The Mets are talking to Fernando Rodney

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The Mets were reported to have pursued Grant Balfour before he signed with the Rays and now they are reported to be talking to Fernando Rodney. Adam Rubin of ESPNNY has the report.

This further suggests discomfort with handing the closer’s role to Bobby Parnell. Which makes one wonder why they let LaTroy Hawkins walk away. But hey, that’s ancient history now.

Rodney spent the past two seasons as the Rays’ closer. In that time he’s saved 85 games with a 1.91 ERA with 158 strikeouts in 141.1 innings against 51 walks.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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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.