David Shovein

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Dose: Rhys to the Occasion

Saturday, August 26, 2017


 

 

Phillies’ rookie sensation Rhys Hoskins etched his name into the record books on Friday when he slugged a two-run homer in the first inning of a victory over the Cubs.

 

In doing so, he became the fastest player in Major League history to hit nine home runs, accomplishing the feat in only 54 at-bats.

 

He also became the first player since at least 1913 to hit nine or more home runs in his first 16 career games. During that stretch, he has also driven in 21 runs, which ranks as the third highest total for a player’s first 16 games since at least 1913.

 

The moment wasn’t lost on the 24-year-old slugger when asked about it postgame. "It's pretty cool to be mentioned in a sentence about first ever or tied for whatever in MLB history. This game has been going on for hundreds of years, and it's a huge thing. It's an American sport, it really is, so to be mentioned in that definitely an honor. But I don't know if it's hit me yet."

 

He has certainly been impressive through his first 68 plate appearances at the big league level, slashing .286/.412/.786 with nine homers, 21 RBI and a 12/11 K/BB ratio.

 

Remember, Hoskins also clubbed 29 home runs in his 115 games at Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to earning the call up to the Phillies. That’s 38 homers in total on the season, which has already matched his total from the 2016 season.

 

Hoskins is still unowned in nearly 40% of all Yahoo leagues. He looks like he’ll be a solid mixed-league contributor for the remainder of the season.

 

 

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Stanton still Smashing

 

Giancarlo Stanton has been slugging home runs at a prodigious pace in the month of August. That pace only escalated on Friday.

 

In the first inning, Stanton crushed a Travis Wood offering a projected 462 feet to left field for a two-run homer. That blast had an astounding exit velocity of 118.2 mph, making it the hardest home run that he has slugged this season.

 

He wasn’t finished though.

 

Stanton victimized Wood again his next time up in the third inning, this time a solo shot to the opposite field.

 

When he strolled to the plate again in the fourth inning, fans were almost disappointed that all he did was smash a two-run double rather than socking a third ball over the wall.

 

It was his ninth multi-homer game of the 2017 season. He only had nine multi-homer games combined over the previous three seasons.

 

Stanton finished the night 3-for-3 plus a walk and he plated five runs. He now sits at 49 home runs on the season, 12 more than Aaron Judge who has the second highest total in the league.

 

He also has 105 RBI on the season, matching his career-best total from the 2014 season.

 

The next ball that he launches into the stratosphere will be his 50th home run of the season. No big league hitter has eclipsed the 50-homer mark since Chris Davis did so in 2013. No National League hitter has done so since Brewers’ slugger Prince Fielder did so back in 2007.

 

If that next bomb comes during the month of August, he’ll tie the National League record for most home runs in the month with 17.

 

 

Down for the Count

 

To say that the Mets have been snake-bitten by injuries during the 2017 season would be a massive understatement. The turnstiles to the infirmary have been spinning non-stop since the beginning of the season and has been a major reason as to why the Mets are 56-71 and 20 ½ games back in the National League East.

 

They hits just keep on coming though. After losing Michael Conforto to injury earlier in the week to a left shoulder dislocation, star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is about to join him on the disabled list.

 

Cespedes pulled up lame while rounding third base during Friday’s game against the Nationals and had to limp off of the field.

 

General manager Sandy Alderson said after the game that Cespedes would be heading back to the disabled list. The hamstring strain that he suffered is believed to be similar to the one that sidelined him for six weeks earlier in the season and he’s expected to miss a similar amount of time this go-round.

 

With nothing to play for over the final six weeks of the regular season, the Mets may be best-served holding Cespedes out for the duration rather than rushing him back onto the field. Fantasy owners in re-draft leagues can probably cut bait without hesitation at this stage.

 

 

 Brawl Fall-Out

 

The commissioner’s office handed down the suspensions from Thursday’s brawl between the Tigers and Yankees and they’re… surprising… to say the least.

 

Miguel Cabrera was saddled with a seven-game ban for “inciting the first bench-clearing incident and fighting”. That seems fair given his role in the altercation.

 

Alex Wilson was given a four-game ban for his involvement, which was intentionally throwing at Todd Frazier, a fact that he admitted after the game. Nothing wrong with that.

 

Austin Romine will miss two games for his role in the brawl. That, like the others, seems fair.

 

The one that seems to have everyone up in arms is the four-game suspension handed out to Yankees’ catcher Gary Sanchez. His suspension comes for “fighting, including throwing punches”. In reality, it looks like he got off way too light.

