Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports that the Brewers have announced to other teams they’re willing to sell. With a 5-17 record, the Brewers’ hopes for the 2015 season may already be dashed. They have the worst starting rotation ERA in the National League, have committed the second-most errors in the league, and are sporting the NL’s third-worst offense in terms of average runs scored per game.
Nightengale writes that the Brewers are making veterans Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, and Aramis Ramirez available. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports adds that a rival executive sees Carlos Gomez, Jean Segura, Khris Davis, Gerardo Parra, and Francisco Rodriguez as marketable as well.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.