J.D. Martinez waited and waited and waited. The Boston Crimson Sox waited and waited and waited. Lastly, in what all the time felt like a preordained final result, the 2 sides agreed to a contract in late February. Even when this marriage remains to be in its honeymoon stage, it appears to be like like one that can have many comfortable moments: Martinez is on hearth, proving his 2017 monster season was no accident.
Martinez blasted a two-run homer within the first inning in Boston’s 6-Four win over the A’s and is hitting .344/.395/.644 with 12 house runs and 36 RBIs in 41 video games. The Crimson Sox wanted an influence hitter and so they have one:
— MLB (@MLB) Might 16, 2018
That is seven house runs in 14 video games for Martinez, and he has reached base in 21 consecutive video games. His numbers over the previous two seasons: 160 G, .314/.381/.677, 57 HR, 140 RBIs.
The Crimson Sox are second within the majors in runs per recreation behind solely the Yankees, and after rating final within the AL in house runs in 2017, they’re tied for second this 12 months with 59, behind Cleveland’s 64. With Mookie Betts even hotter than Martinez, Xander Bogaerts again from his DL stint and raking (he additionally homered Wednesday) and Mitch Moreland slugging over .600, it is a scary lineup with the potential to get higher. Rafael Devers hasn’t achieved a lot but (.245/.286/.423), the catchers have been a giant zero and Eduardo Nunez hasn’t contributed filling in for Dustin Pedroia, who has began his rehab stint within the minors.
Is Martinez value $110 million? Thus far, so good.
Justin Verlander is pitching higher than peak Justin Verlander: In a collection performed with a playoff-like depth, Verlander went the gap in a 2-Zero victory over the Angels, his first shutout with the Astros and the eighth of his profession. It appears bizarre that he has solely eight profession shutouts — heck, Fernando Valenzuela threw eight his rookie season in 1981 — but it surely’s a reminder that nowadays no person throws full video games. So respect them when do they occur!
.@JustinVerlander vs. Ohtani was the matchup we wanted.
Benefit: JV pic.twitter.com/yvEiVH18rF
— MLB (@MLB) Might 17, 2018
Verlander cruised by way of seven innings with 83 pitches. The Angels obtained runners on second and third with one out — Kole Calhoun‘s double to middle bounced over the wall, in any other case Ian Kinsler seemingly would have scored — however Verlander struck out Luis Valbuena trying on a 97 mph heater that caught the within nook. The decision elicited some complaints from Valbuena and Mike Scioscia (I am fairly positive no supervisor complains extra about referred to as strikes than Scioscia), but it surely was a strike. Verlander then obtained Mike Trout on a dribbler again to the mound, and Verlander pumped his fist in pleasure.
It was his recreation to complete off. Like it. The Angels did get a success and stroll with two outs within the ninth, however Zack Cozart popped as much as first — a 97 mph fastball on Verlander’s 118th pitch.
His season stats: 5-2 in 10 begins, 1.05 ERA, 84 strikeouts in 68.2 innings, .148 batting common allowed. How are Daz Cameron, Franklin Perez and Jake Rogers doing within the minors?
Braves get robbed, beat Cubs anyway: Cubs middle fielder Albert Almora stole a house run from Tyler Flowers with this nice catch:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) Might 17, 2018
The ball had a 95 p.c hit expectancy. Alas, baseball.
The sport was tied 1-1 when the Braves scored three runs within the eighth off the normally robust Carl Edwards Jr., who has allowed seven runs in his final three appearances. The highest of the lineup did the injury. Ozzie Albies tripled with one out, Ronald Acuna Jr. singled him in and Freddie Freeman‘s single (plus three walks, one intentional) would result in two extra runs and a Four-1 Atlanta win. Notice:
Freddie Freeman constantly DESTROYS the shift. Groups hold shifting anyway. Eighth inning, Cubs placed on huge shift, Freeman chops a floor ball to left subject. If solely extra may do it …
— Joe Posnanski (@JPosnanski) Might 17, 2018
I noticed one other man beat a shift in an earlier recreation that helped break issues open as effectively. The Rangers and Mariners have been tied Zero-Zero within the eighth when Isiah Kiner-Falefa led off with a base hit. Rougned Odor then reached on a drag bunt to the second baseman, who was taking part in was again in a deep shift. That led to the go-ahead run (and the Rangers broke it open with 4 extra runs within the ninth). Would like to see extra of this. Beat the shift sufficient and so they’ll cease shifting on you.
Quote of the 12 months: Talking of the Rangers, that recreation was Zero-Zero as a result of Bartolo Colon tossed a gem with 7.2 scoreless innings. He did that taking a 102 mph line drive off his abdomen early within the recreation. His remark afterward: “I have a big belly, so I can take it.”
OK, that is humorous, and that is superb: In 16 profession begins at Safeco Area, Colon is 14-1 with a 1.98 ERA. As any person on Twitter identified, Colon is so outdated he truly pitched towards the Mariners at Safeco in a playoff recreation.
With Colon throwing so effectively (2.82 ERA) and the Rangers not going anyplace, they might need to take into account buying and selling him sooner fairly than later, given he did not pitch effectively in 2017. He will not return greater than a lottery ticket type of prospect, however it’s a must to assume groups in want of rotation assist may be inquisitive about Colon.
There is no crying in baseball: What’s with all of the whining of late? Sticking with the Rangers, Joey Gallo made one of many stranger feedback of the season when he stated he does not need to play third base. “I don’t want it. I don’t like it,” he stated earlier than Wednesday’s recreation. “I hate it, no joke. I hate third base. … I’ve played other positions, realized how bad third base can be on my body.”
OK, that sounds unhealthy. I am not precisely positive why third base could be more durable on his physique than left subject or first base. And he did say he’d don’t have any drawback taking part in there if requested (he is been taking part in left of late and hasn’t performed third this season). I suppose he is being sincere, however, man, possibly you need to get your common greater than .200 earlier than you begin making an attempt to dictate the place you need to play.
In the meantime, Miguel Cabrera complained that he is “done playing hurt.” Cabrera is out with a hamstring subject and was eligible to come back off the disabled checklist Monday, however he has had lingering soreness in his again and hips. He does not need to undergo what he did final 12 months, when he performed by way of some accidents and hit .249.
“Nobody appreciates you when you play hurt,” he stated, “so I’m going to take my time and play when I’m good. I played hurt a lot of years here in Detroit. They don’t appreciate it.”
I might recommend there are about 30 million causes how the Tigers truly present their appreciation, and I get that Cabrera did not just like the numbers he put up final season, however I suppose the query is: What is nice well being? Ought to the face of the franchise be anticipated to suck it up and play even when he isn’t 100 p.c? Cabrera is also 35; it is attainable he’ll by no means actually be 100 p.c at his age. By the best way, that is simply the third 12 months of Cabrera’s eight-year deal that runs by way of 2023 — when he’ll make $32 million at age 40.
Lastly … The Marlins beat the Dodgers once more, 6-5. The Marlins are 16-26. The Dodgers are 16-26. You’ll be able to’t predict baseball, my associates.