As expected, Jamie Moyer cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Rockies released the 49-year-old left-hander.
Moyer got off to a nice start for Colorado after missing all of last season following Tommy John surgery, but struggled overall with a 5.70 ERA, .328 opponents’ batting average, and 11 homers allowed in 54 innings.
This is probably the end of the line for Moyer, although if he’s still interested in pitching it wouldn’t be shocking to see a team offer up a minor-league contract just to have him around as depth. If he’s indeed finished, Moyer ends his remarkable 25-season career with 269 wins and a 4.25 ERA in 4,074 innings, 2,608 of which came after age 35.
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.