Things are getting real interesting around baseball as we’re inching closer and closer to postseason time. Let’s recap the major events of the past week.
Jacob deGrom Out For Rest Of Season
The New York Mets were given some unfortunate news as they make a run for an NL Wild Card spot. Jacon deGrom needs elbow surgery and will miss the rest of 2016.
deGrom will undergo ulnar nerve surgery, which can take up to 6 months for recovery. If there’s one thing the Mets didn’t want to happen, this was it. I don’t think they ever really had a chance of making a postseason run in the first place, but this kind of seals the deal on that.
Jose Fernandez and the Braves Got Into it…Again
The Atlanta Braves aren’t fond of Jose Fernandez. That’s pretty obvious by now.
On Wednesday, the Braves retaliated for Fernandez beaning Nick Markakis by throwing at the Marlins ace’s head not once, but twice. Benches cleared after Fernandez was thrown at a second time.
AJ Preller Disciplined For ‘Conduct Relating To Drew Pomeranz Trade’
San Diego Padres idiot GM AJ Preller has been suspended 30 days for failing to release medical information in the Drew Pomeranz trade deadline deal.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 15, 2016
Major League Baseball has completed an investigation into the July 14th transaction in which pitcher Drew Pomeranz was traded from the San Diego Padres to the Boston Red Sox. MLB’s Department of Investigations conducted the thorough review, which included interviews with relevant individuals from both Clubs. The findings were submitted to Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.
As a result of this matter, Major League Baseball announced today that A.J. Preller, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Padres, has received a 30-day suspension without pay.
MLB considers the matter closed and will have no further comment.
The worst part out of this whole thing is Preller’s discipline is barely discipline at all. At the very least, the Red Sox should be getting some sort of compensation.
Kyle Hendricks Lost A No-Hitter In the Ninth
A week after Rich Hill was pulled while pitching a perfect game, Kyle Hendricks lost his no-hitter in brutal fashion vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Chicago Cubs right-hander had the no-no broken up after allowing a homer to Jeremy Hazelbaker in the ninth. As tough as that is, Hendricks can hang his hat on the fact he’s possibly the leading NL Cy Young candidate at this point. He’s 15-8 with a 2.06 ERA and 0.96 WHIP.
If before the season you told me the best pitcher on the Cubs – never mind the entire National League – would be Kyle Hendricks, I would’ve slapped you in the face.
Hanley Ramirez Carried the Red Sox Over the Yankees
The hottest hitter in baseball this week was Hanley Ramirez, who has absolutely redeemed himself for his less-than-stellar 2015 season.
Ramirez single-handedly murdered the New York Yankees with clutch homer after clutch homer. The first came in walk-off fashion while the others came Sunday night to lead the Sox to an unbelievable comeback win.
Check back next Monday for another recap and be sure to give our MLB podcast “The Eephus” a listen. New episodes are released every other Monday.