It’s been nearly two months since Theo Epstein left the Red Sox for the Cubs and the two sides still haven’t come to an agreement on compensation, with Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reporting that they “seem disinterested in settling the issue.”
There was speculation all along that the agreement wouldn’t come until after the Rule 5 draft because the Red Sox wanted to acquire players without having to protect them with 40-man roster spots, but the draft took place yesterday and Boston general manager Ben Cherington said only that “we’ll resolve it at some point.”
Meanwhile, according to Abraham the Red Sox have allowed Epstein to use their offices to “conduct business while he’s in town.” Whenever they do decide to figure out the compensation, maybe the Red Sox should tack some rent money onto the Cubs’ bill.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.
Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.
Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.
Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.