Early last season Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said that then-Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks was asked if he’d consider learning how to play left field. The reason: a couple of years of bad performance and injury and Scooter Gennett‘s comparatively better production. Weeks, however, declined to take the outfield reps. In fact, in his career, he has played nothing but second base and DH.
Last night he signed with the Mariners. They happen to have a second baseman. Goes by the name of Cano. So, no, Weeks is not gonna see a lot of time in his preferred position. To that end, Jon Heyman reports today that the Mariners plan to use him in the outfield “a lot.”
One presumes that Weeks was aware of Mr. Cano’s presence before signing this deal, so one presumes that he’s on board with the move to the outfield now. It’ll be curious to see if his hamstring — which has given him issues in the past — holds up to that, but if he can pull it off, he could reinvent himself as useful super utility guy.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.