Latest Wild Card Standings
With two days remaining in the regular season, the Mariners are still alive. Kendrys Morales, Michael Saunders, and Dustin Ackley all homered as Seattle hung on for 4-3 win over the Angels last night in Anaheim.
All of the offense came against Jered Weaver, who lasted six innings in his final tuneup before the postseason. Hisashi Iwakuma allowed two runs (on back-to-back solo homers from Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout) over 6 1/3 innings for his 15th victory. Fernando Rodney made things interesting in the ninth by giving up a out-out RBI double to Erick Aybar which put the tying run on second base, but he was able to get the final two outs to wiggle out of the jam and finish off the win.
The Mariners are currently two games behind the Athletics for the final Wild Card spot in the American League. The Athletics beat the Rangers 6-2 last night and have a magic number of one to clinch a postseason berth. That means the Mariners can’t lose another game and need the Rangers to take the next two from the A’s. They need a lot to go their way, but they still have a shot.
Your Friday box scores:
Angels 3, Mariners 4
Marlins 0, Nationals 4/Marlins 15, Nationals 7
Orioles 2, Blue Jays 4
Braves 4, Phillies 5
Twins 11, Tigers 4
Astros 3, Mets 1
Yankees 3, Red Sox 2
Pirates 3, Reds 1
Athletics 6, Rangers 2
Cubs 6, Brewers 4
Royals 3, White Sox 1
Cardinals 7, Diamondbacks 6 (10 innings)
Rockies 4, Dodgers 7
Padres 4, Giants 1
The Padres may have some interest in acquiring Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, according to a recent report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It seems unlikely that the team would deal their starting third baseman with J.P. Crawford (fractured left hand) sidelined through July; to that end, however, they signed infielder Danny Espinosa as minor league depth on Friday and have reportedly been eying the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre, among other veteran options.
Franco, 25, entered Sunday batting .255/.297/.425 with nine home runs and a .721 OPS in 229 plate appearances this season. While he has yet to live up to the .280+ average, 1.9+ fWAR he posted during his rookie campaign, he’s been a solid 20+ home run producer over the last few years and shown some stability at the hot corner. He’s also under team control for the next three years and could provide some much-needed insurance behind the Padres’ current third base option, 27-year-old Christian Villanueva.
Rosenthal notes that the Phillies could strike a deal for one of San Diego’s relievers, though no one specific has been connected to the team yet — and the club probably wouldn’t be able to finesse a one-for-one deal given the quality of the Padres’ pitchers. The Phillies’ bullpen has looked downright abysmal over the last month, placing 11th-worst in the league with a collective 5.34 ERA and 0.3 fWAR. Their failure to procure a viable reliever beyond Seranthony Dominguez, Victor Arano and Edubray Ramos lends a certain urgency to any potential deal they make over the next few weeks, though the official trade deadline is still over a month away.