GM Dan O’Dowd and company are only getting more desperate.
In day 11 since going to a four-man rotation, the Rockies have made their third rotation switch, sending down Edwar Cabrera two days after he got lit up by the Nationals.
Cabrera, who was hauled up out of Double-A to make his major league debut, gave up seven runs — five earned — and three homers in a loss to Washington.
The Rockies didn’t demote him immediately afterwards, suggesting that they were leaning towards sticking with him. However, Thursday’s 11-inning game — which they won despite giving up 10 runs for a third straight day — left them with an exhausted bullpen, necessating the callup of Tyler Chatwood today.
Barring an injury, Cabrera won’t be able to be recalled for 10 days, so perhaps Drew Pomeranz will be called up to start Sunday. Jeremy Guthrie and Chatwood might also be possibilities if they’re not needed in relief before then.
Cabrera could always get another look after the break, but this has to be a major bummer for him. Not only was he one-and-done in the majors, but because he was called up, MLB has already given away his spot in the Futures Game.
No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.
First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.
On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.
Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.