According to the Nationals’ official Twitter page, the Washington GM Mike Rizzo has announced a one-year contract extension for veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez.
The money involved has not been revealed just yet, but it seems like a wise move with the information that we do know. Hernandez, 35, has posted a 3.49 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP and a 9-9 record this season on a bad Nationals team. His 91 strikeouts and 55 walks aren’t blowing anybody away, but he’s registered two complete games and one shutout.
Hernandez is the consummate innings-eater. He’s tallied at least 175 innings in each of the last 12 seasons and is likely to reach the 200-inning plateau this year.
The Nats will be without Stephen Strasburg in 2011 due to Tommy John surgery. They did well to secure at least one reliable starter for next season.
Wednesday night’s Phillies-Mets game did not feature any beanballs or benches-clearing brawls, but it did feature Rhys Hoskins getting his revenge against Jacob Rhame. Last night, Rhame threw a fastball up-and-in at Hoskins. Rhame maintained his innocence, though Hoskins was skeptical.
Hoskins got a chance for revenge against Rhame in the ninth inning with the Phillies already ahead 4-0. Bryce Harper drew a leadoff walk. Hoskins then worked a 1-1 count before drilling a 95 MPH fastball over the left field fence for a two-run home run. Hoskins milked his accomplishment, taking a 34-second stroll around the bases. For a point of comparison, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo notes that noted speedster Bartolo Colón had a 30.5-second trot around the bases after homering in 2016. MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki notes that Hoskins’ longest home run trot prior to this was clocked at 28.88 seconds. Wednesday’s trot was the first this season above 30 seconds across the league.
The dinger is Hoskins’ seventh of the season. He also walked and tripled in Wednesday’s 6-0 win. On the season, Hoskins is now batting .273/.402/.580 with 20 RBI and 18 runs scored in 107 plate appearances.