Three things they teach you in Little League: Ready position, keep your eye on the ball and catch it with your jersey. OK, so maybe no Little League coach ever said that last one, but Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Nick Pivetta did it anyways Monday night. Pivetta was facing the Los Angeles Dodgers — specifically catcher Austin Barnes — and when Barnes ripped a comebacker right at Pivetta, the pitcher pulled off the type of catch you don’t often see.
Pat Neshek (left) aired his beef with Zack Greinke on an online collecting forum. Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Pat Neshek is MLB’s most avid baseball card and autograph collector. Neshek collects a lot more than 1985 Topps, though, so when he was chosen for the All-Star game this year in Miami, Neshek was asked which player’s autograph he was most eager to try to get.
There was no way the Phillies were winning this game, right? Nick Pivetta carried a 6.75 ERA into his start — that's the fifth-highest ever by a Phillies pitcher in a season in which he'd pitched at least 110 innings — and he was facing one of the best pitchers in the game in Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night. Kershaw, a three-time National League Cy Young award winner, entered with the best ERA in the majors — 2.12 — and he'd allowed just one run in 31 innings in his previous four starts against the Phillies. What's more, five players in the Phillies' lineup had never faced Kershaw, and usually, the advantage goes to the pitcher in those situations.