Travis Mathew

24 Apr 19
MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs
Apr 23, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) hits a two run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

April 24, 2019

Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez each homered, Jose Quintana registered his third straight quality start, and the Chicago Cubs coasted to a 7-2 win over the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

Willson Contreras added a three-run double for Chicago, which won for the sixth time in seven games.

Quintana (3-1) held the Dodgers to two runs on four hits in seven innings. The left-hander walked two and struck out seven, and he pushed his streak to 16 scoreless innings over two-plus starts before he allowed a run in the third.

Justin Turner and Chris Taylor drove in one run apiece for the Dodgers, who have lost two of three since posting a six-game winning streak. Los Angeles starter Kenta Maeda (3-2) surrendered six runs on seven hits in four innings.

Mets 9, Phillies 0

Zack Wheeler did it all for host New York, striking out 11 over seven scoreless innings and also hitting a home run and driving in three runs during a win over Philadelphia.

Wheeler (2-2) allowed five hits and walked none in his best start of the season. He struck out seven in a row between the second and fourth innings.

At the plate, Wheeler snapped a scoreless tie with a two-run double off opposing starter Zach Eflin (2-3) in the second inning. In the fourth, Wheeler extended the Mets’ lead to 4-0 by homering on the first pitch he saw from Eflin.

Cardinals 4, Brewers 3

Yadier Molina had three hits and two RBIs to help host St. Louis earn a win against Milwaukee, which got two solo home runs from Travis Shaw.

Paul DeJong led off the eighth inning with a solo home run off Milwaukee reliever Alex Wilson (1-1) to break a 2-2 tie. After a one-out Jose Martinez walk, Molina hit an RBI double to make it 4-2.

Cardinals right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon was called up from Triple-A Memphis to start in place of Michael Wacha (knee) and went five innings, allowing one run and two hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.

Yankees 7, Angels 5

Luke Voit hit two home runs, and Brett Gardner finished a home run short of the cycle as New York beat Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif., the fifth straight win for the Yankees and the eighth loss in nine games for the Angels.

Gardner, who went 4-for-5, came to the plate in the eighth inning needing that home run to become just the fifth Yankee in the last 70 years to hit for the cycle (Mickey Mantle, Bobby Murcer, Tony Fernandez and Melky Cabrera).

Gardner hit a line drive to right field, where Kole Calhoun made a diving attempt. Calhoun was able to snag the ball on a short-hop, holding Gardner to a single and perhaps preventing him from attempting to make history with an inside-the-park homer to complete the cycle.

Rays 5, Royals 2

Host Tampa Bay chased Kansas City starter Homer Bailey four batters — and four runs — into the second inning, and the Rays extended their winning streak over Kansas City to 10 games.

The Rays have the best record in baseball at 16-8, while the Royals, who lost for the fifth straight time, have the worst record at 7-17. It was just the fourth time this season, however, that the Royals did not hold a lead at some point in the game.

Jalen Beeks (1-0) picked up the win with a season-high 4 2/3 innings. He gave up just two hits and struck out seven while giving up two hits and no runs. Emilio Pagan, who picked up his first major league save Monday, recorded his second save with a scoreless ninth. Bailey (2-2) took the loss.

Diamondbacks 2, Pirates 1

Jarrod Dyson went 2-for-3 with a walk and avoided a tag at home for the go-ahead run in the sixth inning Monday as Arizona topped host Pittsburgh.

Arizona is 6-2 on its road trip, which includes two more games against the Pirates. The Diamondbacks have won eight straight games at Pittsburgh. Overall, Arizona has won seven of nine.

The Diamondbacks, who spotted Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead, came back from a deficit to beat the Pirates for the second night in a row. Pittsburgh has lost three straight for the first time this year.

Athletics 11, Rangers 5

Josh Phegley and Marcus Semien each had two-run doubles in a six-run fourth inning, sending host Oakland past Texas.

Stephen Piscotty had a triple and three singles as part of a 14-hit Oakland attack that eased the burden on pitcher Frankie Montas (4-1), who won his third straight start. Piscotty scored three times.

The teams traded single runs in each of the first two innings before the A’s broke a 2-2 tie by sending 11 batters to the plate in the fourth, the first nine against Lance Lynn (2-2). The Rangers starter allowed eight runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Padres 6, Mariners 3

Franmil Reyes drove in three runs with a pair of homers, and Austin Hedges ricocheted a two-run homer off the glove of Seattle center fielder Mallex Smith as host San Diego won the opener of a two-game series.

The loss was only the third for Seattle in 14 road games this season and marked the first time this year that the Mariners failed to score at least five runs in a road game.

Reyes capped a three-run San Diego second inning with a two-run, 402-foot shot to left-center off Mariners starter Erik Swanson (0-2). He capped the second multi-homer game of his career with a two-out shot to left-center to give the Padres a 4-2 lead in the sixth.

Giants 7, Blue Jays 6

Joe Panik, Evan Longoria, Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval hit home runs as San Francisco found some offense while opening a brief two-game interleague series at Toronto.

Kevin Pillar added an RBI single in his return to Toronto, helping the Giants put together consecutive victories on the road for the first time this season. Pillar was traded from the Blue Jays to the Giants on April 2.

