Daily Dose: Bronx BargainFriday, August 22, 2014
The Yankees don't look like a playoff team at the moment, but Brandon McCarthy continues to be a revelation in pinstripes.
McCarthy tossed his fourth career shutout Thursday in a 3-0 victory over the Astros at Yankee Stadium. He outdueled Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel, who went the distance (eight innings in this case) in the loss. The game took just two hours and seven minutes to complete, making it the fastest nine-inning home game for the Yankees since 1996. McCarthy was very efficient in the victory, throwing 79 out of 107 pitches for strikes. He allowed just four hits and no walks while striking out eight batters.
McCarthy was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA over 18 starts with the Diamondbacks prior to being traded to the Yankees last month, but his secondary numbers hinted at better and he was also showing increased velocity. The deal was a worthwhile gamble by Yankees general manager Brian Cashman at the time, but nobody could have expected what we have seen so far. After Thursday's brilliant outing, McCarthy now owns a 1.90 ERA and 51/7 K/BB in 52 innings with New York. With his excellent sinker and renewed use of his cutter, he has allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven out of his eight starts. At the very least, he's setting himself up very nicely for free agency.
By the way, McCarthy is still available in more than half of Yahoo leagues. That shouldn't be the case.
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Bye Bye, Beckham
Thursday marked the end of the "Gordon Beckham Era" in Chicago, as the White Sox traded him to the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The White Sox were likely to non-tender Beckham this offseason, so they simply decided to move on a little bit early.
Selected eighth overall in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Beckham had a lot of hype as a prospect and showed some promise when he finished fifth in the American League Rookie of the Year balloting in 2009, but he simply hasn't progressed as hoped. He has hit just .240/.299/.359 over 636 games since the start of 2010 and turns 28 next month. The Angels figure to use him as a backup infielder the rest of the way.
As for the White Sox, they will call up Carlos Sanchez to take Beckham's spot on the active roster. The 22-year-old is hitting .293/.349/.412 with seven homers and 16 steals over 110 games in Triple-A this season, but he's not as interesting as Marcus Semien, who is expected to join the White Sox on September. Still, Sanchez is worth using in AL-only leagues for now. Top prospect Micah Johnson, who was shut down for the season this week with a hamstring injury, should be the front-runner for the starting second base job going into spring training next year. File that name away, fantasy owners.
Richards to Have Knee Surgery Friday
It was assumed that Garrett Richards was lost for the season after he crumpled to the ground with a painful-looking left knee injury on Wednesday at Fenway Park in Boston, but we received official confirmation Thursday. The young Angels' ace has a patellar tear in his knee and will undergo surgery Friday, which is expected to keep him sidelined for six to nine months. As of now, the Angels don't think it will affect his readiness for 2015, but that's obviously subject to change.
The injury is a challenging blow for the Angels, as Richards has quickly evolved into one of the American League's best pitchers. After posting a 4.42 ERA over his first 230 innings in the majors, he has put up a fantastic 2.61 ERA and 164/51 K/BB ratio over 168 2/3 innings this season. The Angels could turn to left-hander Wade LeBlanc to fill his spot in the rotation for now, but look for them to seek alternatives on revocable waivers leading up to August 31.
AL Quick Hits: Making his return to Tropicana Field, David Price was handed a tough-luck loss Thursday after allowing just an unearned run on one hit and no walks over eight innings against the Rays … Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) is scheduled to face live hitters Saturday … Justin Verlander (shoulder) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Thursday and appears on track to return Saturday against the Twins … David Ortiz (back) sat out Thursday's game against the Angels … Alex Cobb struck out six batters over seven scoreless innings in a win over the Tigers on Thursday … An MRI on Salvador Perez's right knee came back negative … Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game due to a family medical emergency, but the hope is that he could be ready to play Friday … Yan Gomes left Thursday's game against the Twins with concussion-like symptoms and will be re-evaluated Friday … Matt Shoemaker brought a no-hitter into the seventh inning and ended up tossing 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a win over the Red Sox on Thursday … Mike Napoli (back) missed his second straight game Thursday … Phil Hughes tossed seven innings of one-run ball in a win over the Indians on Thursday … Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that Allen Craig (foot) could consider offseason Lisfranc surgery … The Athletics are considering using Drew Pomeranz or Jesse Chavez for a spot start next week …
NL Quick Hits: Clayton Kershaw struck out 10 batters over eight innings of one-run ball in a win over the Padres on Thursday … Hanley Ramirez (oblique) is expected to return from the disabled list Sunday … Buster Posey went 4-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored Thursday in a win over the Cubs … Justin Upton stayed hot Thursday by going 2-for-3 with three RBI, a walk, and a run scored Thursday against the Reds … Joey Votto (quad) remains without a timetable for his return … Julio Teheran fired six scoreless innings in Thursday's win over the Reds … Hyun-Jin Ryu (glute) is expected to be activated around when he's first eligible on August 30 … Denard Span went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base and scored the winning run Thursday against the Diamondbacks … Tyson Ross allowed two runs over eight innings Thursday in a loss to the Dodgers … Gio Gonzalez tossed seven shutout innings Thursday against the Diamondbacks … Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) is expected to avoid the disabled list and could pitch as soon as Friday… Homer Bailey (elbow) has yet to resume throwing … Javier Baez is expected to play shortstop while Starlin Castro is on the bereavement list … Giants manager Bruce Bochy expects Brandon Belt (concussion) to return in late September … Justin Turner smacked a go-ahead two-run homer in a win over the Padres on Thursday …