In the old days — say, three years ago — someone with Barnes’ stuff and pedigree would’ve followed a natural career progression: seventh inning, eighth inning, closer, All-Star, multimillion dollar contract. Name your closer, and Barnes’s numbers are every bit as eye-popping, whether it’s his 1.42 ERA, 16.6 strikeouts per nine innings, or 35-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Posted: May 21, 2019, 7:13 pm
Major League Baseball wants to give the United Kingdom a taste of America’s pastime when the Yankees and Red Sox visit next month. Based on the playing surface they’re going to use, however, they may as well have sent the Blue Jays and the Rays: Major League Baseball has access to Olympic Stadium for 21 days before the games on June 29 and 30, the sport’s first regular-season contests in Europe, and just five days after to clear out. The league concluded that there was not enough time to install real grass.
Posted: May 21, 2019, 5:55 pm
The New York Mets five-game losing streak came to an end after defeating the Washington Nationals 5-3 in MLB. New York scored four runs in the first three innings to take a lead they would never relinquish against Washington on Monday. It was a nice distraction from earlier headlines, which included questions surrounding manager Mickey Callaway’s job and a non-baseball related injury to Yoenis Cespedes.
Posted: May 21, 2019, 6:00 am
New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes suffered multiple fractures of his right ankle during a “violent fall” on Saturday, according to the Mets. The incident occurred at Cespedes’ ranch in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen told reporters on Monday that Cespedes stepped in a hole. “He twisted and put his leg and foot in a difficult position,” said Van Wagenen, adding that Cespedes didn’t fall off a horse.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 10:00 pm
Benching Jackie Bradley was never an option, but first homer of season reminds us what he can be originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com It took nearly two months, but on Monday Jackie Bradley’s drought finally ended. The Gold Glove center fielder, mired in a historically brutal slump even by his standards, launched his first home run of the year in a 12-2 pounding of the Blue Jays. His opposite-field shot in the sixth played no role in the outcome — the Red Sox were already cruising to victory — but the badly needed blast came with more of us questioning his place in the everyday lineup.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 9:19 pm
originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com Michael Chavis’ run for American League Rookie of the Year took another positive step forward in the Boston Red Sox’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday afternoon. Chavis crushed a two-run home run, his second blast in as many days, deep to left field at Rogers Centre to give Boston a 6-2 lead in the third inning. It was Chavis’ ninth home run of the season, tying him with J.D. Martinez for the second-most on the team.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 6:57 pm
Red Sox star Mookie Betts’ focus on next World Series title, not new contract originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts’ next contract is going to be the biggest off-the-field story surrounding the franchise until the outfielder makes a decision on his future, but right now, he’s squarely focused on winning the second World Series championship of his career. Betts is able to hit the market as an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 MLB season, but he’s not giving the scenario too much thought at the moment, per the Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham. “No.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 4:47 pm
The Boston Red Sox activated left-hander David Price from the 10-day injured list, and he’s scheduled to start Monday afternoon against the Blue Jays in Toronto. The 33-year-old Price is in his 12th major league season. In other moves, the Red Sox reinstated catcher Sandy Leon from paternity leave and optioned catcher Oscar Hernandez and right-hander Josh Smith to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 4:21 pm
Jim Allen of Kyodo News reports that Koji Uehara has retired from baseball. Uehara, 44, has spent the past two seasons with the Yomiuri Giants, which is the where he began his career way back in 1998. He spent eight years there as a starter, winning 20 games in his rookie season, then one year as a closer and one year in swingman duties before coming to the United States.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:45 pm
Take away George Springer and Jose Altuve, and maybe the Houston Astros start to look a little more beatable. The Boston Red Sox finally snapped Houston’s 10-game winning streak Sunday with a 4-3 victory after Springer left the game with lower back stiffness. The Astros were already playing without Altuve, on the injured list with a strained left hamstring, but that injury did little to slow Houston.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 6:48 am