As expected, Jason Marquis and his $3 million salary went unclaimed on waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Twins released the veteran right-hander.
I’m sure Marquis will be able to snag at least a minor-league contract somewhere and he might even have some modest success returning to the National League eventually, but it’s difficult to overstate just how awful he was with the Twins.
He made seven starts, posting an 8.47 ERA and allowing 33 runs in 34 innings with more walks than strikeouts and nine homers. Opponents hit .371 with a .434 on-base percentage and .629 slugging percentage off him and dating back to August 1 of last season Marquis has given up 49 runs in 45 innings.
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.