LOS ANGELES – If you’d arrived at Dodger Stadium early enough Tuesday, you’d have been treated to Rich Hill and Brett Anderson, 60 or 70 paces apart, playing catch in left field. Hill was already on the disabled list. Anderson would be in a few hours.
With that said, we just can’t think of another way to describe this beautiful slider from Cleveland Indians reliever Andrew Miller. Allow us to set the scene: With the Indians up by one run in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics, the club turned to Miller to close things out. It was pretty evident Miller had his good stuff during the outing, striking out the first two hitters he faced on just seven pitches.
Yoenis Cespedes is in the first year of a three-year, $75 million deal with the Mets that includes an opt-out clause leading into 2017. It’s a great situation for him. If he was hurt or ineffective this year, hey, he still gets $75 million. If he rakes he can go back out on the free agent market this November and see if he can’t do better than the two years and $50 million he’ll have left. Cespedes said today, however, that he does not plan to exercise his opt-out this winter: Speaking through an interpreter, Cespedes stayed on message, saying his focus is on “helping the team win so we can hopefully make it to the playoffs.” When asked by The Record’s Matt Ehalt if he intended to honor all three