Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig absolutely crushed a 3-1 fastball from Mets starter Tyler Pill in the bottom of the fourth inning. The three-run blast padded the Dodgers’ lead to 5-1.
Puig took a few seconds to admire his own handiwork as the ball sailed up the bleachers in left-center field at Dodger Stadium. The Mets didn’t take too kindly to that. As Puig rounded the bases, first baseman Wilmer Flores started barking at him. Puig turned around and chirped back. Puig touched home and catcher Travis d'Arnaud had a few words with him.
Per MLB.com’s David Adler, Puig rounded the bases in 32.1 seconds, the second-longest home run trot of the season. Here’s a video of the homer.
We’ll have to see how the Mets decide to treat Puig when he comes back up to bat. Hopefully, cooler heads will prevail. Probably not, though.
The Athletics appear to be closing in on a deal for Mets’ right-hander Jeurys Familia, according to reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney. Nothing has been finalized just yet, however, as the Mets confirmed that they would not be announcing a trade tonight and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic points out that other teams may still be in the mix for Familia’s services. It’s not clear what the A’s would be giving up in any potential deal for the reliever.
Familia, 28, has been pitching well this season. He currently sports a 2.88 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 40 2/3 innings — across-the-board improvements from his last run with the Mets in 2017 — and has racked up 17 saves to boot. He’s due another $3 million for the remainder of 2018, and Rosenthal adds that the club is willing to throw some cash in the deal in order to guarantee a better return for the closer.
While the A’s have one of the better bullpens in the American League, sitting seventh-best with a 3.50 ERA and 2.8 fWAR, they still have a ways to go in order to overtake the Mariners and Astros for a postseason berth by season’s end. Familia’s contract expires at the end of the year, but he should provide enough short-term value to give the A’s the boost they need.