UPDATE: In the seventh, Teheran got Jay Bruce to pop out, struck out Yoenis Cespedes and then . . . Asdrubal Cabrera golfed a clean double down the right field line. Oh well. The game is still pretty fun. At least if you’re not a Mets fan.
3:04 PM: I’m watching the dang game and I didn’t realize until a few moments ago, but Braves starter Julio Teheran is no-hitting the New York Mets through six innings of their game at Citi Field this afternoon.
The reason I didn’t notice it was because I’m still reeling from the murder spree I’ve been witnessing this afternoon. The murder is of the Mets pitching staff by the Braves hitters. As I type this it’s 11-0 in the top of the seventh. Kurt Suzuki, Ronald Acuña, and Ozzie Albies all have homers and Nick Markakis is 3-for-3 with three RBI. It’s been like batting practice. They just chased Matt Harvey, who gave up five runs in two innings of work. Part of me wonders if that’s the last work Harvey ever gets as a Met.
As for Teheran, he’s only at 71 pitches though sixth and has walked only one guy and has struck out five. We’ll keep you posted.
The first truly big free agent signing of the offseason has gone down: the Chicago White Sox just announced that they have signed catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal.
Grandal, 31, was the best catcher available in free agency. He is coming off a fine year with the Milwaukee Brewers, with whom he had to settle for a one-year pact in 2019. He hit .246/.380/.468 with 28 homers and 77 driven in. It was his fourth straight season with 20+ homers. While his catching has been criticized due to some high-profile mistakes in the postseason, the two-time All-Star once again proved himself to be one of the best pitch-framers in the game if not the best. Between the bat and the glove he has a claim to being one of the best all-around catchers in baseball.
The signing leaves open the question of what happens to James McCann, who was himself an All-Star this year. It’s not that hard a question, of course, as Grandal is a far superior catcher to McCann in every respect. The Sox could make McCann a backup. Alternatively, they could try to trade him to fill other holes on the roster.
The White Sox finished 72-89 in 2019 but are showing signs of coming out of rebuilding mode and into contention mode. This signing pushes them a big step into that direction.