Earlier this week Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported that the Rockies were “in contract talks” with free agent Cody Ross, which seemed odd because Colorado already has so much outfield depth that Seth Smith is on the trading block.
Olney is one of the best national reporters in the business, but Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post spoke to a Rockies source who said “there is absolutely no truth to the Cody Ross stories” and “we have no fit at all in our outfield.”
Obviously if the market for Ross is so poor that he has to take a modest one-year contract even the Rockies would find room for him, but in that scenario he would surely be able to at least find more playing time than Colorado could offer behind starters Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer, and Dexter Fowler.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.