The Mets might be…good? Bartolo Colon tossed seven innings of one-run ball and also did some damage with the bat in a 4-1 win over the Marlins last night at Citi Field. The Mets have now won six straight for the first time since 2011 and sit at 8-3 on the young season.
Colon scattered six hits while walking none and striking out five. The only run scored on a solo homer from Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning. The ageless wonder is now 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA with an 18/1 K/BB ratio in 20 innings across his first three starts.
After hitting an RBI single on Sunday, Colon also hit a sacrifice fly last night. And he got a really nice piece of it, too. Check out the video below:
Colon currently has more RBI (two) than any pitcher in baseball. Silver Slugger coming?
Your Friday box scores:
Marlins 1, Mets 4
White Sox 1, Tigers 2
Padres 5, Cubs 4
Orioles 2, Red Sox 3
Phillies 2, Nationals 7
Braves 8, Blue Jays 7
Yankees 5, Rays 4
Brewers 3, Pirates 6
Athletics 4, Royals 6
Reds 1, Cardinals 6
Indians 2, Twins 3 (11 innings)
Angels 6, Astros 3
Rockies 3, Dodgers 7
Diamondbacks 9, Giants 0
Rangers 3, Mariners 0
The first truly big free agent signing of the offseason has gone down: the Chicago White Sox just announced that they have signed catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal.
Grandal, 31, was the best catcher available in free agency. He is coming off a fine year with the Milwaukee Brewers, with whom he had to settle for a one-year pact in 2019. He hit .246/.380/.468 with 28 homers and 77 driven in. It was his fourth straight season with 20+ homers. While his catching has been criticized due to some high-profile mistakes in the postseason, the two-time All-Star once again proved himself to be one of the best pitch-framers in the game if not the best. Between the bat and the glove he has a claim to being one of the best all-around catchers in baseball.
The signing leaves open the question of what happens to James McCann, who was himself an All-Star this year. It’s not that hard a question, of course, as Grandal is a far superior catcher to McCann in every respect. The Sox could make McCann a backup. Alternatively, they could try to trade him to fill other holes on the roster.
The White Sox finished 72-89 in 2019 but are showing signs of coming out of rebuilding mode and into contention mode. This signing pushes them a big step into that direction.