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Kim won his previous five starts while allowing just three runs in 30 innings.
The Cardinals also lost third baseman Nolan Arenado to a right forearm contusion when Plesac hit him with a pitch in the fifth inning.
In the first inning, the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead on singles by Dylan Carlson, Arenado and Yadier Molina.
Reyes tied the game with a 446-foot solo homer in the second inning. Carlson countered with a solo homer in the third inning to put the Cardinals up 2-1.
But the Indians blasted Kim out of the game in their half of the third.
Kim hit Ernie Clement with a pitch with one out, then allowed Hernandez’s two-run homer. One out later Jose Ramirez and Reyes smacked back-to-back homers to push Cleveland’s lead to 5-2.
The Indians added two more runs in the fourth inning. Yu Chang hit a leadoff double and scored on Austin Hedges’ single.
Hedges took second on center fielder Harrison Bader’s throw home. He took third on a bunt and came home on Hernandez’s sacrifice fly to make it 7-2.
Indians left fielder Harold Ramirez protected that margin in the fifth inning with a leaping catch of Molina’s fly ball to the wall with two runners on base.
–Field Level Media
WATCH: Cleveland Indians club four homers to earn split with St. Louis Cardinals
Franmil Reyes hit two homers to power the Cleveland Indians past the visiting St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 Wednesday.
Cesar Hernandez added a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly for the Indians, who earned a split of this two-game series while winning for just the third time in their last nine tries.
Winning pitcher Zach Plesac (6-3) allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings. Relievers Blake Parker, Nick Sandlin, Emmanuel Clase and James Karinchak each threw a scoreless inning of relief to finish off the victory.
Cardinals starting pitcher Kwang Hyun Kim (6-6) allowed five runs on five hits — including a career-high four home runs– in just 2 2/3 innings.
Chicago: The cupboard is not as bare here as widely believed – but it’s close. Firstly, the Cubs have two of the game’s emerging stars in first baseman Anthony Rizzo and shortstop Starlin Castro (when he’s watching the game he’s in). There is also an able and patient management structure, from field boss Dale Sveum through president Theo Epstein. Behind them are three of the higher-potential impact position prospects in infielders Javier Baez and Junior Lake, and outfielder Jorge Soler.
The problem is, the next most interesting thing about the Cubs is the debate over whether st louis cardinals trade rumors jose reyes should commemorate the centennial of Wrigley Field next year (to note 100 years since it was built, as Weeghman Park, for the Chicago Whales of the long-gone Federal League) or in 2016 (to note 100 years since Weeghman bought the Cubs and moved them to his stadium).
Because possibly for the next four seasons, Rizzo and Castro and the When’s-The-Centennial question might be the only things to talk about at 1060 West Addison Street. Cubs fans have to hope Rizzo and Castro are still there by the time Baez and Soler (and to a lesser degree, Lake) get there. And they have to hope that some pitching finds its way there, too. Because right now there’s none, other than the intriguing Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa and his counterpart among domestic spelling confusion, Jeff Samardzija.
Cincinnati: Lost in the debate that lingered through nearly the length of this lengthiest spring training – does Aroldis Chapman close, or get moved to the rotation – was the fact that on September 7, 2012 Chapman imploded. He faced seven Astros in the ninth, struck only one of them, gave up four hits (including a three-run homer to Matt Dominguez), and blew a 3-2 Reds’ lead. Three days later he walked three of the five Pirates he faced. Dusty Baker then gave him 12 days off, and although Chapman recorded saves in his last three appearances, he was no longer the untouchable pitcher of the season’s first five months (4 innings, 3 K’s, 3 BB, 1 hit). He then nearly coughed up Game 1 of the NLDS against the Giants (5-1 lead: two walks, two wild pitches, a hit) while following up with clean but irrelevant innings in the losses in Games 3 and 5.
My point is that, as often happens, debate obscures trouble. Any weaknesses Chapman showed in Arizona this spring (5 strikeouts, 4 walks, in nine innings – an opponents’ batting average of .294) could be attributed to the aborted starting experiment rather than something like, say, a pre-critical-mass arm problem.
