Before the season, Yankees manager Aaron Boone envisioned Giancarlo Stanton launching pitches out of Yankee Stadium at a torrid pace. In April, the guy blistering the ball was Didi Gregorius. Now neither Gregorius, nor Stanton can catch a break.
After striking out four times Sunday, Stanton was given the day off Monday as the Yankees lost to the Astros 5-1. He’s 0-for-12 with seven strikeouts in his last three games, forcing Boone to blame the adjustment phase.
Gregorious was marred in a 4-for-70 slump entering Monday and batted seventh in the order after spending nearly the entire season batting third or fourth. A pair of hits helped Gregorious ignore the demotion.
Now he becomes the latest Met to succumb to an injury.
Noah Syndergaard was examined today at The Hospital for Special Surgery for soreness in his right index finger. A MRI and clinical examination confirmed a strained ligament in the finger. Syndergaard will be placed on the 10-Day Disabled List, retroactive to May 26.
Syndergaard joins fellow starters Jacob deGrom and Jason Vargas in having been on the DL this season, at a time when Mets starting pitching already was thin after they off-loaded Matt Harvey to the Reds.
Although Syndergaard hasn’t been the dominant Thor of past seasons, he is 4-1, tied with deGrom for most wins among starters, with a 3.06 ERA and has been a consistent presence in a rotation that has been roiled almost all season.
This will be Covey’s 20th start in the big leagues. He is 3-9 with a 5.95 ERA in his career.
On the outside looking in, I would say he’s on a path that leads us to believe he’s turning a corner and getting to where you feel comfortable with all of his approaches, when he’s attacking hitters, and that’s going to be able to have this become a sustainable activity for him, Chicago manager Rick Renteria said to the Chicago Sun-Times. The stuff is good. It’s always going to be, for all pitchers, trusting the stuff and commanding strikes.
For Oakland, right-hander Daniel Mengden (6-6, 4.06 ERA) is set to make his 16th start of the season. The Houston Astros drafted Mengden in the fourth round in 2014, and he was traded to Oakland the next season as part of a package for veteran left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Kazmir has not pitched in the big leagues since 2016, but Mengden appears to have a bright future at age 25. He has struggled recently, however, allowing 16 earned runs in his past 14 1/3 innings for a 10.05 ERA during that span. He has given up eight home runs in that time.
In his only career appearance against the White Sox earlier this season, Mengden allowed only one run and six hits in eight innings. He walked one and struck out six while picking up the win in Oakland’s 8-1 victory.