Mets’ blogger Metstradamus is steamed at an email he just received from the Brooklyn Cyclones — a Mets’ affiliate — announcing that Tommy Lasorda is going to be inducted into the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame. The same Tommy Lasorda who pitched 13 whole innings with a 7.62 ERA for the Brooklyn Dodgers. “I’m lucky my head hasn’t exploded at all the things wrong with this scenario,” Metstradamus says.
And he has a good point. Why, exactly, is a Mets affiliate the keeper of the Dodgers’ history? Sure, Brooklyn is Brooklyn, but one would think that the loyalties would lie with the local big club, not the one that up and left over half a century ago. It’s not like the L.A. Dodgers have ignored their New York history.
All of this gets thrown into the general pile of things — along with that Ebbets-style rotunda and serial eschewings of all things oldenMets — that, rightly or wrongly, suggests that the Mets couldn’t care less about their own, quite underrated history.
Every now and then, The Players’ Tribune runs a “five toughest” feature. In 2015, David Ortiz listed the five toughest pitchers he ever faced. Last month, Christian Yelich wrote up the five toughest pitchers in the NL East. Now, it’s Ian Kinsler‘s turn with the five toughest pitchers in the AL Central.
Kinsler goes into detail explaining why each pitcher is difficult to face, so hop over to The Players’ Tribune for his reasoning. His list
Presumably, Kinsler intentionally omitted his Tiger teammates from the list. He has faced Justin Verlander a fair amount earlier in his career, and he has only a .176/.333/.235 batting line in 42 plate appearances against the right-hander. Verlander’s stuff is often described as tough to hit in one phrase or another. Kinsler has also struggled against Indians starter Carlos Carrasco (.590 OPS), but one can understand why he would be omitted from a list of five given who was already listed.
Angels first baseman C.J. Cron hit a grand slam against the Mets on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to keep his spot on the major league roster as the club announced his demotion to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday. Infielder Nolan Fantana has been promoted from Salt Lake.
Cron, 27, was hitting a disappointing .232/.281/.305 with one home run and RBI in 90 plate appearances. I guess you can say that wasn’t the kind of Cron job the Angels were expecting. Cron was an above-average hitter in each of his first three seasons, finishing with an OPS+, or adjusted OPS, of 111, 106, and 115 (100 is average).
While Cron is figuring things out in the minors, Luis Valbuena, Jefry Marte, and Albert Pujols could each see some time at first base.