That Cincinnati has at least one viable alternative in the pen (Jonathan Broxton was lights out this spring) is not the point. Chapman, as starter or reliever, is the pitching centerpiece of a team in a division where the contenders can all hit, and are separated by their mound strength. If Chapman is not the guy he was most of last year, the Reds are down one asset. As it is now, his failure to convert to the rotation means Cincinnati can’t survive any more of the past yo-yo seasons from the likes of Mike Leake and Homer Bailey. If something serious happens to Chapman, Broxton will adequately replace him – but the bullpen depth, which already hits Manny Parra levels surprisingly early, will be taxed.
Obviously the Reds are improved offensively. Shin-Soo Choo is one of the game’s underrated outfielders (career OPS: .847. Matt Kemp’s career OPS? .853 ) and provided his back woes of the last two weeks are transient, will handle both the leadoff spot and centerfield with ease. That’ll give Billy Hamilton a year to learn to play the position in the minors and become a Vince Coleman-like figure in Cincinnati (without so much of the throwing-firecrackers-at-fans part).
But as Chapman goes, so go the Reds.
Milwaukee: That the Brewers think Corey Hart will be back far earlier than the original July/August timeframe is indicated by their willingness to stick Alex Gonzalez at first base – rather than a prospect like Hunter Morris or a retread veteran – in his absence. With Hart’s bat, the Brewers’ new formula – in which at least four of the guys (Aoki, Gomez, Segura, Weeks) are as much about getting on as getting over – can churn out runs. Without him there’s a dead spot in the middle of the lineup and suddenly Ron Roenicke is depending on catcher Jonathan Lucroy to drive in 90 runs.
The Brewers’ starting pitching may have been better than thought even before they ransomed Kyle Lohse from The Island Of Misfit Scott Boras Clients. Yovanni Gallardo is a stud and Wily Peralta will eventually be one, leaving quality needed from only two of the group consisting of Marco Estrada, Mike Fiers, Chris Narveson, and the AAA rotation.
Milwaukee can win this division but all the ifs will have to turn in their favor. Lohse will have to succeed outside of St. Louis, Hart will have to heal quickly and hit hard, and Peralta will have to be ready now. Because the bullpen could be a disaster. John Axford blew 9 of 44 save chances last year, briefly lost his job to a terrified looking Jim Henderson – and there is no depth behind them short of imported lefty specialists Mike Gonzalez and Tom Gorzelanny.
Pittsburgh: With a few breaks the Pirates could leap into contention this season, but if the Brewers need all the ifs to run in their favor, Pittsburgh needs that from ifs nobody’s yet envisioned. It speaks to the degree the franchise has shed its farce label that Russell Nathan Coltrane Jeanson Martin chose to sign up rather than stay with the Yankees; it speaks to reality that only after he rallied with a strong September did Russell Nathan Coltrane Jeanson Martin manage to hit .211 last season.
There’s always something like that with the Bucs. Here they can go and trade off closer Joel Hanrahan for a hatful of Boston prospects and try to turn ace set-up man Steve Grilli into his successor – yet this also means that they are relying on a 36-year old novice closer, who made his major league debut five weeks into this millennium yet in all that time has had exactly 11 save opportunities (five of them last year – three of which he blew).
Andrew McCutchen is a great player and Pedro Alvarez and maybe Starling Marte have the potential to be nearly if not great. Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon are living up to the pitching hype. But the Pirates can find a cloud for any silver lining. The same people who chose and developed all five of those men (and Neil Walker too) gave pitching prospect an over-slot bonus of $2,250,000 three drafts ago. Last year they had to convert him to being a first baseman. He hit .213 – as a 21-year old facing 18-year olds in rookie ball. That a draft choice named Stetson might prove to be all hat and no cattle as pitcher and hitter would just about sum up the Pirates.
St. Louis: You know what would be really cool? If Jon Jay could play shortstop and Oscar Taveras could play second base.
Over the last few years the Cardinals have developed a reputation as the Drs. Frankenstein of the middle infield. They’ve tried to make Allen Craig, Skip Schumaker, and now Matt Carpenter into second basemen, each with ineffective if not entirely unhappy results. Now would be the time for one of their creations to rise from the operating table, because the middle infield is the only hole in an otherwise dominant ball club – but what a hole it is.
