Released by the Mets earlier this week, veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth has found a new home with the Astros.
Farnsworth was pretty upset with the Mets at the time of the release and talked about wanting to “find a team where I can play against this one.”
Houston is in the AL, but the Astros’ final series of the season–September 26-28–is actually against the Mets, in New York. So Farnsworth would get a chance to pitch against the team that cut him loose, assuming he can find a way not to get released by the Astros before then.
Farnsworth actually pitched relatively well for the Mets with a 3.18 ERA in 17 innings, although his 10/6 K/BB ratio was unimpressive and his average fastball velocity was down to 92.0 miles per hour compared to his peak levels of 94-96 mph.
Chad Qualls was recently promoted to the full-time closer role by the Astros, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Farnsworth get some save chances at some point.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.