Notes from August 10th
Doubleheader Pitching Dilemma.
With Keuchel pitching in last night’s game, the Astros face a dilemma on what to do for today’s doubleheader. We knew that Doug Fister would get his regular start today in Game 1. Michael Feliz pitched in Tuesday’s game, so who would get the call? Brady Rodgers came to mind, but he pitched last night for the Fresno Grizzlies. Just when I was going to go into full speculation mode, Julia Morales saves the day.
Morales confirmed that Fister would pitch in the first game, and Chris Devenski will get the nod. Devenski last pitched on Sunday where he was the losing pitcher after pitching one inning and gave up two runs. I don’t care about his recent results; Devenski has been very effective in any role he is put in.
The Astros bullpen will be short, but the Astros get to call up a 26th player for the second game of the doubleheader. The Astros will call up left-handed pitcher Kevin Chapman from Triple-A.
Are the Mets After Carlos Gomez?
No sooner that the Astros designated Gomez for assignment did the rumors arise that the New York Mets could be interested in him again this time around. The Mets are in need of a center fielder, but would they take a gamble on Gomez after voiding a deal with him last year?
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For those of you who are not sure about the process of doing a DFA after the non-waiver trade deadline has passed, let’s take a look at it. The Astros will place Gomez on waivers, and any of the other 29 teams could claim him and assume his remaining contract. If he clears waivers, then any team could negotiate with the Astros to work on a trade. The remaining salary can be negotiated for the player in return.
Should the Astros not trade him within the time period, the Astros would then release him and would be on the hook for his remaining salary. Gomez could then sign with another team for the league minimum. The Mets GM is open to bringing Gomez aboard, but can not expand because he is still an Astro unofficially.
Jake Marisnick is the Number One Guy in Center Field.
The biggest winner in the Gomez move is Marisnick, who automatically becomes the everyday guy in center field. He may not have the overall talent that Gomez was at his best. He is the better outfielder at their respective parts of their careers. Marisnick is auditioning for the job in 2017. He has never been a high on-base guy, but he has not had extended playing time. He has a slash line of .225/ .265/ .337/ .602.
He got off to a rough start to his season but has rebounded to hit .301 in July and August. He was one of the reasons the Astros felt comfortable DFAing Gomez.
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***