Surprise: The pitching performance of the night belonged not to the AL ace on the cusp of history (more on Chris Sale below) but to a Colorado Rockies pitcher with a 5.09 ERA entering Wednesday. Tyler Chatwood tossed seven scoreless innings, allowed one hit and struck out eight on a dreary evening at Citizens Bank Park where nothing went right for the spiraling Phillies—not even the Phanatic’s attempts at lightening the mood. Yes, Colorado was a popular sleeper pick before the season.
It has been five days since we found out the Cardinals failed to sign sensational Cuban outfield prospect Luis Robert. The Arch still is standing. Hyperventilation has subsided. Shouts from the angry mob have simmered to a grumble. Life, like baseball, moves on. There will be another pitch to hit. There will be another exhilarating prospect or proven star up for grabs on the open market. But I can’t give you a good reason to believe things will play out any differently for the Cardinals when that time comes. You can hope, of course — and many will do just that — convincing themselves that the next time will be different from the growing list of last times. A tip: Resist. Realize this is a high-stress,
Jose Abreu has made quite a turnaround from being a guy who was admittedly lost to bashing the ball like Abreu of old. From April 19th on, Abreu has hit at another level, reminiscent of the performances he put on throughout an eye-opening 2014 campaign in which he was the unanimous American League rookie of the year winner. Over that stretch, Abreu has slashed at an absurd .347/.404/.677 clip with nine doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 22 RBIs in 136 plate appearances. Earlier this week, Abreu said the run is the product of trusting his tireless preparation. "I struggled in the first few weeks of the season but I kept working," Abreu said through an interpreter. "Now I'm at this point where