Last season Cory Wade had a 30/8 K/BB ratio and allowed five homers in 39 innings for the Yankees. This season Wade had a 38/8 K/BB ratio and allowed eight homers in 39 innings for the Yankees.
Unfortunately for the 31-year-old reliever his ERA jumped from 2.04 to 6.46, thanks largely to his batting average on balls in play jumping from .246 to .328, and today the Yankees designated him for assignment.
That drops him from the 40-man roster and because of both his ugly ERA and injury history Wade may have to settle for a minor-league deal for next season, but his non-ERA numbers suggest he could still be a solid middle reliever for a lot of teams.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna was scratched from Wednesday afternoon’s starting lineup because he overslept and missed the scheduled report time to the ballpark. Ozuna appeared in the on-deck circle late in the game but didn’t get a chance to pinch-hit as the Cardinals lost 5-2 to the Royals in 10 innings. The lowly Royals took two of three in the series.
The Cardinals acquired Ozuna from the Marlins back in December. He hasn’t hit much for the Cardinals thus far, batting .253/.295/.331 with three home runs and 22 RBI in 190 plate appearances. He was an All-Star last year, finishing with a .312 average and a .924 OPS along with 37 homers and 124 RBI.
It’s amusing reading some of the replies to Goold’s tweet. More than a handful of Cardinals fans are upset with Ozuna for oversleeping. Who among us has not overslept for school or work? Of course, a lot of the antipathy has to do with Ozuna’s lack of hitting. If he had a .900 OPS, it would be a lot easier for fans to forgive him.