AROUND THE HORN

Cecil Whig - - INSIDEBASEBALL -

Base­ball had its fi rst man­age­rial fi ring of the sea­son when At­lanta axed Fredi Gon­za­lez on May 16. Gon­za­lez, 52, had a 434–413 record as Braves man­ager but was an MLB-worst 9–28 in 2016 for a fran­chise that spent most of the last two years gut­ting its ros­ter in or­der to re­build. With a ca­reer record of 710–692, he’ll likely man­age again some­where. …

Mean­while, Yan­kees man­ager Joe Gi­rardi re­ceived a vote of con­fi­dence from owner Hal Stein­bren­ner on Wed­nes­day, as New York sat in last place in the AL East with a 16–22 record. Stein­bren­ner ab­solved Gi­rardi, who had a 751–583 record at the time of his com­ments, and said the fault lay with group of play­ers “clearly not liv­ing up to their po­ten­tial.” A win­ning streak en­sued, put­ting the Yan­kees 5.5 games be­hind Bal­ti­more on May 22. …

Af­ter weeks of work­outs, Tim Lince­cum has fi­nally found a team. The free-agent righthander, who won the Cy Young Award in 2008 and 2009 as a mem­ber of the Gi­ants, moved south to sign a con­tract with the An­gels that will pay him about $2.5 mil­lion, plus in­cen­tives, for the rest of the sea­son. He’ll likely need 4-6 weeks be­fore he’s ready to join the ac­tive ros­ter. …

The Astros might be in­ter­ested in trad­ing right fielder Car­los Gomez, placed on the DL on May 17, if their strug­gles con­tinue. The ques­tion is, will there be a mar­ket? Gomez is hit­ting an abysmal .182/.238/.248 with no home runs. He won’t turn 31 un­til De­cem­ber but has seen his ca­reer fall off a cliff; his Wins Above Re­place­ment the last four sea­sons, ac­cord­ing to Fan­graphs, have de­clined from 7.4 to 5.7 to 2.6 to mi­nus- 0.6 in 132 plate ap­pear­ances this sea­son. …

Jackie Bradley Jr. ex­tended his hit­ting streak to 27 games on May 22, ty­ing him for sixth in Red Sox his­tory. Dom DiMag­gio, who hit in 34 straight games in 1949, is the fran­chise leader. The 26-year-old Bradley (.342/.413/.618), the 40th pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, is fi­nally ful­fill­ing the prom­ise he demon­strated dur­ing a stand­out ca­reer at the Univer­sity of South Carolina. …

Af­ter a May 19 out­ing dur­ing which he gave up nine runs in 2.2 in­nings, Matt Har­vey’s ERA rose to 5.77. It’s hard to tell what’s wrong with the Mets righthander. Har­vey, still on the Mets’ ac­tive ros­ter, took the un­usual step of throw­ing a sim­u­lated game on May 21 to get in some ex­tra work.

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