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Giants’ defensive performance against Padres rekindles playoff hopes

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Giants' defensive performance against Padres rekindles playoff hopes

Giants’ defensive performance against Padres rekindles playoff hopes

Gabe Kapler said these words, but for a split second he hardly knew how to finish them. He paused, fell silent, and looked up to the reporters’ next question. No wonder he didn’t know where to go next. small

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“We won the game tonight with some defense,” he said. It’s something he doesn’t say often this season, if ever.

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The Giants won the game 1-0 not only because of their defense. They may have partially saved their season. Two months left in that series at Petco Park, but the Giants suddenly chased the rebuilding Padres for the third and final wildcard spot.

A loss would cost the Giants 7 1/2 games and put them further behind the Cardinals, Phillies and Brewers. But the win, built on strong pitching and the most important defense of the year, left them 5 1/2 games behind a team that has collapsed in the last second half and lost five straight.

The Giants have won three games in a row, are almost completely healthy, and are ready to move on day by day.

“Go to hell with them, that’s how I see it,” catcher Joey Bart said. “It doesn’t matter how many games we’re behind, so let’s keep working on it, make it fun and have fun with it.”

Bart was in the middle of the game, relaying from Luis Gonzalez to Brandon Crawford. Every part of it has to be perfect. With the Giants up 1-0, Brandon Drury took the lead when Ha-Seong Kim drove a brace into a corner, but González caught the ball quickly and Crawford spun and pitched for 88 miles. Bart caught the short jump and had a great day.

Home plate referee David Luckley initially called Drury a safety, but Butt immediately pointed to the dugout. At Petco Park’s giant scoreboard, a sold-out crowd of 40,686 cheered on every replay. Both Butt and Crawford agreed to declare Drury safe.

“I thought it was too close to tipping over. [That] was my gut feeling,” Bart said. “When I was sitting outside, I noticed that it took a lot longer than usual. It usually means they are making some kind of decision. Usually if they confirm the call soon. It’s a fun game, and it’s definitely in our favor.”

When the call was picked up, boos drowned out most of the announcement. Some objects were thrown on the court and the game had to be stopped, but it was just a slowdown for the Giants, who have been on a standout ever since. After that, they are eager to share the credit.

“Joey made one of the best picks and labels I’ve ever seen,” Crawford said.

“If Crowe gets the ball, we have a chance,” Butt said.

It’s been that way for a decade, and the Giants certainly benefited from the fact that their best defensive player was back there after the break to let his knee heal. They’ll be looking to fight back with pitching and solid defense, with Alex Wood leading the way that night while Camelot Doval blew away the core of the lineup in the ninth round.

It’s a recipe for success that Crawford is all too familiar with. The throwing arm once helped the Giants win a championship and terrified the Kansas City Royals at their biggest moment of the season. Crawford was standing in the noisy clubhouse when he was asked if he had time to think about Alex Gordon on Monday night. He shook his head, but said looking at the pitch to Butt, he understood why so many would do it.

“It will probably stay that way for the rest of my career,” he said with a smile.

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Interest from other teams could make Chris Sale wear another shirt in 2023

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Interest from other teams could make Chris Sale wear another shirt in 2023

Although no more serious negotiations have begun, the Boston Red Sox have noted the interest of other franchises in pitcher Chris Sale and have not ruled out involving him in a possible trade.

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Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported that while the Red Stockings are not thinking of trading any of their starters, they may at least listen and consider offers for the members of the rotation, due to many options in the sector.

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However, if the team decides that Ace’s time in Boston is over, Sale can veto his fate and choose where he will go, since the no-trade clause in his contract gives him this possibility.

Should any team decide to take over the pitcher’s contract this offseason, they will secure his services for at least two more years, as Chris Sale becomes a free agent only in 2025.

Known for his excellent left-handedness, the athlete has a considerable history of physical problems. In addition to missing the entire already shortened 2020 season as a result of recovery from Tommy John surgery, Sale also took the field nine times the following year in uneven performances.

This season did not start in good shape for Sale either, who missed the start due to a rib injury during Spring Training. When he was healthy, he played only twice and fractured his little finger during an away game against the New York Yankees in July in his last performance. In addition, he broke his wrist riding a bicycle.

