From CB Bucknor calling a foul tip on a swinging strike to Angel Hernandez ejecting Ian Kinsler for just glancing in his direction, 2017 might be the year of the (bad) umpire. So it’s no surprise that players have responded by renewing their calls for an automated strike zone. Ben Zobrist of the Chicago Cubs is the latest, voicing his support for robot umps after a bad strike three call ended a possible Cubs rally against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday. Commissioner Rob Manfred, while speaking with MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, gave his own thoughts on the recent comments about automated strike zones.
Three-quarters of the way through MLB's regular season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are on a record-setting pace, and they're only going to get better as they head down the stretch. Los Angeles is currently 85-34, with 11 more wins than the Houston Astros and 18 more than their closest pursuers in the NL West, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers are on pace to win 116 games, which would smash the NL record for most wins in a 162-game season, currently held by two of the greatest teams of all time: the 1975 Cincinnati Reds and 1986 New York Mets.
Jake Lamb gives the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead over the Astros with a solo home run in the sixth inning.