The injuries have been piling up for the Rockies, and one of their latest may have ended the injured party’s season. Michael Cuddyer, placed on the DL over the weekend due to an oblique strain, could be done for the year:
“There is a possibility,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Sunday when asked if Cuddyer is done. “I won’t (say) that’s completely the case, but I won’t rule it out, either.”
Cuddyer is batting .260/.317/.489 with 16 home runs and 58 RBI in 101 games this year, the first of a three year deal. Given that the Rockies aren’t playing for anything but pride for the next month and change, no sense in rushing him back.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.