A fun — fun? I dunno — moment in last night’s Phillies-Mets game. Joe West was working home plate in the top of the eighth inning when Jeff McNeill smacked one to first base with the infield in. Rhys Hoskins fielded it and threw home as Mets outfielder Rajai Davis attempted to score from third.
The throw was on target, Davis slid and he was . . . safe? out?
Well, we had to wait a minute to know for sure because Davis took out West’s legs on the slide and West had a bit of an issue getting up off of him. Eventually, however, he got an assist from Phillies pitcher Hector Neris and made the call:
To Davis — who, yes, was out — it must’ve felt like an eternity:
🎵Does any man know where the love of God goes when the West turns the minutes to hours . . . 🎵
On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!
Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.
Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.
Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.