40-year-old Bobby Abreu was released by the Phillies at the end of spring training, but he continues to be a surprising contributor for the offense-starved Mets.
Hitting cleanup with Curtis Granderson sidelined due to a calf injury, Abreu went 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored last night in a 6-2 victory over the Padres at Citi Field in New York. He doubled and scored in the second inning, singled and scored in the fourth, had an RBI single in the fifth, and knocked in another run with a single in the seventh. The big night gave him his first four-hit game since May 30, 2011 with the Angels.
Abreu is now batting .319/.386/.472 with one home run, 11 RBI, and more walks (nine) than strikeouts (eight) over 83 plate appearances this season. It should be said that 41-year-old Bartolo Colon was the winning pitcher last night after giving up two runs over 7 1/3 innings. He has a 1.83 ERA over his last five starts. The Mets are building around youth, but the old dudes are getting it done right now.
On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!
Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.
José Altuve was also hit by a pitch against the Tigers on Sunday. The pitch, which looks to be the off-speed variety, appeared to graze his uniform as opposed to hitting him flush, so it was likely unintentional on the part of pitcher Nick Ramirez.
Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.
Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.