Earlier, we learned that Giants catcher Buster Posey would miss the 2018 All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. due to inflammation in his right hip. Now, we have learned his replacement: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.
Molina, 35, is now a nine-time All-Star. This season, he’s hitting .278/.320/.495 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 231 plate appearances. He missed about a month between May 6 and June 4 with an, um, unfortunate injury. So he deserves some love for that alone, though he’s certainly deserving for other reasons.
Molina joins fellow catchers Willson Contreras and J.T. Realmuto on the NL All-Star squad. Francisco Cervelli, Yasmani Grandal, and Kurt Suzuki were likely other candidates under consideration for Posey’s roster spot before Molina was selected.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.