It was a slow day today, but a Friday afternoon tilt helped fend off the snoozes. Phillies-Cubs at Wrigley Field. Whenever they play I like to imagine them competing for a statue that looks like Manny Trillo. Weird, huh?
Anyway, it was yet another frustrating day for Phillies’ fans, as the Cubs win 4-3. Twice the Phillies had a lead and twice the Cubs tied it up, first on a bases-loaded walk to Ted Lilly of all people and the second time via a two-run homer by former Phillie Marlon Byrd. By then the boys in gray and red had nothing left with which to answer, and Aramis Ramirez — who may have actually risen from the dead — hit a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth.
Carlos Marmol closed it down in the ninth, striking out the side. He now has 81 strikeouts on the season. Which is more than Jaime Garcia, Johnny Cueto and Wadry Rodriguez have, and they’re starters. Mercy.
The Mets have reportedly offered their managerial position to Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway, according to multiple reports from the New York Post’s Joel Sherman and the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The three-year deal was accepted and is expected to be finalized today, though the team has yet to make an official announcement.
Callaway, 42, got his start in coaching back in 2010 for the Indians’ Single-A affiliate, where he helped the Lake County Captains to their first Midwest League title. He was promoted to a coaching position in High-A in 2011 and finally advanced to a big league role in 2013, where he helped guide the Indians’ pitching staff through five winning seasons and three postseason runs. Their success serves as a ringing endorsement: they’ve consistently ranked among the top ten rotations in MLB and led the league with a collective 23.1 fWAR and second-best 3.52 ERA in 2017.
The timing couldn’t be better for the Mets, whose cadre of powerhouse pitchers has weathered numerous injuries to Noah Syndergaard (torn right lat muscle), Matt Harvey (stress reaction in right shoulder), Zack Wheeler (stress reaction in right arm) and Steven Matz (ulnar nerve irritation) over the last year. While they’re preparing to take on a manager with no prior managerial experience, it doesn’t look like that’ll be an issue for Callaway.