Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton doesn’t appear to be cooling down anytime soon. The Home Run Derby participant has had an otherworldly second half thus far, entering Tuesday’s action with a .302 average and 17 home runs in 126 plate appearances since the All-Star break. He has homered in five consecutive games.
Make that six. The slugger mashed a 0-1 Madison Bumgarner cut fastball to deep left-center for a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning, tying the game at two apiece. It’s major league-leading homer No. 44 for Stanton on the season.
The record for consecutive games with a home run is eight, held by Don Mattingly, Dale Long, and Ken Griffey, Jr.
Stanton, by the way, is now on pace for over 60 home runs. Entering Tuesday, he was on pace for 60 if you round up from 59.53. No need for rounding now.
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.