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Settling the Scores: Saturday’s Results

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Paul Goldschmidt hit two homers for the second night in a row and drove in four on his 3-for-4 night to help the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies. It was also the fourth game in a row that he’s had three or more hits. On May 22 he was hitting .198/.320/.355 with five homers. He’s now hitting .250/.360/.496 with 12 homers. I guess that happens when you set things to God Mode for a while.

Ji-Man Choi of the Brewers hit a two-out, pinch-hit grand slam in the sixth inning off of Phillies reliever Luis Garcia to give the Brewers a 6-3 lead in a game they had been trailing 3-2. After that the wheels fell off, with Milwaukee scoring six more unanswered runs in the final three frames. Philly’s bullpen is something of a tire fire, y’all.

Elsewhere around baseball, Trevor Story also hit two homers in that Arizona-Colorado game, albeit in a losing cause. Jon Lester allowed one hit over seven innings and his mates completed the one-hitter as the Cubs shut out the Pirates. Danny Duffy shut out the A’s for seven and struck out ten in the Royals victory.

Aaron Judge‘s seventh-inning homer lifted the Yankees to yet another win over the Mets, pushing their record to 42-18 in 60 games — that’s .700 ball, folks — and sending the boys from Queens to their eighth straight defeat. The Rays broke their eight-game losing streak by defeating Seattle.

Standings-wise, the Yankees continue to hold off the Red Sox by a half game in the AL East, Houston’s win and Seattle’s loss brings those two to a tie in the West, the Braves and Nats both won, keeping them basically even in the NL East, the Brewers maintain a half game lead over the charging Cubs in the Central and the Dbacks’ win, along with the losses by the Rockies, Dodgers and Giants, give Arizona a 2.5 game cushion out West.

Here are the scores:

Nationals 7, Giants 5
Brewers 12, Phillies 3
Blue Jays 4, Orioles 3
Angels 2, Twins 1
Cubs 2, Pirates 0
Red Sox 4, White Sox 2
Royals 2, Athletics 0
Tigers 4, Indians 2
Cardinals 6, Reds 4
Padres 5, Marlins 4
Rays 7, Mariners 3
Astros 4, Rangers 3
Yankees 4, Mets 3
Diamondbacks 12, Rockies 7
Braves 5, Dodgers 3

Yasmani Grandal signs a four-year, $73 million deal with the White Sox

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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.