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Brett Cecil finally allows an earned run, ending streak dating back to last June

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On June 21 last year, Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil surrendered four runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Orioles, bumping his ERA up to a ghastly 5.96. That would be the last time the lefty would allow an earned run that season.

Between June 24 and October 3, Cecil appeared in 37 games and yielded only two runs, both unearned. Over 31 2/3 innings in that span of time, opposing hitters racked up a mere 17 hits and four walks while striking out 44 times. Cecil’s streak continued into 2016, as he worked a scoreless inning with two strikeouts on Monday against the Rays. 38 consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run tied him with Craig Kimbrel for the all-time record, as Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith pointed out on Twitter. Earned runs became an official stat in 1912.

Cecil’s streak ended on Tuesday. Logan Forsythe hit a two-run home run off of Cecil in the bottom of the eighth to give the Rays a 3-2 lead. Cue “I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan.

Mets trade Wilmer Font to the Blue Jays

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The Mets announced a few minutes ago that they have traded Wilmer Font to Toronto for cash considerations.

Font was acquired by the Mets from Tampa Bay for a player to be named later back in early May. That player to be named later was later named: Neraldo Catalina. Catalina is 19 and is playing rookie ball right now. The Mets have now turned him into cash. I suppose we’ll see if that was a good idea in a few years.

As for the Jays, they get a pitcher who posted a 5.79 ERA in 10 relief appearances for the Rays and then started three games and relieved 12 in New York to the tune of a 4.94 ERA. On the season he has a combined K/BB ratio of 42/18 in 45 innings.

He’s an arm. He cost cash. That’s about all I have to say about that.