Giancarlo Stanton got off to an auspicious start to his Yankees career, smashing a pair of home runs in an Opening Day win over the Blue Jays. Since then, the slugger has struggled, culminating in a five-strikeout performance in Tuesday’s 11-4 win over the Rays.
Stanton and the Marlins’ Chad Wallach are the only players to strike out five times in a game so far this season. It happened five times last season with Brian Dozier, Javier Baez, Nelson Cruz, Matt Davidson, and Odubel Herrera. The last Yankee to strike out five times in a game was David Adams on September 29, 2013 against the Astros. Stanton had never accomplished the “feat” until Tuesday.
After Tuesday’s action, Stanton is batting .211/.348/.632 with the two home runs as well as four RBI and four runs scored in 23 trips to the plate.
The good news for the Yankees is that they didn’t need Stanton’s bat to hang up double digits on the Rays. Didi Gregorius hit a pair of three-run homers and added a two-run single in a four-hit, eight-RBI performance. The last Yankee to knock in eight runs in a game was Alex Rodriguez on April 26, 2005 against the Angels. He had three homers and 10 RBI that day. Five players in baseball had eight-RBI games last year: Andrew McCutchen, Chris Iannetta, Mookie Betts, Scooter Gennett (4 HR, 10 RBI), and Anthony Rendon (3 HR, 10 RBI).
The Mets have acquired right-handed reliever Brooks Pounders from the Indians for cash considerations, the teams reported Saturday. Despite his limited and varied major-league experience, Pounders has put up intriguing numbers at the Triple-A level and is expected to step into a not-insignificant role with the Mets’ relief corps.
Pounders, 28, signed a minor-league deal with the Indians last December and pitched to a healthy 2.31 ERA, 2.8 BB/8, and 11.8 SO/9 over his first 35 innings in Cleveland’s farm system. He hasn’t taken the mound in a major-league setting since 2018, however, when he appeared in 14 games with the Rockies and labored through a much more unsightly 7.63 ERA, 1.2 BB/9, and 10.0 SO/9 across 15 1/3 frames. Still, his peripherals are promising, and there’s no question the Mets could use some help bolstering a bullpen that currently ranks eighth-worst in the league with a collective 5.31 ERA and 0.2 fWAR.
In subsequent roster moves, fellow righty Tyler Bashlor was sent back to Triple-A Syracuse for the second time this season, while Héctor Santiago was designated for assignment, Tim Peterson was optioned to Triple-A, and Chris Flexen was recalled from Triple-A. It’s been a less-than-ideal campaign for Bashlor so far this year: through 13 relief appearances for the club, he lost control of a bloated 5.23 ERA, 5.4 BB/9, and 9.3 SO/9 in 11 2/3 innings and had not been utilized in a game since June 2.