The Mets just scored 10 runs in an inning against the Brewers

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One might have thought things couldn’t gotten worse for the 13-23 Brewers, but they just did after letting the Mets score 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth during Saturday night’s game. Starter Matt Garza had limited the Mets to just one run — which came on an RBI single from opposing starter Jacob deGrom — over the first three innings.

Here’s how it went down:

  • Michael Cuddyer leadoff single
  • Daniel Murphy walk
  • Eric Campbell 1-3 ground out, moving both runners up a base
  • Kevin Plawecki RBI fielder’s choice, shortstop to catcher (no out recorded) [2-0]
  • Jacob deGrom single to load the bases
  • Wilmer Flores grand slam [6-0]
  • Curtis Granderson infield single
  • Juan Lagares single, moving Granderson to third base
  • Lucas Duda walk
  • Michael Cuddyer two-run double [8-0]
  • (Garza relieved by Brandon Kintzler)
  • Daniel Murphy two-run double [10-0]
  • Eric Campbell RBI single [11-0]
  • Kevin Plawecki strikeout
  • Jacob deGrom single
  • Wilmer Flores ground out

Garza finished having allowed 10 runs on 10 hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. He entered with a 4.04 ERA and left at 5.72.

With three hits in his first three at-bats, deGrom becomes the first Mets pitcher to do so since Chris Young on April 5, 2011 (via Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News). The last pitcher to record two hits of his own in an inning was Adam Wainwright on April 13, 2013 against the Brewers (via Jesse Spector of the Sporting News).

Yasmani Grandal signs a four-year, $73 million deal with the White Sox

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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.