Robot umps now?
The Braves and Mets entered extra innings tied 1-1. The Mets got two quick outs before Andrelton Simmons reached base on a single. That brought Freddie Freeman up. He hit it back to the pitcher who tossed it to first base. Freeman was called safe by umpire Jerry Layne but replays showed that he was just short of the bag by the time it hit the fielder’s glove. He should have been out number three but instead the Braves had new life with runners on first and second.
Next up was Chris Johnson who launched a homer to left field giving the Braves a 4-1 lead which ended up being the game’s final score.
Terry Collins came out and argued the call on Freeman as Johnson was circling the bases and he was tossed, as was first baseman Daniel Murphy. This time next year, I guess, Collins could’ve challenged that call rather than just argued about it after the fact.
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.