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Astros demote Jake Marisnick and his 41/1 K/BB ratio

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Despite some significant strikeout issues and a career .228 average, Jake Marisnick was a valuable role player for the Astros the previous few years and was seemingly in line to take on a bigger role this year with left field up for grabs in the spring. He even homered in the team’s first and third games of the season. That really is all he’s contributed to date, though, and the Astros finally sent him down Tuesday night after he posted a 41/1 K/BB ratio and a .141/.151/.282 line in 85 at-bats.

The 41/1 K/BB ratio is along the lines of what one might expect to see from a particularly inept pitcher. Of players with at least 80 plate appearances this year, only the Rangers’ Drew Robinson has a higher strikeout rate than Marisnick’s 47.1%. No one has a lower walk rate than Marisnick’s 1.1%. It’s a pretty incredible combination.

Of the other 40/1 K/BB ratios in baseball history, only one was achieved by a non-pitcher. The Dodgers’ Andy Kosco struck out 40 times and walked once in 228 plate appearances in 1970. A journeyman outfielder, he was an average hitter for much of his career, but he had a miserable season at age 28 and wasn’t invited back by the Dodgers afterwards.

Marisnick, though, will surely get a chance to improve on his current mark if he can put together a few good weeks in Triple-A. The Astros love his defense, and he’s been a strong outfield option against lefties in the past. In the meantime, they’ll probably want to take a look at J.D. Davis, who could be an upgrade over Evan Gattis in the DH spot after hitting .407/.460/.610 in 123 at-bats in Triple-A.

David Price exits start with flu-like symptoms

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Red Sox southpaw David Price was lifted in the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Astros. While there was some initial concern that he might have trigged the elbow tendinitis that has been affecting him lately, manager Alex Cora was quick to clarify the situation as the result of “flu-like symptoms.”

Price pitched just 2/3 of an inning, inducing a first-pitch fly out from Aledmys Díaz, striking out Alex Bregman, and allowing a single to Michael Brantley before making his departure from the mound. He was replaced by rookie right-hander Colten Brewer.

Barring further complications, Price will likely stay on track to make his next scheduled start during the Red Sox’ upcoming road trip. Entering Saturday’s match-up, the 33-year-old lefty carried a 2-2 record in seven starts with a 3.29 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, and 10.1 SO/9 across 41 innings in 2019.

Following Price’s removal, the Red Sox are still tied 0-0 with the Astros in the fifth.