Before he was ejected in the eighth inning of last night’s game, Bryce Harper singled in his first at bat to extend his hit streak to 18-straight games and on-base streak to 26-straight games. Harper finished the night with a .334/.437/.628 line on the season, but his hit and on-base streaks weren’t what people were talking about after the game. It was his ejection for arguing with home plate umpire Chris Segal about a 1-0 pitch he didn’t think was a strike. Harper took the pitch, gestured emphatically that he thought it was low, and then exploded on Segal after he struck out swinging at a 98 mph 1-2 fastball from Milwaukee Brewers’ reliever Josh Hader. It wasn’t an egregious strike call by Segal
For a lot of New York Mets fans, Lucas Duda will be remembered for one throw. A throw that did not go as planned. It was November 2nd, there just so happened to be a World Series on the line, and in that moment he didn’t come through. To remember him for such a moment would be unfair as the rest of his career should be defined as a thriving success. Were there ups and downs? Sure. Duda was as streaky as they come. But, if you look back at his career averages, his OPS each month from 2014-2016 never dropped below .759. In spite of the near all-star level production, Mets fans always seemed to find a way to hate him. “Maybe they just don’t like my face,” Lucas Duda self-deprecatingly proposed.
Grant Paulsen, of 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Grant and Danny Show, and one of the louder voices of the “Move Anthony Rendon to the 2-Spot” movement, made the case for Dusty Baker batting Rendon second instead of sixth in a recent post on his new site: “It’s simple math. It’s been estimated that each spot in a batting order gets 30 or-so more at-bats than the spot behind it over the course of a season. A leadoff batter is going to get the most chances to get on base. Then a second hitter. Then the third hitter and so on. If you accept that math, which you should because it’s fact, how can you possibly advocate for hitting a .225 hitter who doesn’t get on base more often than a .320 hitter who does?