General manager Brian Sabean loves veterans and the Giants are in need of catching help with Buster Posey out for the season, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that they “don’t consider Ivan Rodriguez the answer.”
Rodriguez is old enough that his son was drafted by the Twins earlier this week and he’s hitting .205 with a .585 OPS in 26 games as Wilson Ramos’ backup in Washington, so unless the question is “who’s a washed up future Hall of Famer?” then the Giants are right not to think he’s “the answer.”
On the other hand, presumably the Nationals will eventually come around to the idea of getting anything of value they can for Rodriguez and Eli Whiteside has struggled filling in for Posey. Sabean and the Giants understandably don’t think much of Rodriguez, but they may still be willing to give up a low-level prospect for his veteran-ness if Whiteside is hitting .190 next month.
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.