Not literally, because that would almost certainly be a conflict of interest.
But figuratively, there is some definite ownage here. Stanton homered in a second straight game in Washington on Thursday, giving him 24 homers this season and nine career homers against the Nationals.
Those nine homers are give more than he has against any other major league team. He entered the day with a career .324/.427/.730 line with eight homers, six doubles and 16 RBI in 22 games against the Nationals.
Stanton, who won’t turn 22 until after the season, is up to 46 career homers now. If he can hit nine more in the second half — which seems like a very good bet — he’ll crack the top 10 all time for homers before age 22:
1. Mel Ott: 86
2. Tony Conigliaro: 84
3. Eddie Mathews: 72
4. Frank Robinson: 67
5. Alex Rodriguez: 64
6. Ken Griffey Jr.: 60
7. Al Kaline: 59
8. Mickey Mantle: 57
9. Bob Horner: 56
10. Ted Williams: 54
10. Andruw Jones: 54
Very possibly, he’ll join the top eight with a group of seven Hall of Famers and a guy in Conigliaro who may well have been that kind of player if not for a beaning.
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.
Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.
As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.
Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”
The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.