I missed this yesterday, but reader The Dangerous Mabry gave me the heads up. ESPN New York reports that Jeff Wilpon scolded Mets players for not retaliating at Athletics’ players after Justin Turner was hit by a pitch on Thursday.
The pitch that hit him — in the leg — was probably itself thrown at him for not getting out of the way of the pitch that grazed his jersey in the 13th inning of Wednesday’s game, which ended up being a walkoff HBP. According to Adam Rubin, most Mets players didn’t consider it a big deal, probably because of where it’s thrown. I’d wager that, given that the first one was a game-winner, and given that the Mets took both games from Oakland, no one really cared. But Wilpon did. Which is kind of sad.
Hey Jeff: why don’t you stick to the job you do, and let the Mets players stick to theirs? Especially considering that they do theirs better than you do yours.
The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.