After reversing course on a trade for Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez the Mets turned their attention to Reds right fielder Jay Bruce, and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the “expectation among many in industry is that deal will happen.”
To get Gomez the Mets were set to give up right-hander Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores. No word yet on the exact return needed to snag the 28-year-old Bruce, but Rosenthal wrote yesterday that the Reds were willing to take Wheeler for him.
Bruce and Gomez are vastly different players, but they’re both signed for next season and clearly the Mets wanted any outfield pickup to be more than just a two-month rental. Bruce struggled last season, but has returned to his usual production this year by hitting .257 with 17 homers and an .827 OPS in 97 games to match his .826 OPS from 2010-2013.
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.