Missed this in my quick pass through the box scores this morning, but Reds’ outfielder Billy Hamilton stole five bases in yesterday’s game.
Batting ninth, he singled in the third inning and stole second and third base. He doubled in the sixth inning and stole third base. Then, in the tenth inning he walked and stole second and third. All that base stealing and he only scored once, however. And of course the Reds lost.
Sort of a microcosm of Hamilton’s life in the big leagues, where he has stolen 100 bases in 219 career games and has only been caught 28 times. Which is pretty spiffy until you look at the overall results in which he has only gotten on base at a .289 clip.
Flashy and fun but a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.
Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.
While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.