Carpenter showed some usefulness filling in at first and third last year (and he’s due back to fill in for David Freese at third as the season starts), but there’s no sign he’s a second baseman. And Pete Kozma’s credentials as a defender at short are passable, but the hitting he did down the stretch and in the playoffs last September and October is just about all anybody should expect. The Freese injury may be the happiest of accidents, shuffling Carpenter off second and forcing the definitionally adequate Daniel Descalso into the lineup at second TFN.
Otherwise the Cards are just great. Won’t miss Chris Carpenter or Kyle Lohse. Still producing kid pitchers in clusters (this year’s – after previews last year – Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal, and Joe Kelly), still two or three deep at the back end of the bullpen (Motte’s hurt? Get Boggs and Salas ready). The aforementioned Taveras could step in if (when) Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran get hurt. Yadier Molina is as good as they get.
So – how much does an offensive hole at short and a defensive hole at second hurt an otherwise impeccably built team? We’ll see. I think the Cardinals can get through the division. After that? Notice what happened to the Tigers when they tried to sneak poor execution past the Giants.
I’ll take the Cardinals in a tight race over the Reds with the Brewers finishing third – and I’m not sure st louis cardinals trade rumors jose reyes they’re a factor or not (ask Corey Hart). Pittsburgh’s fourth (maybe challenging for third). The Cubs will finish last.
But one passing thought: what if the Rangers, who have too many middle infielders but not enough outfielders and actually sent Jurickson Profar down, and the Cardinals, who have too few middle infielders but too many outfielders and actually just sent Oscar Taveras down, had the collective cajones to swap Taveras straight up for Profar?
6/22 MLB Power Rankings; A’s on the rise
The MLB Power Rankings were assembled by BoSox Injection writers Joe Meehan, Michele Pettis, and Drew Peabody.
(Last week’s ranking in parentheses.)
1.(2) Oakland Athletics (47-28) – Oakland has won seven of eight. Compounded with San Francisco’s struggles, they are the best team in the majors. With his next RBI, Yoenis Cespedes will join teammates Brandon Moss (55) and Josh Donaldson (55) with at least 50 RBI before the season’s halfway point. – Drew
2.(3) Milwaukee Brewers (46-30) – The Brewers are taking care of business against some weak opponents. If they can replace Marco Estrada, their rotation will be one of the best in baseball. – Joe
3.(1) San Francisco Giants (44-30) – Despite a six game losing streak this past week, they’re still in first place in their division and 14 games over .500, which is impressive. – Michele
4.(12) LA Dodgers (41-35) – Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter is just another example of stellar Dodger pitching. – Michele
5.(5) LA Angels (40-33) – The Angels have split their last eight. Mike Trout is a really good baseball player; he leads the team in all offensive categories. And his June hitting st louis cardinals trade rumors jose reyes Only .357/.464/.804. And he’s stolen nine bases this season without being caught. Give the guy the MVP now. – Drew
6.(9) St. Louis Cardinals (40-35) – The rotation is strong, but they could be in the market for another bat if they want to catch Milwaukee. – Joe
7.(6) Detroit Tigers (39-32) – Detroit fans have to be hoping that Justin Verlander’s latest outing is a sign of his return to form. – Joe
8.(4) Toronto Blue Jays (42-34) – Losing Ricky Romero for the season and being swept by the Yanks hasn’t been pleasant. The Jays are still in first place but for how much longer? – Michele
9.(10) New York Yankees (39-34) – The Yankees made major progress towards taking over the division by sweeping first place Toronto. – Michele
10.(11) Kansas City Royals (39-35) st louis cardinals trade rumors jose reyes The Royals stay atop the division didn’t last long, but they’ll be in the hunt for the rest of the season. This is a solid team. – Joe
11.(7) Washington Nationals (38-35) – Washington has lost six of nine and continues to flip-flop with Atlanta for the NL East lead. Though he only has a 4-3 record to northwest community credit union locations for it, Tanner Roark has posted a 1.92 ERA over his last eight starts. – Drew
12.(13) Baltimore Orioles (38-35) – The O’s were dealt a huge blow when Matt Wieters went down. – Michele
