back-to-back starts

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Mets starter Steven Matz helped his own cause again, belting a solo home run in the top of the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Matz turned on a 1-1 breaking ball from Cy Young contender Aaron Nola, breaking a scoreless tie.

Matz also homered in his previous start against the Marlins last Thursday. According to MLB Stat of the Day, he is the third Mets pitcher to homer in back-to-back starts, joining Tom Seaver (1972) and Ron Darling (1989).

Matz is the fourth full-time pitcher to hit multiple home runs this season, joining the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen (four), and the Cardinals’ John Gant and Miles Mikolas (two each). The last Mets pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a season was Noah Syndergaard, who hit three in 2016.

Along with the bat, Matz has also been dealing on the mound. As of this writing, he has held the Phillies scoreless over five innings despite walking five batters and allowing two hits.