Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is not a fan of spring training. He thinks it’s too long. Via MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Braun said:
My favorite spring training at-bat is a first-pitch line out to center. Or even better, a first-pitch, line drive double play. Because we’re all in the business of saving time. We don’t get paid by the hour. I’m serious. I’m not kidding.
Braun is not the first nor the last to complain about the length of spring training.
The 33-year-old made his Cactus League debut last Friday. He’s played in three spring games thus far, racking up a pair of doubles, a pair of walks, and one RBI in six at-bats. Braun is looking to repeat last year’s performance when he hit .305/.365/.538 with 30 home runs, 91 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 564 plate appearances.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.
Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.
After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.
Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.
Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.
Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.