The Nationals have re-signed Jeremy Hellickson to a one-year, $1.3 million contract. Jon Heyman reports that there are performance-based incentives in the deal that can push its total value to $4 million.
Hellickson made 19 starts for the Nationals last season, posting an ERA of 3.45 in 91 innings. His strikeout rate was pretty low and he was pretty stingy with hits and walks, but it’s an open question as to whether that was a matter of luck or a function of finding a new gear at the age 31. There’s also the matter of the wrist injury which ended his season in August. It was a sprain, and it should be no issue for 2019.
Either way, this is a cheap enough contract for Washington that they can afford to take a chance on the matter.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.