I think that Adam Rubin has been writing too much and watching too little baseball:
A preliminary schedule for next season reveals that the Twins and
Tigers are scheduled to visit Citi Field, the Daily News has learned.
The Mets also expected to visit Cleveland, in addition to the customary
home-and-home series with the Yankees . . . Other than the Santana connection, there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of storylines. The Indians’ roster includes ex-Met Joe Smith, while you may remember Anderson Hernandez was originally acquired from Detroit for Vance Wilson.
“Storylines?” I thought the games themselves are supposed to provide the storylines. What is this, figure skating? Are we not supposed to care unless there’s some personal connection or something?
Here’s a storyline: if the Mets don’t win a lot of games, including ones against Cleveland and Minnesota, they’re not going to make the playoffs and people are going to get fired and traded and stuff. The stories write themselves, really.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.
Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.
The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.