Coco Crisp rejoins A’s after two months on disabled list

2 Comments

Out since late May with a neck injury, veteran outfielder Coco Crisp is off the disabled list and back on the A’s active roster.

Crisp’s neck problems are chronic and he was terrible before being shut down, going 2-for-45 (.044) in 13 games. Toss in the fact that he’s 35 years old and expectations for his performance down the stretch should be minimal.

He’s being paid $11 million this season and is owed another $11 million in 2016.

Lucas Giolito earns second shutout of season

Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Leave a comment

The Twins have arguably baseball’s scariest offense. Their average of 5.87 runs per game is second only to the Yankees (5.90) while leading the league in slugging percentage (.501), OPS (.840), and home runs (244). White Sox starter Lucas Giolito made their offense look impotent on Wednesday, blanking them over nine innings for his second shutout of the season. The White Sox won 4-0.

Giolito allowed just three hits and walked none while fanning 12 batters over his nine innings of work. He’s now 14-6 with a 3.20 ERA and a 194/51 K/BB ratio in 151 2/3 innings on the season. Giolito is very much in the AL Cy Young Award picture. The Astros’ Justin Verlander leads the league in ERA at 2.81. A strong finish to the season for Giolito could certainly see his ERA dip below 3.00.

As mentioned, Wednesday’s shutout was Giolito’s second of the season. He and the Indians’ Shane Bieber are the only pitchers with multiple shutouts this season. They are two of only 21 pitchers with a shutout.