Last night the Phillies sent a player to be named later to the Rockies for Ty Wigginton, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that acquiring Wigginton’s right-handed bat “really doesn’t have anything to do with what I may do in the outfield or infield.”
In other words, Wigginton won’t stop the Phillies from continuing to pursue Michael Cuddyer.
Which makes sense, because while useful in the right circumstances Wigginton is nowhere near the hitter that Cuddyer is and with the Rockies paying half of his $4 million salary for 2012 his addition doesn’t have a big impact on the Phillies’ payroll anyway.
Amaro explained that he views Wigginton as mostly a bench player, although he could be used in a bigger role depending on Ryan Howard’s recovery from a torn Achilles’ tendon and Placido Polanco’s performance at third base.
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.