Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki slugged his first major league home run on Saturday afternoon against Yankees lefty CC Sabathia. The 24-year-old was ahead in the count 2-1 before sending an 88 MPH fastball over the fence in left field on a line drive.
Plawecki got his first hit in his first major league game, but had gone 0-for-7 in his other two games entering Saturday’s contest. He’s replacing Travis d’Arnaud, who suffered a fractured right hand on Sunday when he was hit by an A.J. Ramos pitch.
The Mets had their 11-game winning streak snapped on Friday night, but are set to rebound as they lead the Yankees 7-2 as of this writing.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that free agent pitcher Madison Bumgarner is asking for a nine-figure deal.
Your first impression of that may be “what? how?” A lot of that, however, is probably bound up in your understandable feeling that Bumgarner is too old to get that kind of scratch. But then you remember that, oh wait, he’s somehow still only 30 years-old. Indeed, he’s only ten months older than Zack Wheeler, who just nabbed a five-year, $118 million deal from Philly.
Bumgarner, obviously, has much more mileage on the odometer than Wheeler does, and he’s not the ace he was a few years ago, but he’s coming off a fine year, having put up a solid 3.90 ERA and 203/43 K/BB ratio over 207.2 innings in 2019. He would be a fine addition to the top — or at last near the top — of a contender’s rotation.
The White Sox, Twins, Cardinals, Reds, Braves, Padres, and Yankees have all been mentioned among possible landing spots. Figure his market to heat up a good bit once Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg sign and some of those contenders start looking for fallback options.