Milwaukee Brewers’ rookie outfielder Trent Grisham is dealing with the grief of the Brewers loss to the Washington Nationals during Tuesday night’s National League Wild Card game in which Grisham’s error proved to be costly.
Grisham, 22, took over right field when Brewers’ 2018 MVP winner and 2019 MVP candidate Christian Yelich went down with injury.
When Nationals’ outfielder Juan Soto ripped a single to right field with the bases loaded that got past Grisham, and brought the Nationals back to an improbable 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee to advance to the National League Division Series.
“It’s going to sting. It’s going to sting for a long time,” Grisham said, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. “Essentially gifting the Nationals a divisional berth. It’s going to hurt. And I expect it to hurt when I debrief and go into the offseason.”
“At the end of the game, when getting down to six, five, four outs to go, of course you feel all that pressure,” Grisham continued. “It’s exciting. You want to live in those moments and live up to those expectations.
“I don’t think it got to me at all. I just ended up making an error. It’s not my first. It’s not going to be my last. It just happened that way.”
“It hurt. It wasn’t ideal. It’s not how you want your first playoff game to go,” he said. “We expected to win. There’s all kinds of thoughts and emotions running through your head. It just kind of stings right now.”
“That’s part of playing in these games,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “And it’s disappointing, and I’m sure Trent is disappointed. But for all these guys, Trent’s why we’re here. Trent got us here. Big part of getting us here. The inning was an ugly inning. Crazy things happen.”
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Brewers’ Christian Yelich Won’t Need Surgery, To Miss 6 Weeks
Milwaukee Brewers superstar Christian Yelich won’t need surgery on his fractured right knee cap and will be out for six weeks, according to The Athletic’s Jim Bowden.
Yelich was injured during Tuesday’s game against the Miami Marlins, which the Brewers won, when he fouled a pitch directly off his kneecap during the first inning, and will miss the rest of the regular season.
However, if the Brewers can make a push to the World Series, there is a possibility that Yelich could be back in action this year.
Yelich, who won the National League MVP in 2018, is again putting up MVP numbers this season with a .329/.429/.671 slash line, 44 long balls and 97 RBI for the Brewers in 2019.
“First and foremost, we feel awful for Christian. This is a guy who’s carried us in a number of ways over the last two years,” Brewers’ general manager David Stearns said, according to ESPN.
“He could’ve [been] two and a half weeks away from a repeat Most Valuable Player award. So that’s where our thoughts go first.”
New York Yankees Closing In On Deal For A’s Sonny Gray
The long courtship between the New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics regarding A’s pitcher Sonny Gray may finally be coming to some sort of conclusion.
While other teams such as the Atlanta Braves have jumped into the mix to acquire the front-line starter, it appears that the Yankees offer the A’s the best trade return.
According to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Braves can offer great pitching prospects to Oakland but the Yankees are more equipped to match the A’s positional needs such as centerfield.
Heyman also noted that the Milwaukee Brewers could jump back in the mix and that Gray “has no qualms about going to yanks (or anywhere else). but brewers would be special.”
Heyman added that the Chicago Cubs are another team interested in Gray but Oaklan’s asking price is considered “too steep” for their liking.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that an “involved person says Yankees have ‘pieces to make it work’.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported that “Yankees and Athletics are ‘close enough to get over the hump’ today on a Gray deal, says source. Still gonna take some compromise.”
WFAN’s Sweeny Murti says that Oakland has come off it’s demands for a “Frazier/Torress package” and has asked for “Florial/Mateo package + more” stating “Yankees will not make that deal either.”
Gray, 27, is 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA and 1.18 WHIP this season.
It looks like this deal will come down to the wire.
Yankees And Athletics Reportedly Talking Trade
The New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics have had recent trade discussions, according to a report from Jon Morosi of MLB.com.
Oakland is a likely mass-seller approaching the trade deadline and the Yankees have been tied to both right-hander Sonny Gray and first baseman Yonder Alonso.
On Monday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that a top-level Athletics scout recently watched the Yankees’ Class A Charleston affiliate which is a strong indication that the two teams are negotiating of at least preparing to negotiate a deal.
With the loss of Michael Pineda and the struggles of Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankee starting rotation is in desperate need of a front-line starter.
Gray ,who isn’t eligible for free agency until after the 2019 season, is an appealing option likely to be in high demand. The 27-year old is 5-4 with a 3.72 ERA this season.
ESPN’s Buster Olney mentioned the Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, and Yankees as teams interested in Gray.
The Yankees have a dire need a first base after the season-ending injury to Greg Bird, the Chris Carter “dud” and the overall lack of production from the first base position which posted a. .671 OPS this season ranking second worst in the the league entering Monday.
The Yanks have had 8 different players play the position this season.
The A’s Alonso, 30, is having a career year in Oakland posting a .924 OPS and smacking 21 home runs
The Yankees will be pressed to make a deal as their struggles leading up to the All-Star break have trickled over to July. New York has continued their sub .500 play and they’re run scoring has essentially flatlined in recent weeks.
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