First base umpire Mike Estabrook made one of the worst calls of the season on a play in the top of the fifth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game between the Mets and Diamondbacks. With the Mets up 1-0, the D-Backs were threatening with runners on first and second. Unfortunately, pitcher Robbie Ray was up. On the first pitch he saw from Rafael Montero, Ray dropped down a bunt on the third base side. Wilmer Flores initially broke back towards the bag, so he had to pivot and come back in on the ball and whip it across the diamond. Ray was a couple of steps past the first base bag when the ball hit Dominic Smith’s glove, but Estabrook ruled Ray out. The call was quickly overturned.
No word yet if the umpires plan to wear white wristbands in protest of me pointing out this horrible call.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.