Baseball season is back, and perhaps no one in baseball has had a better start to the season than Jacob DeGrom. We’ll look at his latest start, plus another Yankee heading to the Injured List, and the Cubs signing one of their own to a long-term extension. Here are the latest MLB news and notes.
DeGrom ties QS record
Mets ace Jacob DeGrom made history Wednesday night when he tied Bob Gibson’s MLB record of 26 consecutive quality starts. He tied the record with a dominant performance against the Marlins, going seven shutout innings with a career-high 14 strikeouts.
This comes just under a week after DeGrom set a new major-league record by allowing three runs or fewer in 30 consecutive starts. If those accolades weren’t enough, he also homered in yesterday’s win, becoming just the fifth pitcher since 1969 to strike out 14 batters and homer in the same game.
DeGrom, 30, has yet to allow a run this season in 13 innings. He also has 24 strikeouts to just two walks. He will go for the quality starts record next week when the Twins come to town.
Tulo “almost certainly” headed to IL
Add another name to the ever-growing list of injured Yankees. Troy Tulowitzki is “almost certainly” headed to the injured list according to manager Aaron Boone.
Tulowitzki left Wednesday’s loss against the Tigers with a left calf strain. He becomes another Yankee to hit the shelf in the early stages of the season, joining Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Aaron Hicks, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, and Luis Severino, among others.
Tulo’s absence will lead to more playing time for Tyler Wade. In addition, New York has called up Thairo Estrada to fill the vacant spot on the roster. The Yankees would go on to lose on Wednesday 2-1 to the Tigers.
Bote inks extension
Cubs utility man David Bote agreed to a five-year extension beginning in 2020. The deal is worth just over $15 million dollars, with club options worth $7 million and $7.6 millions in 2025 and 2026.
Bote, 25, joined the Cubs last season and made an instant impact, filling in as the primary third baseman while Kris Bryant was out with an injury. His biggest moment came when he hit a pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam against the Nationals to complete an epic comeback. In 74 games last season, he hit .239/.319/.408 with six home runs and three stolen bases.
This extension buys out his remaining arbitration-eligible years, with the two club options possibly forfeiting his first two years of free agency. So far this season, Bote is 4-11 with two runs scored and a walk, spending time at both third and second base.
Several games are on the schedule today, including several home openers. The Nationals and Mets meet up in Queens, where Stephen Strasburg and Noah Syndergaard will battle on the hill. Other games include Trevor Bauer and the Indians hosting the Blue Jays, and Yu Darvish and the Cubs hoping to avoid a sweep in Atlanta against the Braves.