First baseman Yuli Gurriel tied an Astros record on Wednesday afternoon, knocking eight runs in a 14-3 win over the Rockies. The only other Astro to drive in eight runs in one game was J.R. Towles on September 20, 2007 against the Cardinals.
Gurriel smacked a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to break a 1-1 tie. He added a sacrifice fly in the third inning, then cleared the bases with a double in the fourth. Finally, he brought home a run with a ground out in the sixth. He finished 2-for-4 on the day. Following the conclusion of Wednesday’s action, Gurriel is hitting .298/.333/.539 with 23 home runs, 80 RBI, and 62 runs scored on the season.
Gurriel is the third player to knock in eight runs in a game this season. The Athletics’ Josh Phegley did so on May 3 against the Pirates and the Giants’ Brandon Crawford brought home eight runs versus the Rockies on July 15. Interestingly, Gurriel had just two hits, becoming the ninth player since 1908 to knock in eight runs with two or fewer hits. The last player to do that was Eric Chávez on August 30, 2001 against the Orioles.
Wednesday’s victory marked the Astros’ sixth in a row and their 16th in their last 19 games. They now lead the Athletics by 10 games in the AL West.
Charles Gasparino reports that billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen has submitted an offer to buy the Mets for $2 billion as well as an additional $2 billion for SportsNet New York (SNY). The Mets own a 65% controlling interest in SNY. (Full disclosure: Comcast, through NBC Sports Group, owns an 8% share of SNY.)
As Jon Heyman reported yesterday, the Mets were expected to accept the first round of bids by Thursday. Cohen was one of a handful of bidders that also included Josh Harris and David Blitzer, Álex Rodríguez and Jennifer Lopez, and the Reuben brothers.
Cohen and the Wilpons were believed to be in agreement on a deal back in December that would have increased Cohen’s ownership share from 8% to 80% in exchange for $2.6 billion. However, the deal fell through as Cohen grew upset the Wilpons attempted to change the terms of the agreement at the last minute. The two sides have, obviously, patched up their differences.
As Sportico’s Scott Soshnick notes, the offers in the first round of bidding are non-binding. At any rate, given Cohen’s preliminary offer, the Wilpons are likely to collect quite the windfall. Fred Wilpon bought a 50% stake in the Mets for $81 million in 1980 and bought the other half in 2002 for $391 million.
Perhaps with different owners, the Mets could get back to being consistently competitive. Since 2012, the club has sat in the middle-third of the league (rank 11-20) or lower in terms of total payroll.