The Phillies have acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the Mets, the teams announced Friday. The Mets will receive right-handed prospect Franklyn Kilome in the exchange.
Cabrera, 32, has looked outstanding at the plate so far this season, slashing .277/.329/.488 with 18 home runs and an .817 OPS through 407 PA. It’s not yet clear where the Phillies plan to utilize him on the field, but a move to shortstop or third base seems most likely as he continues to move toward free agency at the end of the year. According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, the team would prefer not to lock him into one position, but will likely rotate him among second base, short, and third base alongside Cesar Hernandez, Scott Kingery, and Maikel Franco instead.
Kilome, 23, ranked 10th in the Phillies’ system in both the preseason and midseason rankings from MLB Pipeline. While his plus-fastball and improving changeup have earned him high praise over his first full season at Double-A Reading, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the righty. He went 4-6 in 19 starts and finished his run in Double-A with a 4.24 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 through 102 innings in 2018.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.