According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, MLB has suspended B.J. Upton for two games and fined him an undisclosed amount for his actions during Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jays.
Upton argued with home plate umpire Chad Fairchild after being called out on strikes in the bottom of the ninth inning. He went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts on the night and was called out looking three times, so his frustration clearly boiled over. Upton had to be restrained by third base coach Tom Foley and bench coach Dave Martinez.
Upton has elected to appeal and is in the lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Orioles, but tells the Tampa Tribune that he plans to serve the suspension during a series against the Indians next week.
For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East
Boston may have the most talent and, in Mookie Betts, the best player. The Yankees have the best farm system. Baltimore has all the dingers and the best closer. Toronto may have the best collection of heels, at least in the view of fans of the other AL East teams. The Rays have the best . . . hmm. I’ll get back to you on that.
Anyway, here are our previews for the American League East:
Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.