“You can’t make that up, right?” said Chaim Bloom, head of baseball operations for the Sox Kings. “We need to send some people after whoever is with Chris Sale’s voodoo doll and get it back.”

Sale was among the top six nominees for the Cy Young award between 2012 and 2018, receiving seven All-Star Game nominations, one World Series win, recording the record for unblemished innings with three (tied with Sandy Koufax and Max Scherzer) and owns a 5.33 strikeouts-to-walk average, the best mark in league history.

Taking into account his wins, but also the medical issue, Chris Sale will have to prove himself again as an elite pitcher who has made it through the injuries. If so, he is a powerful weapon on the mound, regardless of the uniform he wears.

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Pirates sign veteran pitcher Rich Hill to a one-year deal

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and left-handed pitcher Rich Hill finalized terms on a one-year, $8 million contract on Tuesday (27), reported Jeff Passan of ESPN USA.

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Hill, 42, will be entering his 19th season in the MLB. He accumulated a 4.27 ERA with 109 strikeouts in 124.1 innings for the Boston Red Sox in 2022. Including, his last stint in Boston was his fourth with the team.

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Since 2015, when the lefty had a “resurgence” period in his career, he has maintained an average of 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings, along with a good 2.91 ERA (140 ERA+) and a 1.06 WHIP in 87 total games.

The veteran pitcher has also played for the Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Guardians, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays, and New York Mets during his long career.

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The Mariners acquire Wong from the Brewers in exchange for Winker and Toro.

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The Mariners acquire Wong from the Brewers in exchange for Winker and Toro.

The Mariners acquired Kolten Wong from the Brewers on Friday in exchange for outfielder Jesse Winker and infielder Abraham Toro, filling a much-needed left-handed spot in their lineup.

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DETAILS OF THE TRADE

  • 2B for the Mariners Kolten Wong
  • Brewers are awarded: LF/DH INF Jesse Winker Toro, Abraham.

The Mariners will also receive $1.75 million to help offset Wong’s $10 million salary in 2023, when he will be a free agent. Winker is due $8.25 million in his final year before free agency, effectively a money and player swap for Seattle, while Toro is in his first year of arbitration as a Super Two player and won’t be a free agent until until 2026.

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Wong has been a Mariners goal since the team came short of signing him as a free agency ahead of the 2021 season, when Seattle offered a two-year deal but Milwaukee offered a third-year club option, which was the difference at the time, according to sources. The Mariners had inquired about Wong’s availability at the Trade Deadline the previous two seasons, but the competing Brewers were uninterested in moving him.

However, with numerous arbitration-eligible players set to receive raises this offseason, many in the business anticipated that the team might be willing to move some of its higher-priced players for payroll relief, prospect capital, and/or depth. Toro, a switch-hitting infielder with glimpses of good performance, provides longevity for the Brewers’ squad, while Winker, coming off a terribly disappointing season, returns to a division where he flourished with the Reds while facing the motivation of a contract year with the Brewers.

The Brewers activated Wong’s option last month instead of paying him a $2 million buyout, opening the door for him to be traded, which sparked interest from clubs other than Seattle, according to sources.

Wong, 32, is coming off what was maybe his greatest season at the plate, hitting.251/.339/.430 (.769 OPS) with a career-high 15 homers, 24 doubles, four triples, 47 RBIs, and 116 wRC+ (league average is 100) while collecting 2.5 wins above replacement, according to FanGraphs.

Some of this was by purpose, with a more deliberate attempt to raise the ball higher. His line-drive and fly-ball rates were the best in his career the last two years (49.3% combined), but his ground-ball percentage was the lowest (43.7% for ’21-22). It’s possible that his OPS+ in each of the last two seasons – 110 in ’21 and 118 in ’22 – was the greatest of his career.

Wong is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner who is coming off a defensively bad year in which he was worth minus-9 outs above average (placing in the third percentile, per Statcast) and minus-1 defensive runs saved.

Some of that could be attributed to lower-body injuries he battled throughout the year, such as a right calf strain from a hit-by-pitch in June, which led to a stint on the injured list and persisted despite treatment and footwear experimentation. A full offseason of rest and a Spring Training with infield coaching guru Perry Hill, who has helped J.P. Crawford and Ty France among others, should be beneficial.

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