The Red Sox cleaned up in offseason merchandise sales

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Not surprising given that they, you know, won the World Series. But here are the numbers on offseason merchandise sales from Fanatics.com:

Top selling teams since Jan. 1 

Boston Red Sox
NY Yankees
LA Dodgers
St. Louis Cardinals
SF Giants

Best Offseason Year-over-Year increases

Boston Red Sox – up 230%
Pittsburgh Pirates – up 200%
Kansas City Royals – up 175%

Top-selling MLB Players since Jan. 1

Derek Jeter
David Ortiz
Mike Trout
Dustin Pedroia
Buster Posey

The only thing that is even mildly surprising here is the presence of Royals gear going up 175%. On the one hand I do feel like there is a lot more hope and optimism among Royals fans than there used to be, and that likely translates into jersey sales. On the other hand, it’s not like some external event like a playoff appearance or a huge free agent signing or anything went down for them.

Maybe people are finally realizing that, the team itself aside, the Royals caps and jerseys are pretty sweet all things considered.

Steven Matz homers in back-to-back starts

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Mets starter Steven Matz helped his own cause again, belting a solo home run in the top of the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Matz turned on a 1-1 breaking ball from Cy Young contender Aaron Nola, breaking a scoreless tie.

Matz also homered in his previous start against the Marlins last Thursday. According to MLB Stat of the Day, he is the third Mets pitcher to homer in back-to-back starts, joining Tom Seaver (1972) and Ron Darling (1989).

Matz is the fourth full-time pitcher to hit multiple home runs this season, joining the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen (four), and the Cardinals’ John Gant and Miles Mikolas (two each). The last Mets pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a season was Noah Syndergaard, who hit three in 2016.

Along with the bat, Matz has also been dealing on the mound. As of this writing, he has held the Phillies scoreless over five innings despite walking five batters and allowing two hits.