Joe Ross didnt make it through the fifth inning in the Nationals 5-3 loss to the Padres... The enthusiasm which followed Joe Rosss return to the Nationals rotation last week was tempered somewhat by his outing on Sunday in Washingtons 5-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. The problems which preceded his trip to Triple-A Syracuse last month were present again as Ross struggled with command of his sinker and slider, ran out of gas in the fifth inning, and had his velocity fall off again late in his outing.
CSN's Kelly Crull and analyst Dave Otto discuss the upcoming matchups and Kyle Schwarber's slump in this edition of the Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers. The Cubs haven't received any California love so far on their six-game road trip. At Dodger Stadium this weekend, the North Siders were swept away in three games that were never really close. And, now, Joe Maddon's club must regroup on the fly as they head to San Diego to open a three-game set with the Padres on Monday. If it's any consolation prize, the Cubs' bats did show signs of life against three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw on Sunday. They roughed him up for 11 hits and four earned runs.
After yet another poor outing in the majors, New York Mets pitcher Rafael Montero was optioned down to Vegas on Friday in favor of 26-year-old right-hander Tyler Pill. The demotion for Montero comes immediately after his spot start on Thursday against the San Diego Padres, where he allowed three runs on five hits and three walks with four punchouts over just three innings. The Mets would go on to lose the game 4-3. The start seemed to be just more of the same for the 26-year-old out of the Dominican Republic. In his 37 games of major league action spanning three seasons, Montero has sported a 5.81 ERA, allowing 60 earned runs and walking 61 in just 93 innings. This season, he has allowed 18 earned