Stephen Strasburg throws five shutout innings in final Triple-A start

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With his highly anticipated call-up to the Nationals scheduled for next week, Stephen Strasburg made his final Triple-A start this afternoon and fittingly tossed five shutout innings.
Strasburg allowed three hits, struck out five, and walked one against the Mets’ affiliate and a lineup that included former big leaguers Mike Jacobs, Russ Adams, Justin Turner, Mike Hessman, J.R. House, Ruben Tejada, and Mike Cervenak. Oh, and he also went 1-for-2 at the plate, scoring a run.
Slated to face the Pirates in Washington next Tuesday, Strasburg wraps up his time in the minors with a 1.30 ERA, .160 opponents’ batting average, and 65/13 K/BB ratio in 55.1 innings spread over 11 starts. He threw 89 pitches today, so Strasburg should be fully stretched out for a 100-plus pitch outing in his debut.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.