A few hours after being named to his eighth and final All-Star team, Chipper Jones did something he hasn’t done in 10 years: collect five hits in a game.
Jones went 5-for-5 for the first time since 2002 and drove in four runs as the Braves beat the Cubs 10-3 on Tuesday night.
It was just the third career five-hit game for the future Hall of Famer. He went 5-for-5 on April 27, 2001 against the Diamondbacks and again on Aug. 11, 2002 against the Astros.
Jones’ big night came at the expense of Chris Volstad, who returned after six weeks in Triple-A to fall to 0-7 on the season. He’s now gone 20 straight starts without a win, which is the longest such streak since Jo-Jo Reyes made 28 starts in a row.
With the big game, Chipper raised his average from .291 to .313. He’s hit in 10 straight games.
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.