In the fifth inning of today’s Cardinals-Cubs game, Kolten Wong ranged back to make a catch on a fly ball on which he went running back, making a looping, falling catch in shallow right field. You can watch it here.
Unfortunately Wong was slow to get up and slow to get off the field. He came to bat in the top of the sixth, struck out and then was removed from the game in the bottom of the seventh. The Cardinals then announced that Wong had left the game with the head contusion.
He’ll likely be checked for a concussion. You can assume that he won’t play in the nightcap of today’s doubleheader.
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.