Michael Cuddyer is out of the lineup again today as a “precaution” regarding his knee. Indeed, he has missed six out of the last eight games with a sore left knee, that reportedly swells up every game.
Cuddyer, the Mets’ big splash offensive addition this past offseason, is hitting .240/.292/.356 with six homers. This after playing just 49 games last year. He’s making $8.5 million this year and $12.5 million next year.
Cuddyer will have his knee looked at in New York when the Mets return from the current road trip. Until that time, Mets fans can ask themselves whether it’s better that he’s being overpaid to not play as opposed to being overpaid to play.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.