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Daily Dose: Paxton-no-no

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


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James Paxton made history on a couple different levels Tuesday night in Toronto as he delivered a 99-pitch, seven-strikeout, three-walk no-hitter in a 5-0 victory for the visiting Mariners.


The native of Ladner, British Columbia, who goes by the nickname “Big Maple,” is the first Canadian-born player to throw a no-hitter in his own country. Which stands to reason, as he is only the second Canadian to throw a no-hitter in the entire history of Major League Baseball. The other was Dick Fowler of the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics, who was born in Toronto.


It’s the third no-hitter this season in MLB, if you count the Dodgers’ combined no-no from last week. Sean Manaea threw one April 21 against the Red Sox, and Walker Buehler, Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia, and Adam Liberatore teamed up to keep the Padres hitless for nine innings on May 4.


Paxton clocked in at 100 mph on his second-to-last pitch Tuesday and 99 mph on his final pitch, which Josh Donaldson struck sharply in the direction of Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager. Seager made an easy throw across the diamond to record the final out. He made a gem of a play in the bottom of the seventh inning, diving near the foul line to snag a hard-hit grounder before popping up quickly with an accurate laser over to first base to nab the speedy Kevin Pillar. It seems like every no-hit bid has one of those standout defensive gems.


Paxton racked up a career-high 16 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings in his start before Tuesday night’s no-hitter and he now boasts a 3.40 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 67 strikeouts over 47 2/3 innings this season. He has a 3.09 ERA and 223 strikeouts in 183 2/3 frames since the beginning of 2017.


If he can just stay healthy, Big Maple has the goods to finish as a top-tier fantasy starter.



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Osuna Out Following Assault Charge


Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was arrested Tuesday morning in Toronto on assault charges against a woman. He was later released, with a court date set for June 18.


Details are scarce about the alleged assault -- Toronto police are withholding information to protect the identity of the victim -- but Major League Baseball has placed the 23-year-old on administrative leave, which will prevent him from playing for at least a week. A suspension under MLB’s domestic violence policy could follow, even though it might be another month before there is any word about a potential conviction.


It’s difficult to say how long Osuna might be away from the club. And given the sensitive nature of the story and the differing ways MLB has handled assault charges in the past, it’s really not worth speculating. Some prominent suspensions under MLB's domestic violence policy include Jose Reyes (51 games), Aroldis Chapman (30 games), Jeurys Familia (15 games), and Steven Wright (15 games).


Blue Jays manager John Gibbons suggested to reporters Tuesday afternoon that he will mix and match at closer while Osuna is out, mentioning John Axford, Tyler Clippard, Seung Hwan Oh, and Ryan Tepera as possible options for save opportunities. Axford, Clippard, and Oh all have a ton of ninth-inning experience, but Tepera has been used in more high-leverage situations this season than any of those other three. Sometimes that’s the nature of a setup gig, but it could also point to Gibbons’ faith in the 30-year-old right-hander. Clippard has the best numbers of the group (1.47 ERA, 20 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings), though all four have pitched well.


We didn’t get any indicators of Gibbons’ strategy on Tuesday as the Jays were no-hit.



Mets Trade Harvey For Mesoraco


In sort of a classic change-of-scenery swap, the Mets traded right-hander Matt Harvey to the Reds on Tuesday afternoon in exchange for catcher Devin Mesoraco and cash.


Harvey was designated for assignment by New York last week after posting a 7.00 ERA over four starts and four relief appearances. He drew trade interest from the Rangers, Giants, Orioles, Mariners, and White Sox, but the Mets wanted a major league-ready catcher in return after losing Travis d’Arnaud last month to season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. And the Reds were willing to give up Mesoraco, who had fallen behind Gold Glove-winning catcher Tucker Barnhart on their depth chart due to injuries and an overall inconsistency.