13.(16) Seattle Mariners (39-36) – Seattle has won five of seven. Former elite Yankees’ prospect Jesus Montero has been called up to the majors to try to help a struggling offense that sees Robinson Cano (.834) as its only hitter above .800 in OPS. – Drew
14.(8) Atlanta Braves (38-36) – Atlanta has lost four of six. Evan Gattis is making a strong case to go to the All-Star game. He’s pounded six homers in the month of June (to bring him to 16 for the season) to go along with an otherworldly .394/.437/.712 hitting line for the month. – Drew
15.(17) Cleveland Indians (37-38) – It’s tough to know what to make of the Indians. The offense is strong, but they’re going to need some help on the hill. – Joe
16.(19) Cincinnati Reds (36-37) – The offense has quietly got the Reds back in the hunt. They’re 8.5 out in the division, but only 3.0 games back of the second-place Cardinals. – Joe
17.(14) Miami Marlins (37-37) – Miami has lost seven of 11. Henderson Alvarez is making the Blue Jays regret including him in the trade that sent Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle to Toronto in 2012. Alvarez sports a 2.39 ERA for the season, including 0.91 over his last six starts. – Drew
18.(15) Pittsburgh Pirates (36-38) – Just like the Reds, the Pirates are creeping their way back into the picture in the Central. – Joe
19.(20) Texas Rangers (35-39) – Texas has lost four in a row. A frequent object of trade rumors, Alex Rios has hit .319/.352/.461 this season to go along with 13 steals in an injury-depleted lineup. – Drew
20.(21) Minnesota Twins (35-38) – The Twins are three games below .500, but only five games back in the division. They really need some pitching help. – Joe
21.(26) Philadelphia Phillies (34-39) – The Phillies have won nine of 12. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. will have a tough decision regarding whether to be a buyer or seller at the trading deadline if the recent winning ways continue, since they are only four games out of the division lead despite their losing record. – Drew
22.(22) Chicago White Sox (35-40) – The White Sox have taken a downhill turn and will find themselves out of the hunt soon if they’re not careful. – Joe
23.(18) Colorado Rockies (34-40) – Silver lining in what’s turning into a very cloudy season: LaTroy Hawkins has only blown one save out of 15 chances. – Michele
24.(23) Boston Red Sox (34-41) – Offense, Offense, where for art thou, Offense? The bats are dead. The starting pitching has some strength but with no one to back them up, it’s useless. – Michele
25.(25) New York Mets (34-41) – The Mets have won three of four. Former Red Sox gyroball artist Daisuke Matsuzaka is making something of a comeback in the NL this wells fargo home mortgage hr phone number a 2.68 ERA for the Mets in 22 games (5 starts), after not being able to crack the majors in the Cleveland system last season, though he did start 7 games for the Mets in 2013. – Drew
26.(24) Houston Astros (33-43) – Houston has lost five of six. Since a blown save on April 19, closer Chad Qualls has posted a 0.48 ERA (18.2 IP, 1 ER), while converting eight of nine subsequent chances. – Drew
27.(27) Chicago Cubs (31-41) – The Cubs have no shot this season, but give them credit. They’re playing some decent baseball finally (which will last until they trade any decent player on the roster at the deadline). – Joe
28.(29) Sand Diego Padres (32-43) – Not a very good team, but at least fans can root for Seth Smith to keep hitting the Dodgers and watch rookie Jake Goebbert. – Michele
29.(28) Arizona Diamondbacks (32-46) – Another silver lining: a three-game series against San Diego is an opportunity to win some games even if it probably won’t help much in the standings. – Michele
30.(30) Tampa Bay Rays (30-46) – They’re so bad that instead of describing them as being 16 games under .500 one could say they’re $10 off first online order walmart game under .400. – Michele
Biggest jump: Dodgers (+8)
Biggest drop: Braves (-6)
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Traded to:New York Mets
In a move completed just before Friday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, the Mets finally got a power bat to insert in their lineup when they landed Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes, who will be playing for his fourth team in two seasons, was hitting .293 with 18 home runs in Detroit at the time of the trade. The deal netted the Tigers st louis cardinals trade rumors jose reyes prospects Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa.
