Last night, in the fourth inning of the Cardinals-Cubs game, starter Adam Wainwright threw a pitch that went about 25 feet, straight into the grass on the first base side of the mound, as if he were spiking it intentionally. It caused everyone who was online during the game to make a bunch of jokes, but it turned out there was a purpose to it.
Wainwright said after the game that he was preparing to throw a fastball but that he noticed catcher Yadier Molina setting up for a curve. Wainwright didn’t want to cross his catcher up and risk an injury, so he just spiked the thing. Watch:
As Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch reports, the two did change up signs midstream due to runners on base. So, despite the fact that there is probably no active pitcher-catcher combo that has worked together as much as Wainwright and Molina, there was some justification for the confusion.
But it was still pretty hilarious.
Mets minor league outfielder and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was recently promoted from Single-A Columbia to advanced Single-A St. Lucie. Critics suggested that, because Tebow wasn’t exactly lighting up competition with Columbia, the promotion was just about marketing.
Tebow, to his credit, has gotten off to a good start with St. Lucie. In his first at-bat with his new team, he hit a two-run home run, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. The home run came on a 3-1 count against starter Junior Fernandez of the Palm Beach Cardinals. Fernandez is the Cardinals’ No. 10 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.
With Columbia, Tebow was hitting a paltry .220/.311/.336 with three home runs and 23 RBI in 244 plate appearances.
The Cardinals announced on Wednesday that shortstop Aledmys Diaz has been optioned to Triple-A Memphis and infielder Alex Mejia’s contract has been purchased from Memphis.
Diaz, 26, impressed last season when he posted an .879 OPS and finished fifth in National League Rookie of the Year balloting. This year has been rough on Diaz, as he’s batting .260/.293/.396 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in 288 plate appearances. He’s the second major Cardinals player to get sent down to the minors along with Randal Grichuk.
Diaz was surprised by the demotion. Via MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch:
Mejia, 26, opened the season with Double-A Springfield but was promoted to Triple-A two weeks ago. With Springfield, he hit .251/.305/.366 in 251 PA. In 42 PA with Memphis, he hit .263/.333/.289.