Tampa Bay released Kyle Farnsworth after designating the veteran reliever for assignment last week, ending a two-and-a-half season run in which he threw 114 innings with a 3.54 ERA and 95/33 K/BB ratio for the Rays.
Those are very good numbers, but most of that good work came in 2011 and this year Farnsworth had a 5.76 ERA in 30 innings for the Rays after re-signing for a modest $1.25 million.
He’s lost about one mile per hour off his fastball in each of the past two seasons, averaging a career-low 92.5 mph this year, and at age 37 it’s tough to see Farnsworth being more than a middle reliever even if he can latch on with another team.
Nationals ace Max Scherzer struck out his 300th batter of the season on Tuesday night against the Marlins. Austin Dean was the victim, swinging and missing at a 3-2 curve for the second out in the seventh inning.
Scherzer’s 2018 is the seventh 300-strikeout season since 2000. The others: Chris Sale (308; 2017 Red Sox), Clayton Kershaw (301; 2015 Dodgers), Randy Johnson (334; 2002 Diamondbacks), Curt Schilling (316; 2002 Diamondbacks), Randy Johnson (372; 2001 Diamondbacks), Randy Johnson (347; 2000 Diamondbacks). It’s the 67th 300-strikeout season dating back to 1883.
At the conclusion of the seventh, Scherzer had held the Marlins to a run on four hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts. He entered the start 17-7 with a 2.57 ERA across 213 2/3 innings. Jacob deGrom will almost certainly win the NL Cy Young Award, but Scherzer’s 2018 has been outstanding.