Carlos Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 14 games in the first inning Saturday and then just kept going, finishing 4-for-6 with two bunt singles and a pair of RBI in a 7-6 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.
Despite spending the first five days of August on the DL finishing his recovery from a wrist injury, Gonzalez is making a strong case for NL player of the month honors. He’s hit .393 with eight homers and 26 RBI during his hitting streak and .317 with nine homers and 30 RBI in 20 games for the month.
With his third-inning single Saturday, Gonzalez moved into the Rockies’ record book by driving in a run for the 11th straight game. The previous mark of 10 games in a row was set by Vinny Castilla in April 2004.
Gonzalez’s RBI streak is also the longest in the majors this season. The longest in the last five years was a 14-game streak by Florida’s Jorge Cantu that began on Sept. 29, 2009 and ran through April 15, 2010.
The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.
Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.
While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.