And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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An abbreviated version of ATH today. Apologies. I had a late night and thus a late start this morning and on days like this I have come to feel like you all would prefer to have the comment thread up for the previous night’s games sooner as opposed to waiting for my not 100% observations on last night’s games up late (my not 100% observations early, however, are still cool I hope).

For those who care, my late night was because I went to go see Heart and Joan Jett play at the Ohio state fair. That’s right, don’t hate. Heart and Joan Jett are awesome and I will accept no argument to the contrary. I even dig the 80s power ballad version of Heart. I mean, I was a 12 or 13-year-old boy when that stuff was coming out and I had MTV so, you know.

Only complaint about last night’s show: you can tell Ann and Nancy Wilson aren’t big fans of their 80s output. They sort of introduced that portion of the show with a half-apology and then reworked the instrumentation on “Alone,” “These Dreams” and “What About Love.” Ann still has the pipes and hit every big note, but there was, like, mandolin and acoustic guitar as opposed to power ballad bombast. I think we’re all mature enough and confident in our tastes, however, to be able to handle the full power ballad bombast, right? Even if it’s not cool? We won’t think less of you, Ann and Nancy, if you own that period of your careers. If you didn’t then most of us wouldn’t have even heard of you. You’d be like Foghat and Grand Funk and all of those other bands that petered out in 1979 and only our moms and dads know. Better, to be sure, but confined to that one decade and likely not able to fill a 10,000 person room like you did last night.

Um, OK, I think I’ve gone on long enough. And revealed far too much about myself. Now the scores:

(oh, Joan Jett kicked butt too)

Mets 11, Phillies 2
Brewers 5, Rays 0
Diamondbacks 5, Reds 4
Astros 8, Athletics 1
Nationals 4, Marlins 3
Orioles 4, Angels 3
Giants 7, Pirates 5
Indians 2, Mariners 0
Rockies 6, Cubs 4
Tigers 7, White Sox 2
Dodgers 3, Braves 2
Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 1
Padres 12, Cardinals 1
Rangers 3, Yankees 2
Royals 3, Twins 2

Giants nearing deal with Cameron Maybin

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The Giants are finalizing a minor league deal for free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin, according to Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The team has not confirmed the signing, but it’s in keeping with their stated goal of adding more veteran presence and outfield options to their roster in advance of the 2019 season.

Maybin, 31, appeared in back-to-back gigs with the Marlins and Mariners in 2018. He slashed an underwhelming .249/.326/.336 with four home runs, 10 stolen bases (in 15 chances), a .662 OPS, and 0.5 fWAR through 384 plate appearances for the two clubs, a clear improvement over his totals in 2017 but still shy of the career numbers he posted with the Padres all the way back in 2011. It’s not only his offense that has tanked, but his speed and defense in center field, all of which he’ll try to improve as he jockeys for a roster spot in camp this month.

The Giants’ outfield has been largely depleted of any kind of consistent talent lately, especially taking into account the recent departures of Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco, and Gorkys Hernández. Even with the acquisition of, say, All-Star right fielder Bryce Harper, there’s nothing standing in the way of Maybin and fellow veteran signee Gerardo Parra grabbing hold of full- or part-time roles this year, though they’ll need to outperform candidates like Chris Shaw, Steven Duggar, Drew Ferguson, Mac Williamson, Austin Slater, Craig Gentry, Mike Gerber, and others first.

In a previous report on Friday, Baggarly revealed that a “handshake understanding” had been established with several veteran players already this offseason, all but guaranteeing them regular starting opportunities over the course of the season. How those agreements will be affected by spring training performances remains to be seen, but at least for now, the Giants appear prepared to give their newest players a long leash as they try to get back on top in the NL West.