Phillies avoid on-field distraction … for a night

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fan taser.jpgThe Phillies made it through Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals without a fan running onto the field for the first time in three nights.  Deserving or undeserving, let’s chalk up some of the credit to their new stadium policies.

According to the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, Philadelphia police officers will no longer be involved in the apprehension of fans that run onto the Citizens Bank Park field, unless completely necessary.  It was a city cop who tased and arrested Steven Consalvi on Monday night.  On Wednesday, his family issued an apology:

“Steve and his family wish to apologize to all
Philadelphia Phillies fans, the entire Philadelphia Phillies
organization, players, staff and security, as well as the Philadelphia
Police Department for what occurred that evening,” attorney Steven F.
O’Meara said in a statement.  “His family hopes and prays that people will
understand that teenagers do impulsive things. This
young man has never been in trouble before and has learned a valuable
lesson.”

The Phillies also established a new fine for fans that enter the field of play: $2500.  We can only hope that puts a stop to the attention-seekers.  Or, as the Consalvi family likes to call them, “impulsive teenagers.”

Jon Gray will start Opening Day for the Rockies

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Manager Bud Black has tabbed Jon Gray to start on Opening Day for the Rockies. That will be Monday, April 3 in Milwaukee against the Brewers in an afternoon contest.

Gray, 25, is starting Opening Day for the first time in his career. He’ll be the sixth different Rockies pitcher to start Opening Day in as many years.

The Rockies and Gray had a bit of a scare on Friday as he left his spring training start with discomfort in his left foot, but everything came up clean in an MRI. He pitched again on Wednesday with no issue.

Last season, Gray went 10-10 with a 4.61 ERA and a 185/59 K/BB ratio in 168 innings. A consensus top prospect entering each of the previous three seasons, Gray surprisingly put up better numbers at Coors Field — the most hitter-friendly park in baseball — than away.

Blake Treinen named Nationals closer

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Today Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker named Blake Treinen as his closer. Treinen has saved exactly one big league game.

There wasn’t necessarily an obvious choice, however. Last year Washington had Mark Melancon, but with him gone and GM Mike Rizzo’s failure to land a high-profile closer in the offseason, it became a contest between Treinen Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover.

Treinen posted a 2.28 ERA with 31 walks and 63 Ks in 67 innings in 2016. His big improvement last year came against lefties, who had tattooed him in the past. He pitched well this spring as well, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

The Nats are our favorites to win the NL East, but we do have some questions about the pen. Blake Treinen will take the first crack at answering them.