Here’s the lineup for today. Mike Zunino gets his usual day off. Chris Denorfia is in left and Logan Morrison is in right field and Dustin Ackley is out of the lineup. Why?
“Well it’s a chance to give him two days,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He’s been going at it really hard. It’s a chance to get him cleaned up for the stretch run. I thought we should take advantage of it. He’s dinged up. Hell, everybody is dinged up this time of year. He’s had a sore back for a couple days. But he’s ok. This is just a chance to freshen him up.”
This could be another reason why ….
Do these numbers mean everything? No. Do these numbers mean anything? Yes. Do these numbers prove that you like to use the snipping tool and baseball reference way too much? Maybe.
I did ask Chris Young about his two hits off of Hamels. They came in his first start for the Mets – a 7-1 win. Young actually had three hits in the game, two off of Hamels and one off of Kyle Kendrick. The one off of Kendrick was a chopper up the middle that Chase Utley fielded on the grass but couldn’t make a play on. The three hits by a pitcher in a game is a Mets record.
So is he ready to pinch hit off of Hamels today?
“I don’t want to ruin my average,” he said.
Mike Zunino leads the American League in hit by pitches with 14. He has more hit by pitches than walks (13). Last night he was hit by a 91 mph sinker from AJ Burnett right on the elbow. He had a few seam marks on the elbow.
“It was a funny bone shot,” he said. “Once you have one there, it’s all the same, isn’t it?”
So about leading the league in hit by pitches?
“I’m leading in something,” he said laughing. “What can you do about it. Ugly finder, I guess.”
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