Kyle Schwarber made his first career start in right field on Friday and it’s increasingly likely that he’ll find himself there for the Wild Card Game against the Pirates on Tuesday.
Schwarber logged three innings in right field in September, but he has mostly played left field of late. He only had one fly ball hit to him on Friday, but so far, so good. He’s right back in there tonight against the Brewers.
As Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com notes, one advantage of playing Schwarber in right field for the Wild Card Game is that he’ll have less ground to cover in PNC Park. Maddon is weighing a number of options for the do-or-die contest, including playing Kris Bryant in left field.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.
The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.
Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.
It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).
Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.
Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).