This is odd and fun. Not as uncommon as you might expect, but still uncommon enough not to go unnoticed and unremarked upon. The Marlins, 3-2 winners over the Dodgers yesterday, had no runs batted in.
Miami scored two runs in the first inning, first on an Andre Ethier throwing error and then on a Clayton Kershaw wild pitch. Their third and final run scored on a Joc Pederson error in the second.
According to Redditor jigokusabre, This marks the 32nd time a team scored three or more runs with no runs batted in since 1954. The most runs scored in that time in which none were officially batted in was with five, which the Reds did in a 1971 game against the Astros. Four teams have score four runs with zero RBI, the most recent coming when the White Sox did it to the Mariners in 1995. The last time a team scored three runs without an RBI came in 2008, in which the Orioles did in a loss.
And this isn’t the first time the Marlins have done it: they scored three runs without an RBI in a 4-3 loss to the Reds in 2005.
Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.
Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.
The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.
The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.