Corey Patterson followed up his 5-for-7 day Saturday by going 4-for-5 with another homer as part of the Blue Jays’ 13-4 win over the White Sox on Sunday.
He’s the first player to collect nine hits in two games since Minnesota’s Denard Span did it Aug. 7-8, 2009. He’s the first player to do it with two of them being homers since Atlanta’s Marcus Giles on July 28-29, 2003.
Patterson, who probably wouldn’t have made the Jays out of spring training if not for an injury to Scott Podsednik, has raised his average from .268 to .301 the last two days. His homer Saturday was a walkoff blast in the 14th. Today, he had a two-run shot off John Danks in the fourth.
It was one of three homers the Blue Jays hit off Danks. Aaron Hill and Edwin Encarnacion went back-to-back off him in the first inning. It was the first homer of the season for each.
The Blue Jays ended up taking the final three games in the four-game series to move back over .500 at 27-26. The White Sox are 24-31 on the season.
The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.
The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.
Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.