Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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For the second consecutive day, the Cardinals took down the visiting Pirates on an extra-inning walkoff.

On Friday night, it was Matt Adams stroking an opposite-field single that scored Jon Jay in the bottom of the 10th inning to secure a 2-1 victory. And then on Saturday, third baseman Matt Carpenter lifted a sacrifice fly to deep left field that easily plated Pete Kozma in the bottom of the 11th to notch another 2-1 win. Pirates left fielder Starling Marte didn’t even bother trying to throw Kozma out.

Carpenter is batting .366/.434/.634 with 15 RBI and 21 runs scored in 23 games for the Cardinals, who have won five straight and boast the best record in baseball at 17-6. They’ll go for a sweep of the division-rival Pirates on Sunday afternoon behind 23-year-old starter Michael Wacha. Who needs Adam Wainwright?

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

Yankees 4, Red Sox 2

White Sox 3, Twins 5

Pirates 1, Cardinals 2 (11 innings)

Brewers 6, Cubs 1

Angels 4, Giants 5

Blue Jays 11, Indians 4

Phillies 0, Marlins 7

Rays 0, Orioles 4

Tigers 2, Royals 1

Reds 8, Braves 4

Mariners 4, Astros 11

Nationals 1, Mets 0

Athletics 7, Rangers 8 (10 innings)

Rockies 2, Padres 4

Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 6

Buster Posey opts out of the 2020 season

Buster Posey has opted out
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San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”

Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured. Recently Posey said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.

In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.

A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.