What? You think he’s being traded to Boston too. It’s only a matter of time. For now, though, he’s pitching against the Red Sox for the Phillies and he’s having a hell of a time of it today.
Hamels has tossed five innings and he’s given up four runs on five hits with three walks. Four of those hits have been homers. Two by Dustin Pedroia (whose demise may have been greatly exaggerated) one by Mookie Betts and one by Hanley Ramirez. All solo shots, thankfully.
Current score: 4-0 after five innings. In other news, they are serving liquor in Citizens Bank Park. Probably selling well today.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.
McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).
McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.