Last night, the Mets got out to an early 3-0 lead thanks to a homer from Michael Conforto. Conforto is now hitting .230/.353/.403 (110 wRC+) while striking out less than last year and walking more. Ultimately, the Pirates won 5-4.
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The Mets traded Asdrubal Cabrera to the Phillies for righty starter, Franklyn Kilome. Kilome ranks fifth on MLB.com’s top Mets prospect list. I think Ronny Mauricio is better but overall, the return is very good. Kilome throws hard and he needs to refine his mechanics if he wants to stay in the rotation. He is currently in Double-A and it will likely be their the rest of 2018 per John Ricco. Nice job, Mets.
On Cabrera’s side, the he hit .279/.339/.464 with a 116 OPS+ over two-and-a half years with the Mets. He will always have his memorable bat flip against the Phillies. He was a very underrated player for the most part. Hope he does well in Philly.
John Ricco provided an interesting point when talking about trading with an inter-divisional trade.
Ricco on trading Cabrera in the division, expressing some confidence in the return: pic.twitter.com/pyXri3ayFf
— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) July 28, 2018
The latest update on the Wheeler front was that Devin Mesoraco was more likely to be dealt than him per Mike Puma of the NY Post. Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic said the Brewers and Mets talked about a package deal for Cabrera and Wheeler but now it would have to be just Wheeler.
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Jared Diamond writes about the increase in position players pitching.
Britni de la Cretaz writes about “Barstool Night” in ballparks.
Chris Sale became the fastest AL pitcher to reach 200 strikeouts (136) since Chris Sale did it in 2017 (141.1). So congrats, Chris?
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The Phillies plan on using Asdrubal Cabrera at second, third, and short per Jon Heyman.
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John Sheridan highlights Kingsport’s electric offense. Mark Vientos hit two homers for them last night.
John Edwards looks for trade partners for Devin Mesoraco.
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