I’m OK with Anthony Rendon not laying out to save Max Scherzer’s perfect game

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Max Scherzer pitched a whale of a game yesterday. By most measures the best game in Washington Nationals history, striking out sixteen souls and allowing only one hit.

“But let’s dwell on that hit,” some folks seem to want to think, and recount the ball that fell in off of Carlos Gomez’s bat. Clinton Yates of the Washington Post on Anthony Rendon’s effort:

He didn’t dive, though. The ball fell in, and ended up as the only hit of the game. Having watched this play nearly three dozen times since it happened, I still can’t figure out why Rendon didn’t lay out to catch that ball.

If you didn’t see it, here’s the hit.

I can think of a few reasons Rendon didn’t lay out. Of one, it was 4-0 in the bottom of the seventh, meaning that a bloop single isn’t all that important. At least not worth risking the health of a guy who missed a couple of months with knee problems and an oblique strain in the service of some pointless effort to prevent a hit that, a neat bit of history aside, would have little actual significance. Plus, I’ve watched it three times now and I don’t think Rendon catches it on a back-to-the-infield lay out catch anyway. What say you, Mr. Yates?

Honestly, I don’t think Rendon would have caught it anyway.

I guess we’re done here.

Gallegos agrees to $11M, 2-year contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.