Jonathan Lucroy tells the Denver Post that he is “absolutely” interested in re-signing with the Rockies.
It’s certainly understandable that Lucroy has been enjoying himself in Colorado more than he was in Texas, where he played until a July 30 trade. He’s hitting .274/.388/.400 in 30 games with the Rockies after putting up a .242/.297/.338 line in 77 games with Texas. And, of course, the Rockies are likely playoff bound and are on a six-game winning streak which has a way of making things seem nicer. Lucroy:
“It’s been easy to fit in here. What I like is that this team is hungry and they all have the same goal in mind, and that’s to win a championship. I really feel that here. The guys have made me feel welcome and accepted me into the fold. … I’d absolutely (be interested) in coming back.”
Lucroy is finishing up the option year on the end of the five-year deal he signed with Milwaukee before the 2012 season. That paid him $16.25 million in all, which was an absolute steal for his production over that time.
Still, he’s 31 and will be coming off a down year overall, so it’ll be a tough market for him, so his future will no doubt be up in the air as the season comes to a close.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.