Stephen Strasburg went seven innings for the fifth time in five starts after an extended layoff between outings. Strasburg took time off on the paternity list, missing what would have been a start in Coors Field in Colorado, and returned today to take on the New York Mets in Nationals Park. Dusty Baker told reporters before Strasburg took the mound against the Mets, that he had no concerns whatsoever about the time between starts or Strasburg being ready.
Shoulder injuries don’t have to be damning for hitters. Look at the 469-foot home run Hanley Ramirez decimated Saturday in a 7-4 loss to the Cubs. Yes, he’s gotten off to a slow start. Through 19 games played, he has two long balls. But he had just one homer through the same number of games in 2016. He’s hitting .250 now. A year ago at this point, he was hitting .266. “Last year, Hanley started slow,” hitting coach Chili Davis said prior to the Cubs series. “I watched him, work, and work, and work, and work, and you know, he didn’t abandon what he was working on. He didn’t abandon it, he stuck with it and he perfect ed it. And when he perfected it, he went off. He’s still working. “Timing, consistency
Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez has weighed in on the developing hostilities between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles, and not surprisingly he’s taking sides with his former team. Speaking to the Boston Herald this week, Martinez admitted he would have thrown at Baltimore’s Manny Machado just as Boston reliever Matt Barnes did last Sunday. Instead, he says he would have aimed for Machado’s ribs.