The Pirates are “willing to stretch a few more days” before making a decision on whether or not to place outfielder Andrew McCutchen on the 15-day disabled list, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports. McCutchen suffered an avulsion fracture involving the costochondral cartilage of his left 11th rib on Sunday, a day after the Diamondbacks exacted revenge on him with a fastball to his back.
McCutchen avoiding the disabled list helps the Pirates for obvious reasons: they enter play tonight with a 61-53 record, sitting just a game and a half out of first place in the NL Central. McCutchen has had another MVP-esque season, slashing .311/.411/.536 with 17 home runs, 67 RBI, 17 stolen bases, and a league-leading 68 walks.
Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.
Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.
Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.