It’s only the sixth inning, but the visiting Dodgers have already mashed five triples, including three by Yasiel Puig. Puig tripled and scored in the first. Then, in the fifth, Dee Gordon and Puig hit back-to-back run-scoring triples. The five-run fifth was capped off with Matt Kemp’s two-run triple. In the sixth, Puig laced his third triple of the game, bringing in Gordon once again to give the Dodgers a 7-0 lead.
The White Sox were the last team to hit at least five triples in a game, doing so on August 16, 2011 against the Indians. The Dodgers have only done so once, way back in 1921 on July 7 against the New York Giants, according to the Play Index at Baseball Reference, which goes back to 1914.
The last player to triple three times in a game was Denard Span, then with the Twins, on June 29, 2010 against the Tigers. Puig tied a Dodgers all-time record with three triples in one game, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Robert Gsellman has won the No. 4 spot in the Mets’ starting rotation. He adds that the Mets are likely to play things cautiously with lefty Steven Matz. The fifth and final rotation spot will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo.
Gsellman, 23, has had a great spring. The right-hander has allowed three earned runs on 15 hits and four walks with nine strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings. That is on the heels of seven solid starts at the end of the 2016 season during which he yielded 12 earned runs on 40 hits and 12 walks with 40 strikeouts in 41 innings.
Matz, 25, is dealing with irritation in his left elbow. He had surgery in October to remove a bone spur and was a Tommy John patient several years ago. It sounds like the Mets are leaning towards having him start the season on the disabled list.
Wheeler, 26, isn’t having a great spring. He’s surrendered seven runs in 7 1/3 innings. Lugo has given up three earned runs in seven spring innings and also looked solid in the World Baseball Classic although he took the loss in the final against the United States.