Mariners ink Manny Delcarmen to minor league contract

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From the Mariners’ official Twitter feed comes word that the club has reached agreement on a minor league contract with right-handed reliever Manny Delcarmen.

The contract carries an invitation to spring training, where Delcarmen will attempt to win a job in the Mariners’ Opening Day bullpen.

The 28-year-old posted an underwhelming 4.70 ERA and 1.39 WHIP across 44 innings with the Red Sox last season before they shipped him off to Colorado in late August for minor league pitcher Chris Balcom-Miller. Delcarmen didn’t fare much better in the Rockies’ bullpen, allowing 12 hits and six earned runs in just 8.1 innings of work down the stretch.

He has enjoyed some success in the past and may be able to bounce back in the pitcher-friendly confines of Safeco Field, but all indications are that Delcarmen’s best years are far behind him.

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.