Baseball as it looks right now has a decent number of sure things considering it’s still August: The Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals would have to really mess up to miss the playoffs. The Dodgers have gone from big spenders to underdogs thanks to a historic rash of injuries.
The Mets are concerned with starter Jacob deGrom and are considering pushing back his next start, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports. The club thinks the right-hander is fatigued. deGrom, 28, has had another strong season, currently standing with a 2.96 ERA and a 137/32 K/BB ratio in 143 innings. However, he’s battled command issues in his last two starts. Against the Giants and Cardinals, he gave up a combined 13 earned runs on 25 hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in nine and two-thirds innings. The Mets are already without Steven Matz, Zach Wheeler, Matt Harvey, and Jon Niese. deGrom’s recent bout is just the latest in what has been a season-long starting pitching struggle for the club.
Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers have “rebuffed offers” for Yasiel Puig. Heyman says teams “appear to be bottom feeding for Puig,” making lowball trade proposals. The Dodgers may not have big future plans for Puig, but nor are they gonna sell low on him.