Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom had himself a day against the Marlins on Wednesday. The right-hander helped his own cause, hitting a solo home run in the top of the third inning off of Trevor Richards, pushing the lead to 2-0. On the pitching side of things, deGrom set a new career-high with 14 strikeouts. deGrom had registered 13 strikeouts in a game four times, including twice last year.
The homer is the second of deGrom’s career. He also homered on June 18, 2017 against the Nationals. The guy does it all.
Across his seven shutout innings, deGrom limited the Marlins to two hits and a walk. It’s the eighth time in his career deGrom has gone at least seven innings while limiting the competition to two or fewer hits.
Two starts into the 2019 season, deGrom has yet to allow a run. He tossed six shutout innings with 10 strikeouts on Opening Day against the Nationals.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.