Last night’s game between the Mets and Braves was washed out, but the clubs will make up the game as part of a doubleheader this afternoon.
The Mets just got their clocks cleaned during a doubleheader against the Rockies on Thursday, so they aren’t thrilled with having to play another doubleheader in the space of three days, especially considering they’ll make two more trips to Atlanta this season. It’s ultimately the home team’s call in these situations, so you’d have to think the Braves ultimately saw this as a situation where they could take advantage. Tough luck, right?
According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets called the commissioner’s office to lodge a complaint, but the games will be played as scheduled. Mets assistant general manager John Ricco declined to criticize the Braves publicly, but it’s clear they aren’t happy with the decision.
“I’m not going to go there,” Ricco said. “It is what it is. It just puts us in a tough position.”
The Mets sit at 4-9 on the young season and have lost five consecutive games.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners are among the teams that have contacted the Reds about outfielder Jay Bruce. The Mariners enter play Wednesday 51-48, six games out of first place in the AL West and 4.5 games out of the second AL Wild Card slot. Adding an impact bat like Bruce could help in their effort to reach the postseason.
Norichika Aoki and Seth Smith have handled the bulk of the playing time in left field. While Smith has hit well, Aoki has not. Bruce came into Wednesday’s game against the Giants batting .271/.324/.567 with 24 home runs and a league-best 78 RBI.
Bruce can become a free agent after the season if his controlling team declines his $13 million club option for the 2017 season by paying him a $1 million buyout. If he’s traded mid-season, his new team won’t be able to make him a qualifying offer, so the club option may be more enticing than it looks at first glance.
A third-inning two-run home run by Adam Rosales off of R.A. Dickey put the Padres up 2-0, but it also helped the Padres tie a National League record. The Padres have homered in 25 consecutive games, matching the 1998 Braves, the 1994 Tigers, and the 1941 Yankees. The major league record is 27, set by the 2002 Rangers.
The Padres hit three in total on Wednesday in an 8-4 victory against the Blue Jays. One of those dingers was an eighth-inning solo shot by rookie Alex Dickerson, who has now homered in four consecutive games himself. The one he hit on Monday is worth watching, as it got into the upper deck at the Rogers Centre.
As the Padres recently traded Melvin Upton, Jr. to the Jays, Dickerson is likely going to see regular playing time. That’s especially true if he keeps hitting like this.