Bryce Harper added to his home run total on Saturday, cranking a first-pitch homer out to Ashburn Alley to get the Phillies on the board in the first inning. According to Statcast’s projections, the ball registered a total 466 feet, marking his second-longest blast to date and the longest Phillies home run at Citizens Bank Park in the Statcast era.
With the blast, Harper snapped an eight-game streak without an RBI. He last drove in a run on May 7 with a grand slam off of the Cardinals’ Dakota Hudson. Taking Saturday’s performance into account, he’s batting a lackluster .230/.371/.460 with eight homers and an .831 OPS through 197 plate appearances.
Things continued to fall apart for the Rockies in the third inning when Jean Segura scored on a wild pitch to give the Phillies an extra run of support. Ryan McMahon tried to close the gap with an RBI double in the seventh, but it wasn’t quite enough to get the job done. After closing out their 2-1 win, the Phillies improved to a 26-19 record and a two-game lead at the top of the NL East.
Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.
Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.
The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.
The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.