Good morning folks! James Paxton threw a no-hitter, the Matt Harvey saga is over (or maybe just beginning?) and some heartwarming things happened for Danny Farquhar and Stephen Piscotty. Let’s take a look at what you need to know today.
In Mariners news...
- Here’s some more fun with James Paxton.
- Paxton’s pitches got faster as he went along.
James Paxton saved the best for last. pic.twitter.com/VLhpFnCpHO— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) May 9, 2018
- Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs puts Paxton’s no-hitter into historical context.
- The Mariners have signed Australian teen Blake Townsend.
- And another international signing.
Mariners sign international FA catching prospect Junior Gonzalez & assign him to the DSL Mariners.— Mariners Minors (@MiLBMariners) May 8, 2018
- Mariners farmhand Kyle Waldrop has decided to retire.
- We’ve got a Dan Altavilla update.
Dan Altavilla (on DL with shoulder inflammation) has reported to AA Arkansas to begin rehab assignment. He'll throw a bullpen today, then make first rehab appearance on Thursday.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) May 8, 2018
- Corey Brock at The Athletic checks in on the state of the club with M’s manager Scott Servais. ($)
- Greg Johns wonders where the power surge for Mitch Haniger is coming from.
- Speaking of Haniger, here’s a neat Haniger-themed T-shirt.
Around the league...
- Interesting, it looks like the death of the starting pitcher as we know it might soon be upon us.
One trend-watching GM watches MLB and believes the game is evolving toward an odd reality: One without traditional starting pitchers.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 7, 2018
Cole, Verlander, Scherzer, etc., are trying to stave off that dystopia.
10 Degrees explores the future of the starter: https://t.co/h7Y69SNfgD pic.twitter.com/6oZSAMpw7e
- Yikes. Roberto Osuna was later placed on the administrative leave list and the Blue Jays announced that they are investigating the issue.
#BlueJays closer Roberto Osuna was arrested this morning and charged with assault on a woman, Toronto police confirm. Story coming shortly.— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) May 8, 2018
- Logan Morrison is back to a familiar spot in the lineup.
Morrison, starting in leadoff spot for first time since 7/9/15 with Seattle, pops to second. All 20 of his career leadoff starts came that season under mgr Lloyd McClendon for 76-win #Mariners team.— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) May 8, 2018
- Pedro Moura at The Athletic takes a look at what makes Dodgers starter Walker Buehler unique. ($)
- Nick Franklin has been transitioning to catcher, so it’ll be interesting to see how the Brewers deploy him.
.@Brewers select contract of INF/OF Nick Franklin from Double-A Biloxi; option INF Eric Sogard to Triple-A Colorado Springs; transfer catcher Stephen Vogt to 60-day DL.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) May 8, 2018
- Teams that aren’t the Astros are also increasing the spin rates of their pitches, notes Travis Sawchik at Fangraphs.
- Marc Normandin is excited that the Red Sox and Yankees are finally at about equal levels of talent.
- Jacob deGrom has been cleared to make his next start...for now.
- Stephen Vogt’s career could be in danger after suffering another shoulder injury in rehab.
- In a somewhat surprising move, the Reds have acquired Matt Harvey for Devin Mesoraco.
- Danny Farquhar visited the White Sox clubhouse before their game yesterday.
- Stephen Piscotty got a base hit in his first game since the passing of his mother.