Toronto made things interesting in the eighth inning when Rowdy Tellez hit his first career grand slam to bring the Blue Jays within a run, but the Giants’ bullpen closed out the victory.

Tigers 7, Red Sox 4 (Game 1)

Josh Harrison hit a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth, Matthew Boyd pitched seven solid innings, and Detroit downed host Boston in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

Boyd (2-1) allowed three runs on three hits. Ronny Rodriguez had three hits, including a homer, two runs and two RBIs for Detroit. Grayson Greiner also homered and drove in two runs.

Xander Bogaerts hit a pair of solo homers for Boston. Mookie Betts drove in the Red Sox’s two other runs.

Tigers 4, Red Sox 2 (Game 2)

Brandon Dixon had three hits, including a three-run double, and Spencer Turnbull walked a tightrope over five innings to earn his first major league win as Detroit wrapped up a doubleheader sweep at Boston.

The Tigers won for the fourth time in five games since a five-game losing streak. Turnbull (1-2) went five scoreless innings, working around three hits, four walks and two hit batters.

The Red Sox got on the board on a Xander Bogaerts RBI single in the seventh, and rookie Michael Chavis blasted a pitch over the Green Monster in left for his first career home run to lead off the eighth and make it 3-2.

Marlins 3, Indians 1

Pablo Lopez allowed one run on two hits in 6 1/3 innings as Miami defeated host Cleveland.

Jorge Alfaro belted his team-high fourth homer to lead off the fifth inning, and Curtis Granderson added an RBI double for the Marlins, who have won three of their last four games on the heels of losing 13 of 15.

Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco left after four innings with left knee discomfort. Carrasco was covering first base in the fourth when he was injured following an awkward dive for an off-target throw from Carlos Santana.

Nationals 6, Rockies 3

Victor Robles hit a three-run double in the third inning, and Patrick Corbin made another quality start as Washington beat Colorado in Denver.

The Nationals got two big but painful insurance runs in the top of the ninth when Juan Soto, after fouling a 3-1 pitch off his right leg, walked with the bases loaded to make it 5-3. Howie Kendrick was then hit by a pitch from reliever DJ Johnson to make it 6-3.

Corbin (2-0), who allowed just two hits in his last start, gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one. Corbin has made five quality starts in a row.

Astros 10, Twins 4

Alex Bregman followed a two-run single in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly in the seventh that sparked host Houston to a comeback win over Minnesota.

The Astros snapped a three-game losing skid behind Bregman, Tyler White (2-for-2 with a walk and two runs), and left-hander Wade Miley, who retired 17 of the final 18 batters he faced following a rocky first inning. Houston trailed 3-0 four batters into the game.

Bregman capped the Astros’ three-run fifth inning with a two-out single to left field off Twins right-hander Michael Pineda, driving home White and George Springer (2-for-3 with two walks, two runs and two RBIs) and pushing Houston to a 4-3 lead.

Reds 7, Braves 6

Home runs by Yasiel Puig and Tucker Barnhart helped jolt life into the sleepy Cincinnati lineup in a win over visiting Atlanta.

The seven runs were the second most scored this season by the Reds — last in the National League in hitting — and their biggest offensive outburst since they scored 14 against the Marlins on April 9. Puig was 2-for-4 with a homer, a run and three RBIs. The Reds have won four of their past five.

Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman, who had a hit, has reached base in all 22 games to start the season. It’s the longest season-opening on-base streak for Freeman and 15 short of the franchise record set by Eddie Mathews in 1961. However, Freeman grounded out with a runner on third to end the game.

Orioles 9, White Sox 1

Chris Davis, Dwight Smith Jr., Joey Rickard and Renato Nunez hit homers for host Baltimore in an easy win over Chicago.

The long balls, all off Chicago starter Ivan Nova (0-3), produced eight of Baltimore’s nine runs.

Andrew Cashner (4-1) gave the Orioles one of their best efforts from a starter this season. The right-hander surrendered just one run on five hits in seven innings, striking out five with one walk.

