Mark DeRosa was injured last season when he high-fived Bryce Harper. But when you’re a loaded team going for it all, you need a rah-rah guy too, so:
A guaranteed major league deal for a guy who hit .188 with no homers in 101 plate appearances. Odd. But I guess DeRosa is still versatile and you could maybe do worse with a “final piece of the puzzle” kind of player.
You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.
The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.
Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.