Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas chose some interesting words in an effort to cheer up lefty Brandon Finnegan after he surrendered five runs in an inning of work against the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night.
Via MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez:
“Listen, man,'” Moustakas added, “you’re disgusting, you’re nasty. Never forget how nasty you are.”
First baseman Eric Hosmer was also there to help console the rookie, adding, “It’s baseball. It happens.”
To his credit, Finnegan seemed nonplussed at the whole thing. One would think a rookie, only months separated from pitching in college, would be panicking, but Finnegan seems to have a cool head on his shoulders. He told the media, “I made my pitches and they hit it just soft enough and hard enough to get in. They got theirs tonight, but we’ll get ours tomorrow.”
The Pirates are officially shutting down Chris Archer for the season, GM Neal Huntington revealed Sunday. It’s more of a formality than anything else, but, as the Pirates are currently out of postseason contention, there seems to be no point in forcing the right-hander to accelerate his recovery from right shoulder inflammation.
Archer, 30, sustained the injury in late August and was initially projected to return sometime during September. He’s been throwing from flat ground over the last several weeks, but there had been no indication that he was ready to resume starting duties for the club. He’ll end his 2019 run with a 3-9 record in 23 starts and a 5.19 ERA, 4.1 BB/9, 10.8 SO/9, and 0.7 fWAR across 119 2/3 innings pitched; not his worst performance to date, but a considerable step down from the sub-5.00 ERA and 2.6 fWAR he posted with the Rays and Pirates in 2018.
With two weeks left in the regular season, the Pirates will soon wrap up their fourth consecutive non-contending campaign. Following Saturday’s brutal 14-1 loss to the Cubs, they were mathematically eliminated from postseason qualification. They last reached the playoffs in 2015, though it’s been six years since they advanced past the wild card tiebreaker and 27 years since they advanced past the Division Series.