Major League Baseball just announced that Matt Kemp of the Dodgers and Robinson Chirinos of the Rangers have each been suspended for one game as a result of their on-field altercation in the bottom of the third inning of Wednesday evening’s game at Dodger Stadium.
The dustup began when an errant throw brought Chirinos into the base line as Kemp was approaching home plate. Kemp attempted to barrel Chirinos over — he failed to dislodge the ball — and when Chirinos got up he shoved Kemp, Kemp shoved back and the benches cleared. Kemp would’ve been out either way for violating the rule protecting catchers from takeout slides.
Kemp has appealed his suspension and will be eligible to play against the Giants tonight. As of the moment Chirinos has not yet appealed his suspension, but if he does he’ll be able to play against the Rockies.
For the second year in a row, the All-Star Game will feature a starting pitching matchup of Chris Sale vs. Max Scherzer. The two were just announced at a press conference at Nationals Park.
This, in fact, will be Sale’s third straight start of the Midsummer Classic, as he faced off against Johnny Cueto of the National League in 2016. It’s Scherzer’s third start in an All-Star Game overall, as he got the starting nod for the American League back in 2013 against Matt Harvey.
Sale is 10-4 with a 2.23 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 188/31 in 129 inning pitched. He leads the American League in ERA, strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings pitched, with 13.1.
Scherzer is 12-5 with a 2.41 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 182/34 in 134.2 innings pitched. He leads the National League in wins, complete games, shutouts, strikeouts, innings, batters faced, WHIP, hits per nine innings allowed and strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
Because it’s the All-Star Game neither will notch a win, even if one could get a loss. Still, it’s a matchup of the two best pitchers going in 2018 and, with a tip of the cap to Clayton Kershaw, the two best starting pitchers of this era.