Cespedes, of course, played for Detroit in 2015, at least until he was traded to the Mets at the deadline in late July. Gordon, of course, has always been a Royal. The Tigers’ current outfield alignment consists of J.D. Martinez, Anthony Gose and Cameron Maybin. While Gose and Maybin could be a nice center field combo, Brad Ausmus likely doesn’t want both of them in the lineup at the same time all that often. As such, Detroit getting a left fielder with a decent bat seems fairly essential.
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.