Mesoraco and Harvey are both due to become free agents this winter, so this trade is all about 2018. Mesoraco is making $13.125 million in the final year of a four-year, $28 million extension that was signed in January 2015, the offseason after the 29-year-old made the 2014 National League All-Star team. Harvey is earning $5.625 million in his final year of salary arbitration. There was some money exchanged in the trade, but in essence the Reds will pay what’s left of Mesoraco’s deal and the Mets will handle the remainder of Harvey’s salary. There is no significant impact on either team’s payroll.


Harvey is going to get another chance to start with the rebuilding Reds and they’ll hope that he makes himself a valuable trade chip by the July 31 deadline, though we’d bet against that happening in the power-friendly confines of Great American Ball Park. He still has very little fantasy appeal.


Mesoraco is going to serve as the Mets’ primary backstop and could have some rejuvenated fantasy value in two-catcher formats, though he was batting just .220/.289/.341 with one home run and three RBI through 18 games (10 starts) this season for Cincinnati. He has played a total of 113 games since the beginning of the 2015 campaign because of a range of different injuries.

 

 

National League Quick Hits: Brewers closer Corey Knebel (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday … Jacob deGrom (elbow) is on track to return to the Mets' rotation this Sunday in Philadelphia … Clayton Kershaw (biceps) said Tuesday that he hopes to resume throwing soon … Aaron Nola punched out a career-high 12 batters while holding the Giants to one run over seven innings in Tuesday’s victory … Tommy Pham (groin) was held out of the Cardinals’ starting lineup again on Tuesday … Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Javier Baez (groin) could return to the starting lineup Wednesday … Justin Turner (wrist) is aiming to return to the Dodgers' active roster next week in Miami … Eugenio Suarez went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI to lead the Reds past the Mets on Wednesday … Mets placed third baseman Todd Frazier on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain … Ronald Acuna homered for the only run of the game in the Braves' win over the Rays on Tuesday … Cubs placed outfielder Jason Heyward on the 7-day concussion disabled list … Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Javier Baez (groin) could return to the starting lineup Wednesday … Adam Wainwright (elbow) is on track to be activated from the disabled list to start Saturday against the Padres … Wade Miley suffered a right oblique strain in the first inning of his start Tuesday night against the Indians and is likely to be placed on the disabled list … Brewers infield prospect Mauricio Dubon has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season … Austin Hedges (elbow) resumed throwing on Tuesday … Luiz Gohara has joined the Braves’ bullpen as a long reliever … Stephen Vogt could be facing season-ending shoulder surgery.


American League Quick Hits: Red Sox left-hander David Price has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday against the Yankees due to recurring numbness in his pitching hand … Twins manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday that there is "momentum" toward activating Byron Buxton (toe) without a minor league rehab assignment … Mike Moustakas had a monster night Tuesday in Baltimore, homering twice among his three hits and driving in five runs in the Royals' blowout victory … Luis Severino was electric again Tuesday against the Red Sox, whiffing 11 across six-plus innings while being charged with two runs in a 3-2 Yankees win … Angels closer Keynan Middleton (elbow) began a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Salt Lake … Tigers placed hot-hitting leadoff man Leonys Martin on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain  … Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that Shohei Ohtani's next start will likely be Sunday versus the Twins … Giancarlo Stanton clubbed a pair of solo home runs in Tuesday's victory over the Red Sox … Tigers closer Shane Greene got a four-out save Tuesday against the Rangers … Blue Jays placed infielder Aledmys Diaz on the 10-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain and named Lourdes Gurriel as their fill-in shortstop … Dylan Bundy had a historically bad start Tuesday, allowing four home runs and seven runs without recording an out against the Royals … Welington Castillo hit two home runs on Tuesday but the White Sox fell to the Pirates … Jordan Zimmermann (shoulder) is aiming to return from the disabled list when first eligible next week … Nick Tropeano (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and could potentially rejoin the Angels’ rotation this weekend … Danny Salazar (shoulder) will be shut down from his rehab for the next 7-10 days … Dan Altavilla (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Double-A Arkansas … Alex Wilson's MRI showed a 95 percent tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot.





Drew Silva is a baseball editor for Rotoworld and also contributes on NBC Sports' Hardball Talk. He can be found on Twitter.
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