Traded to:Toronto Blue Jays
After making a big splash earlier in the week with the acquisition of Troy Tulowitzki, the Blue Jays addressed their most pressing need by adding David Price to the rotation in a deadline blockbuster. The Tigers' three-pitcher haul for Price is headlined by Daniel Norris, who was No. 15 in Keith Law's midseason Top 50 prospect rankings.
Traded to:Texas Rangers
Arguably the most-rumored name to move at the trade deadline, Cole Hamels is on his way to Texas, as the Phillies finally found a deal they deemed worthy of moving their prized ace. Major leaguer Matt Harrison and five prospects, including highly touted catcher Jorge Alfaro and right-hander Jake Thompson, will join the Phillies in the mega-deal. Although the Rangers remain on the fringe of this year's wild-card race, they also will be counting on Hamels atop their rotation for years to come.
Traded to:Kansas City Royals
Coming off a World Series appearance and owners of the best record in the American League, the Royals decided to go all-in by acquiring ace Johnny Cueto from the Reds. A free agent at the end of the 2015 season, Cueto could be the piece that puts Kansas City over the top this season.
Traded to:Toronto Blue Jays
In a surprising deadline blockbuster, the Blue Jays added star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in a deal that sent Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects to Colorado. Tulowitzki joins a potent lineup in Toronto that leads the American League in runs scored by a wide margin.
Traded to:Colorado Rockies
Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects joined the Rockies in the Troy Tulowitzki deal. The trade puts the 32-year-old Reyes on his fourth team since the 2011 season. 2014 first-round pick Jeff Hoffman and 20-year-oldMiguel Castro, who has pitched in Toronto this season, highlight the trio of young arms headed to Colorado.
Traded to:Houston Astros
Less than 24 hours after a is chase bank open on july 3rd that would have sent Carlos Gomez to the Mets fell through, the outfielder was sent to the AL St louis cardinals trade rumors jose reyes Astros in a trade that also st louis cardinals trade rumors jose reyes starting pitcher Mike Fiers to Houston. The Astros shipped a package of four prospects, led by outfielders Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana, to the Brewers.
Traded to:Houston Astros
Seeing their grip on the AL West lead they've held for most of the season loosen didn't stop the Astros from making a bold splash that started st louis cardinals trade rumors jose reyes year's deadline moves. Houston acquired hometown pitcher Scott Kazmir, who joins All-Star starter Dallas Keuchel atop the Astros' rotation.
Traded to:San Francisco Giants
The defending champions bolstered their rotation by bringing in Mike Leake from the Reds for a pair of prospects. Though he doesn't have the rsum of some of the other pitchers to move in July, Leake is among baseball's hottest starters. The 27-year-old is 4-0 and allowed just two earned runs over 30 innings in his final four starts with the Reds. In return, the Reds continued their rebuilding project by adding right-handed pitcher Keury Mella and power-hitting Adam Duvall in the trade.
Mat Latos and Alex Wood
Traded to:Los Angeles Dodgers
In a 13-player swap with the Marlins and Braves, the Dodgers bolstered their pitching staff by adding starters Mat Latos and Alex Wood to the rotation. Cuban infielder St louis cardinals trade rumors jose reyes Olivera is the prize of the deal for the Braves, who also gave up talented infield prospect Jose Peraza in the trade. The Marlins added three minor leaguers and also ridded themselves of Michael Morse's salary.
Traded to:Washington Nationals
The Phillies' lone All-Star representative in 2015, Jonathon Papelbon was shipped within the National League East to Washington, where he will close for the Nationals ahead of Drew Storen. Storen has saved 29 games with a 1.73 ERA this season, but he has a history of postseason struggles with the Nats.
Traded to:St. Louis Cardinals
Less than 24 hours after outfielder Matt Holliday left Wednesday's game with a quad injury, the Cardinals acquired Brandon Moss from the Indians in a deal for prospect Rob Kaminsky. Moss hit just .217 for Cleveland this season, but his power (15 home runs and 50 RBIs in 2015) could help fill Holliday's void in St. Louis.
Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe
Traded to:New York Mets
Stellar pitching has kept the Mets in the playoff race, and New York added some bats that could help put them over the top in a deal with the Braves. Though Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe don't bring star power, both are versatile veterans with some pop in their bats.
Traded to:St. Louis Cardinals
Steve Cishek lost his closer role in Miami earlier this season, but the 29-year-old could bolster the Cardinals' bullpen if he returns to the form that helped him earn 88 saves from 2012-2014.
Traded to:Pittsburgh Pirates
In likely his last season, Aramis Ramirez will make one more World Series push in Pittsburgh, where he started his major league career in 1998. The 37-year-old third baseman figures to provide power and veteran leadership for the Pirates.
Traded to:Los Angeles Angels
A major contributor during Boston's 2013 World Series run, Shane Victorino was traded to the Angels for infielder Josh Rutledge in the midst of an injury-plagued 2015 season. Known for his passionate play, Victorino is one of three outfielders headed to Anaheim in deadline deals with David Murphy and David DeJesus also acquired in separate moves.
Traded to:New York Mets
In their quest to catch the Nationals, the Mets brought in a former Washington reliever -- by way of Oakland -- by dealing for setup man Tyler Clippard, who posted a 2.79 ERA during his lone season with the A's. New York gave up a strong pitching prospect in Casey Meisner, who was enjoying a breakout season in the Mets' farm system before being sent to Oakland in the trade.
It says a lot about the amount of talent potentially leaving the Dodgers that Kenley Jansen isn’t their best free agent. Jansen, one of the great closers of his generation, is coming off his best season in years. In 69 innings, Jansen struck out 86 batters and posted a 2.22 ERA and a 185 ERA+. Though Jansen often looked at the top of his game, he also finished with his highest walk rate in a full season by a wide margin. This year, he walked 12.9 percent of batters he faced, and his previous high was 11.9 back in 2011.
Most of those walks came at the beginning of the year when he was, uh, trying something new. I’ll let you look at his month-to-month spin rates and you can draw your own conclusions about what he was doing.
On the season, Jansen’s cutter spun around 150 rpm faster than his career norms, but that’s skewed by the first two months of the season. His second-half spin rate was up from the year before, but not to an extreme degree. Interestingly enough, while his walk rate went down post All-Star break, his strikeout rate went up.
Kenley Jansen 1st Half vs. 2nd Half
Obviously, the Dodgers would like to keep Jansen around. Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw aren’t the only pitchers who could possibly leave. The Dodgers already declined Joe Kelly’s club option, and Corey Knebel is a free agent as well. LA still has Blake Treinen, Phil Bickford, and Victor González in the bullpen. They’ll still manage in the later innings, but the arm barn would be worse without Jansen.
If Jansen heads elsewhere, I’d expect the Dodgers to be in on the other top relief arms on the market. Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors predicts Raisel Iglesias will move across LA. Kendall Graveman could be a target as well.
As for Jansen, Jon Heyman reports that he’s a target for Philadelphia, and that makes sense. Philadelphia is perpetually in need of bullpen help, and Jansen is exactly the kind of blunt move Dave Dombrowski likes to make. Philadelphia’s bullpen ranked 26th in FIP, so Jansen wouldn’t be the only move they’d have to make.
The Blue Jays had issues with their bullpen this year, so they’re in the market for a closer as well. Jordan Romano, Tim Mayza, and Adam Cimber were solid, but the Blue Jays had trouble filling out the back of the ‘pen. The Jays narrowly missed the playoffs after a 90-win season, and the relief corps was the weak leak.
Jorge Castillo connected Jansen to the Cardinals which might be an overreaction to the way St. Louis’s season ended. The Cardinals were eliminated when Alex Reyes gave up a walk-off homer to Chris Taylor in the Wild Card game. Reyes struggles with command more than the long ball, but Jansen would give more stability in the ninth.
Like with Kershaw, it’s hard to imagine Jansen in another uniform. Still, he might be moving on. Whoever signs him will have one of the best relief arms in the game.
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