Everything’s coming up Mets so far in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, except this one potential concern …
Marc Carig of Newsday reports that Yoenis Cespedes was removed from the game after the top of the second inning with soreness in his left shoulder. Cespedes struck out swinging in his at-bat during that two-run frame. He drew a walk and scored a run in the Mets’ four-run first.
Maybe the Mets’ big 6-0 lead over the Cubs played into the removal. Or perhaps it’s something more serious. Either way, the Cuban slugger will have six days of rest before the World Series if the Mets are able to finish up this Championship Series sweep.
New York entered Game 4 with a 3-0 series lead and jumped all over Cubs starter Jason Hammel.
UPDATE, 9:37 p.m. ET: Mets manager Terry Collins told the TBS broadcast that Cespedes “couldn’t lift his left shoulder” when he came off the field in the top of the second inning. Collins didn’t have any further details, but that sounds pretty troubling.
25-year-old right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla is headed from the Rangers to the Dodgers on a waiver claim, per the Dodgers’ official team Twitter feed.
Bonilla underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in mid-April and did not throw a pitch at any level of meaningful baseball in 2015, but he carries a decent 3.17 ERA and 10.3 K/9 in 429 minor league innings and could be a nice find for Los Angeles if everything continues to go smoothly with his rehab.
Bonilla will likely open the 2016 season on the disabled list before joining the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate. He has experience as both a starter and reliever, and got a cup of coffee in each role with the Rangers in 2014.
The first inning of Wednesday night’s NLCS Game 4 couldn’t have gone much worse for the host Cubs, who entered with a 3-0 deficit in the best-of-seven series.
The visiting Mets batted around on Cubs starter Jason Hammel, scoring four runs on four hits, a walk, and a hit-by pitch. Curtis Granderson smacked a leadoff single, Yoenis Cespedes drew a base-on-balls, and then Lucas Duda hit a three-run shot to center field. Travis d'Arnaud immediately followed with a solo shot to right.
Daniel Murphy, who has homered in a record-tying five straight postseason games, actually fouled out near third base for the second out of the game.
Mets starter Steven Matz turned in a 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first inning, retiring Dexter Fowler, Jorge Soler, and Kris Bryant in order. Matz whiffed both Soler and Bryant.
New York leads 4-0, and the World Series is just 24 outs away.
David Price was spotted warming up in the bullpen during the later innings of Wednesday’s ALCS Game 5 win over the Royals and he acknowledged afterward that he was preparing to enter in relief. But starter Marco Estrada was able to pitch out of that particular jam and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons went with Aaron Sanchez and Roberto Osuna to wrap up the 7-1 victory.
Which keeps Price in line to pitch in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday night in Kansas City. And the left-hander confirmed on Wednesday night that the plan remains the same …
He’ll be facing off against Yordano Ventura with Toronto again facing elimination.
It’s crunch time for the Cubs, who are on the brink of elimination from the National League Championship Series with a 3-0 hole and Game 4 set for Wednesday night. But there will be no desperation moves in regards to the starting pitching schedule for Chicago.
Jason Hammel will be on the bump in Game 4 against the Mets and projected Game 5 starter Jon Lester will not be brought in even if Hammel’s outing is going extremely poorly. Lester spoke to reporters on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field …
Jake Arrieta, the Cubs’ projected Game 6 starter, probably won’t be tried in Game 4 either.
This comeback is going to take four straight wins. It makes sense to keep the horses in line.