 

Sanchez was seen on video basically sucker punching two different Tigers’ players, Miguel Cabrera and Nicholas Castellanos, in their respective faces during the melee. To get by with only a four-game ban for his actions seems extremely light.

 

Tigers’ skipper Brad Ausmus was also handed a one-game suspension as a result of Wilson intentionally beaning Frazier after warnings had been issued to both sides.

 

All players are expected to appeal their suspensions and will continue playing until those appeals are heard.

 

 

American League Quick Hits:  The Rays signed Danny Espinosa to a one-year contract after he was released by the Mariners… The MRI on Robinson Cano’s hamstring didn’t reveal anything serious and he’s considered day-to-day… The White Sox placed Yoan Moncada on the 10-day DL with a bone contusion on his right shin… Joe Biagini is expected to be recalled to rejoin the Blue Jays’ rotation on Sunday against the Twins… Andrew Miller has been shut down for the next 5-7 days due to patellofemoral syndrome in his right knee… The MRI on the left knee of Zach Britton came back without issue, meaning he won’t need surgery after the season and isn’t expected to miss any time… Mike Moustakas (knee) missed his second straight game. He’s still considered day-to-day… Miguel Sano hasn’t progressed quickly in his recovery from a stress reaction in his shin and is likely to spend more than the minimum allotted time on the disabled list… Nicky Delmonico was scratched from the White Sox lineup on Friday due to a sprained right wrist… Jose Altuve sat out Friday’s game due to neck discomfort… Nicholas Castellanos was a late scratch from the Tigers’ lineup due to left wrist soreness… Eduardo Nunez was lifted from Friday’s game after suffering a sprained left wrist in a collision at second base with Manny Machado. He’s considered day-to-day after X-rays came back negative… The Angels picked up right-hander Blake Wood off of waivers from the Reds… Ryan Merritt hurled 6 2/3 shutout innings in a victory over the Royals… Francisco Lindor had a jack and a bag, leading the Tribe’s offense in the win… Justin Smoak crushed his 35th homer in a loss to the Twins… Ageless wonder Bartolo Colon fired 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball to beat the Blue Jays despite not striking out a single batter… Trey Mancini had three hits and four RBI as the Orioles routed the Red Sox… Miguel Gonzalez fanned nine over eight innings of two-run ball in a no-decision against the Tigers… Edwin Diaz worked a scoreless 11th inning against the Yankees to earn his 30th save of the season… Yonder Alonso crushed a go-ahead solo homer off of Aroldis Chapman in the 11th inning on Friday… Corey Dickerson went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a walk as the Rays topped the Cardinals… Khris Davis slugged a pair of solo home runs in a win over the Rangers… Kendall Graveman surrendered just one run over seven innings in a win over the Rangers.

 

 

National League Quick Hits: The Mets activated Jeurys Familia (shoulder) from the 60-day disabled list. He’s expected to be eased back into the closer’s role, though A.J. Ramos isn’t likely to surrender the gig without a battle… Matt Harvey is expected to rejoin the Mets’ rotation once rosters expand on September 1… Ross Stripling will start for the Dodgers on Saturday against the Brewers in place of the injured Alex WoodMax Scherzer (neck) made it through Friday’s bullpen session without issue and is expected to start one of the games of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Mets… Johnny Cueto (forearm) is expected to make his final minor league rehab start with High-A San Jose on Sunday… Jon Lester (shoulder, lat) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Monday and if all goes well he could rejoin the Cubs’ rotation next weekend… Grant Dayton announced Friday that he’ll undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday which will force him to miss the entire 2018 season… Marcell Ozuna launched his 30th home run in a victory over the Padres and also eclipsed the 100 RBI mark for the first time in his career… Jacob deGrom racked up 10 strikeouts while allowing just one run over 7 2/3 innings in a dominant win over the Nationals… Freddy Galvis had two hits and swiped two bases as the Phillies beat the Cubs… Cesar Hernandez had three hits and three RBI in that one… Reds’ top pitching prospect Tyler Mahle will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to start against the Pirates on Sunday… Francisco Cervelli exited Friday’s game due to left quad discomfort. He’s day-to-day… Josh Bell went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in a losing effort against the Reds… Adam Duvall socked his 30th homer in a losing effort… Robert Stephenson struck out a career-high 11 batters over 5 2/3 frames in a win over the Pirates…Paul Goldschmidt belted his 30th home run in a victory over the Giants… Matt Kemp had three hits and a homer in a win against the Rockies.... Kenta Maeda allowed just one hit over six innings in a victory over the Brewers.



Dave Shovein is a baseball writer for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveShovein.
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