Throughout the playoffs the Giants have been using career first baseman Travis Ishikawa in left field rather than Michael Morse and that will apparently continue in the World Series.
Manager Bruce Bochy said today that Ishikawa will remain in left field and when the Giants are able to use a designated hitter in the four games played in Kansas City under AL rules–including Game 1 tomorrow night–it’ll be Morse at DH.
Morse has a ton of experience as an outfielder, playing nearly 1,700 career innings in left field, but he’s always rated very poorly in defensive metrics and has been less than full strength due to an oblique injury.
Morse has yet to start a game in the playoffs, but he hit .279 with 16 homers and an .811 OPS in 131 games during the regular season to rank second on the team in OPS behind only Buster Posey. If healthy he’s a huge addition to the lineup.
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.