I haven’t seen anything like this since an active Mark McGwire walked the earth. Joc Pederson: Exclusive Home Run Hitter.
The other day we talked about how his previous five hits, going back to the Giants series last week, were homers. He went hitless that night, but last night he hit two more home runs — one on the fifth inning, one in the eighth — and notched no other safeties. That makes it seven straight homers in seven straight hits for Pederson. In his last nine games, Pederson 8-for-30 with seven homers, a double — which came before his homer in the first game of the streak — six walks and 13 strikeouts.
Such a weird start. And so much fun. Not sustainable, of course, as eventually some of those bombs will ricochet off walls instead of going over them and some of his groundouts will sneak through the infield. But it’s been quite the thing, yes?
The Mets have acquired right-handed reliever Brooks Pounders from the Indians for cash considerations, the teams reported Saturday. Despite his limited and varied major-league experience, Pounders has put up intriguing numbers at the Triple-A level and is expected to step into a not-insignificant role with the Mets’ relief corps.
Pounders, 28, signed a minor-league deal with the Indians last December and pitched to a healthy 2.31 ERA, 2.8 BB/8, and 11.8 SO/9 over his first 35 innings in Cleveland’s farm system. He hasn’t taken the mound in a major-league setting since 2018, however, when he appeared in 14 games with the Rockies and labored through a much more unsightly 7.63 ERA, 1.2 BB/9, and 10.0 SO/9 across 15 1/3 frames. Still, his peripherals are promising, and there’s no question the Mets could use some help bolstering a bullpen that currently ranks eighth-worst in the league with a collective 5.31 ERA and 0.2 fWAR.
In subsequent roster moves, fellow righty Tyler Bashlor was sent back to Triple-A Syracuse for the second time this season, while Héctor Santiago was designated for assignment, Tim Peterson was optioned to Triple-A, and Chris Flexen was recalled from Triple-A. It’s been a less-than-ideal campaign for Bashlor so far this year: through 13 relief appearances for the club, he lost control of a bloated 5.23 ERA, 5.4 BB/9, and 9.3 SO/9 in 11 2/3 innings and had not been utilized in a game since June 2.