Apparently a 1.54 ERA doesn’t mean as much as it used to.
Veteran reliever Jason Frasor, who was designated for assignment by the Royals last week despite having a 1.54 ERA in 23 innings this season, passed through waivers unclaimed by any of the other 29 teams and has been released.
Frasor had a sub par 18/15 K/BB ratio in 23 innings, so his great ERA was very misleading, but he’s been a solid setup man for the past decade. His one-year contract had about $750,000 remaining on it, which is reasonable enough for some team to snatch him up, but it also had a $550,000 buyout for 2016 that perhaps changed things a bit.
Expect the 37-year-old right-hander to latch on elsewhere, with a good chance he makes it back to the majors before long. Frasor has a 3.52 ERA in 673 career appearances, including a 2.41 ERA in 120 innings since 2013.
The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.
In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.
Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.
Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.