From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that the Orioles have officially named right-hander Miguel Gonzalez their starting pitcher for Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday afternoon in Kansas City.
Gonzalez did not appear in the Orioles’ three-game ALDS sweep of the Tigers and hasn’t pitched in a game since the final day of the regular season, but he posted an impressive 3.23 ERA across 159 innings this summer and the 30-year-old owns a solid 3.45 ERA over 435 2/3 career major league frames.
Gonzalez will face off against the Royals’ Jason Vargas in Game 4. It could be an elimination game for the Orioles if they lose in Tuesday night’s rescheduled Game 3 at Kauffman Stadium in KC.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.
Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.
While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.