During today’s All-Star media session Philadelphia closer Jonathan Papelbon reiterated his stance from last week that the Phillies should trade him as soon as possible:
Nothing new except for the phrasing, although that’s sure to receive plenty of attention. Papelbon has been very open about his desire to be traded and gives strongly worded quotes whenever he’s asked about the situation recently.
Named an All-Star for the sixth time at age 34, he has a 1.60 ERA and 35/7 K/BB ratio in 33.2 innings this season in the final fully guaranteed year of his contract.
Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler made a critical catch in the eighth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Nationals. With the Cardinals leading 5-1, the Nationals were threatening with runners on first and second with one out against lefty Andrew Miller. Asdrúbal Cabrera worked a full count before serving a 3-2 outside slider to right field. The ball had home run distance, but Fowler tracked it, leaped at the wall, and robbed Cabrera of a three-run home run.
Carlos Martínez relieved Miller, getting Victor Robles to ground out to end the inning. The Cardinals would go on to win 5-1.
The game had playoff implications on both sides. The win bumped the Cardinals’ hold on first place in the NL Central to 2.5 games while the Nationals’ lead over the Cubs and Brewers for the first NL Wild Card shrinks to just one game.
The Nationals will close out their final road trip of the regular season with three games against the Marlins before hosting the Phillies for five games and the Indians for three. The Cardinals, meanwhile, begin their final road trip of the regular season with four against the Cubs followed by three against the Diamondbacks before closing out the season at home with three games versus the Cubs.