Yasiel Puig continued dominating National League pitching as he contributed four hits in his first four at-bats this afternoon, falling a home run short of the cycle. He had an opportunity to wrap it up in the bottom of the eighth, but struck out against Phillies reliever Justin De Fratus. Behind a strong start from Stephen Fife, the Dodgers handily defeated the Phillies in the finale of a four-game series in which, despite a historic 16-1 loss on Friday, they looked like the better team.
Puig bumped his slash line up to .436/.467/.713 through his first 26 games, making the debate about his All-Star candidacy all the more interesting. He’ll have two more weeks to pad his stats while fans will have two more weeks to run his campaign.
The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.
Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.
If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.
Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.
Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.
Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.