After a historic May, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been a little quiet so far this month. No longer. Check out this solo blast off Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel this afternoon.
Harper now leads the majors with 19 home runs. Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton are both sitting on 18 coming into Saturday’s action.
Hammel was pulled after Harper’s homer, but the Cubs hung on to beat the Nationals 4-2.
A two-run homer by Junior Lake and some subsequent taunting set off a minor benches-clearing fracas between the host Marlins and visiting Cubs on Wednesday night in Miami …
HardballTalk’s official stance on bat flips and home run trots is well known — do them, have fun, baseball is supposed to be fun — but shushing the opposing dugout when you’re still down four runs deserves a little comeuppance. That was Lake’s first home run of the year. Maybe he was making a “No. 1” symbol.
Miami went on to defeat Chicago by a score of 7-3. Here’s a better look at Lake’s shush …
Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler is headed to the disabled list with a sprained left ankle.
Rather than call up Javier Baez or Arismendy Alcantara the Cubs have added 30-year-old minor-league veteran Mike Baxter to the roster as Soler’s fill-in, meaning Junior Lake will probably be in line for lots of playing time.
After a great 24-game debut last season Soler has come back down to earth this year, but he still hit .265 with four homers and a .724 OPS in 49 games at age 23.
Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler is absent from the starting lineup Tuesday night against the Marlins because of an ankle injury that he suffered late Monday while running out a ball to first base.
There’s no word yet on the severity of the injury, though beat reporter Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago says an MRI is scheduled for Wednesday.
Junior Lake is starting in right field and batting cleanup on Tuesday versus Miami, and Kris Bryant is drawing his first major league start in left field.
Soler entered the 2015 season to great hype after posting a .903 OPS with five home runs and 20 RBI over his first 24 major league games in 2014. The 23-year-old has batted just .265/.322/.402 so far this season.
Slow news day if you’re not interested in soccer, so let’s play a game. Or continue one anyway. It started out on Twitter like this:
So Hack didn’t hack? My response:
Which led to a whole motherlode of responses, some fact-based, some not:
They’ve gotten increasingly absurd and, in some cases, dirty. I’ve been retweeting these all day because I love puns and groan-worthy jokes and generalized pointless nonsense.
Let’s make up more in the comments so as to get us through this boring old day when soccer is dominating the news.