In mid-May the Giants demoted veteran third baseman Casey McGehee to Triple-A only to call him back up two weeks later. And now they’ve dropped McGehee again, designating him for assignment after deciding they don’t even want the 32-year-old around in a bench role playing behind new starting third baseman Matt Duffy.
McGehee has been terrible all season, hitting .213 with a .575 OPS in 49 games, and he was plenty bad last year while posting a .712 OPS for the Marlins. Even those underwhelming numbers actually overstate McGehee’s value offensively, because he’s grounded into an MLB-leading 46 double plays since 2014.
I suppose San Francisco deserves some credit for cutting bait on McGehee, but the Giants are also six months removed from trading for him and giving him a $4.8 million contract for this season. Duffy is playing well since replacing McGehee in the lineup, however, so the Giants can sweep it under the rug–or under one of their World Series trophies–and move forward.
2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.
One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.
The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.