Omaha’s loss Saturday night will be a big win for anyone who likes watching two of the best pitchers in baseball face off against one another.
Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to make a surprising return to the major league rotation Saturday night, when the Dodgers visit the New York Mets in the middle game of a three-game series at Citi Field.
I watched (Corey) Kluber have about a 1.40 ERA for like 12 or 13 starts at the end of one season to win a Cy Young, said Mets manager Mickey Callaway, who was the pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians when Kluber locked up the American League Cy Young Award by posting a 1.42 ERA in his final 12 starts last season.
But this is pretty special. You don’t see this often.
Nor do matchups like Kershaw-deGrom happen very often. The clash Saturday night will mark their first regular-season matchup and the second time they’ve opposed one another.
DeGrom picked up the win in the decisive Game 5 of the 2015 National League Division Series when he tossed seven scoreless innings in the Mets’ 3-1 win over the Dodgers and Kershaw, who pitched on three days’ rest and took the loss after giving up all three runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Kershaw was originally scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Oklahoma City against Omaha, but with an uncertain weather forecast in Nebraska, the Dodgers decided to take their chances by having him pitch for the big league team in New York, where scattered thunderstorms are expected.
As you know, when a team isn’t performing as well as they’d like, it makes sense to be open-minded concerning trade scenarios, general manager Dayton Moore told Heyman. But I wouldn’t say we are moving quickly on the trade front.
Teams could be intrigued by royals closer Kelvin Herrera and third baseman Mike Moustakas. Though he’s been struggling this season, Danny Duffy could also entice some teams.
Big MLB trades usually don’t occur until closer to the July 31 trade deadline, but Kansas City appears ready to sell, and teams could soon jump on the opportunity to improve their rosters.
As it turned out, said 19-year-old and said ice-cold hitter proved to be the difference. Harper, batting leadoff for the first time in a month and a half because manager Davey Martinez hoped it would help him be more patient and therefore snap him out of his massive slump, looked as comfortable as he has in weeks. He walked twice, hit a sac fly and laced a double down the right-field line to start the winning rally in the eighth inning. Three batters later, Soto — who has been Washington’s most dependable hitter by far since getting called up from Double-A a month ago — slashed an opposite-field double to the gap in left-center, driving in Harper and Rendon to put the Nats over the top.