–Field Level Media

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The Edmonton Oilers hold the eighth-overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. The Oilers need more talent. Forwards, defencemen, or goaltenders. Should they trade the pick for immediate help? Would a legitimate top-six forward or top-four right-shot defenceman be more valuable than whoever they pick at eight? There have been some really good players picked eighth overall recently. William Nylander went eighth in 2014. Zach Werenski went eighth in 2015. Adam Boqvist went eighth last June. He had 60 points in 54 games with the London Knights and Oilers draft pick Evan Bouchard. Edmonton will have a good chance to get an impact player. What if the Oilers trade the pick? What do high draft picks return in trades? Trades with Vegas and trades where the pick wasn’t already determined, the Matt Duchene trade, Travis Hamonic trade, and Bobby Ryan trade, aren’t comparable. 2017 Arizona traded the seventh-overall pick and defenceman Anthony DeAngelo to the New York Rangers for center Derek Stepan and goaltender Antti Raanta. Rangers selected center Lias Andersson. This is an excellent reference point for the Oilers. The pick is almost the same and the Coyotes dealt the pick to speed up their rebuild and acquire real NHL talent. Raanta was excellent in his debut season in Arizona, but barely played this season due to a lower-body injury. Darcy Kuemper filled in very well in Raanta’s absence. Stepan scored 56 points in his first season with the Coyotes, but only had 35 in 70 games this past season. DeAngelo’s played 19:20 a game for a mediocre Rangers team. Andersson’s split time between the American Hockey League and the NHL. He’s scored decently in the AHL, but hasn’t done much in the NHL. The Oilers can certainly use a 55-point center and starting netminder. That trade won’t look as great if Stepan’s a 40-point center going forward. Raanta was excellent for the Coyotes in 2017-18 but Kuemper was similarly good in 2018-19, and they only traded Tobias Rieder and an AHL goalie for him. Andersson hasn’t set the world on fire yet, but DeAngelo looks like a potential top-four defenceman. 2016 Detroit traded Pavel Datsyuk’s contract, center Joe Vitale, and the 16th-overall pick (defenceman Jakob Chychrun) to Arizona for the 20th-overall pick (defenceman Dennis Cholowski) and 53rd-overall pick (defenceman Filip Hronek). Detroit moved down four spots, dumped the last year of Datsyuk’s contract, and obtained a second-round pick in the process. All the players drafted look promising. Is there a trade where the Oilers move pack in the first round and dump Milan Lucic’s contract? 2015 Speaking of Lucic, Boston traded Lucic, and retained half of his salary, to Los Angeles for goaltender Martin Jones, defenceman Colin Miller, and the 13th-overall pick (defenceman Jakub Zboril). This was a very good trade for Boston, even with them whiffing on the first-round pick. The Bruins flipped Jones to San Jose for another first-round pick in 2016 and Miller looks like a solid top-four defenceman who can put up points in Vegas. Boston made a few big moves at the 2015 draft. They also sent Dougie Hamilton to Calgary for the 15th-overall pick (right wing Zachary Senyshyn), the 45th-overall pick (center Jakub Forsbacka-Karlsson), and the 52nd-overall pick (defenceman Jeremy Lauzon). This was a bad trade. Hamilton, despite all the concerns about museums and brothers, is a top-pairing defenceman. I’d heavily consider a trade with the eighth pick if a Dougie Hamilton-type player is available. The Oilers traded the 16th-overall (center Mathew Barzal) and 33rd-overall picks (center Mitchell Stephens) to the New York Islanders for defenceman Griffin Reinhart. Yeah. Not great. 2013 New Jersey traded the ninth-overall pick (center Bo Horvat) for goaltender Cory Schneider. At the time, this looked like a steal for New Jersey. I don’t know if anyone takes Schneider over Horvat now. Horvat’s a 60-point center, while Schneider is closer to waivers or a buyout. Schneider was very good for his first three seasons in New Jersey. His save percentage then: .921, .925, .924. His past three seasons in New Jersey: .908, .907, .903. Injuries have significantly impacted him, but it’s a cautionary tale for the Oilers. They can use an elite-performing goalie but need to consider long-term implications as well. It took Horvat three years after his draft to reach 40 points, but he’s definitely the more valuable player. 2012 Carolina trades the eighth-overall pick (defenceman Derrick Pouliot), defenceman Brian Dumoulin, and center Brandon Sutter to Pittsburgh for center Jordan Staal. Staal hasn’t had more than 48 points in a season with Carolina, but he’s a very good defensive center. Dumoulin blossomed into a top-pairing defenceman. Pittsburgh flipped Sutter for center Nick Bonino, who eventually left in free agency after winning back-to-back Stanley Cups. Pouliot hasn’t done much. Vancouver acquired him for a fourth-round pick and he might carve out a career as a bottom-pairing guy. 2011 Columbus traded the ninth-overall pick (center Sean Couturier), left-wing Jakub Voracek, and the 68th-overall pick (center Nick Cousins) to Philadelphia for center Jeff Carter. Columbus gave up a lot of value, but things wouldn’t look as bad if Carter stayed in Columbus. Carter was a top center and the Blue Jackets badly needed centers. Giving up Voracek too hurt. Voracek flourished almost immediately in Philadelphia. He’s been very productive as a Flyer, scoring 505 points in 605 games. Couturier’s a Selke nominee who can score 75 points. Columbus would probably like a do-over. Apr 8, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) celebrates his goal in the overtime period of the game against the Chicago Blackhawks with Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11), center Jeff Carter (77) and center Jonny Brodzinski (76) at Staples Center. Kings won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports There have been really good players moved for high-draft picks. The Oilers can use a Dougie Hamilton or Jeff Carter, but I’m not sure if a Derek Stepan or Jordan Staal would be as useful. These trades often involve adding another good player, prospect, or draft pick. Columbus included Voracek, a former seventh-overall pick, to get Carter. Carolina added Dumoulin and Sutter to the eighth-overall pick for Staal. The Oilers need to improve the team and that will require moving picks or prospects for actual players, but they can’t afford to give up that much value for a player that might only help for a few seasons. The need to balance short-term and long-term needs. If they trade the pick, the player in return has to be more Hamilton than Schneider.
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