Kolten Wong just put the Cardinals back in front in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Dodgers with a two-run homer off Scott Elbert in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Elbert came on to replace Hyun-Jin Ryu, who allowed just one run — a solo homer by Matt Carpenter — over six innings. Not bad for 23 days’ rest, right? However, Yadier Molina greeted Elbert with a double into the left field corner before Jon Jay sacrificed him over to third base. With the rain falling, Wong then ripped a pitch over the right field fence to give St. Louis a 3-1 lead.
It’s worth noting that Elbert only made seven appearances in the majors during the regular season, yet he was asked to pitch in a very crucial situation. You’d think all that money could have bought the Dodgers a bullpen, but it remains a weakness.
Elbert was eventually pulled after giving up a two-out double to Matt Carpenter. Brandon League gave up a single to Randal Grichuk, but made a nice play on a comebacker off the bat of Matt Holliday to end the scoring threat.
We’re headed to the top of the eighth in St. Louis.
In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.
Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.
Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.