He spoke about his approach in that last plate appearance afterward.
Caleb Smith got the quality start, giving up three runs in 6 1⁄3 innings, but did not factor into the decision. Drew Steckenrider had been on the hill the inning the game was won, so he got his third win of the season.
Updates on the Process
And there’s a lot of process-ing going on in this paragraph, but I have to mention Miami signed 16 of its new draftees. And that former ‘Cane Peter O’Brien has made his way home and has already set a record in the time he’s been back.
What do forest fires and J.T. Realmuto’s All-Star campaign have in common? (He didn’t start one with his scorching-hot bat, if that’s what you guessed.) Answer: only YOU can prevent them! By not voting! (And by not starting one, in the case of forest fires.) While you’re at it, go ahead and vote for Anderson, too. I mean, we‘re on board:
Yesterday in this space, we checked in on Mat Latos. Today’s Where Are They Now file comes from Kevin Brown, who is a straight-up vigilante.
Maybe he’s an asset after all?
Second baseman Starlin Castro has been somewhat overshadowed this season by how well Anderson and Realmuto are swinging the bat. But Craig Edwards points out that he’s more than justifying an everyday job (ESPN Insider subscription required):
Castro probably didn’t want to leave the Yankees in the Giancarlo Stanton trade, but he’s putting up a solid season in Miami. For the first time in his career, he’s taking a walk every once in a while, and he’s on pace for his best season since 2014, when he was worth 3.2 fWAR.
Castro is batting .285/.333/.392 in 2018 and controllable through the 2020 season.