Miguel Cabrera to miss the Mariners' series

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miguel cabrera headshot tigers.jpgMiguel Cabrera ain’t hurt, he’s just becoming a daddy for the second time and will be in Florida for the birth of his second child, Jason Beck reports. Couple of thoughts:

  • If you have to be without your best hitter for a couple of game, being without him for a series against the Mariners is probably the best case scenario;
  • For all of the obvious reasons I’m happy that Cabrera committed himself to fitness and sobriety after his unfortunate behavior last fall, the fact that he’s doing it as he’s becoming a father again is the best one I can imagine. Being a dad is hard enough. Doing it through a haze is damn nigh impossible; and
  • When I first saw this today I only saw “M. Cabrera to miss series due to birth of child,” thought it was Melky, and immediately thought “Great! It’s addition by subtraction by multiplication!”  Alas, the wrong Cabrera;

Anyway, early congrats on the new Cabrera.

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.