Jeff Wilpon has taken precedent over Terry Collins, when it comes to the Mets’ seemingly constant injury woes. In recent weeks, Wilpon has been the one disclosing the Mets injuries to the public, and now, we know why. Collins has been asked not to talk about any injuries, major or minor, to the media for the time being. Why would Wilpon and Co. choose to do this? The answer to that question is about as puzzling as the Mets’ continuous string of bad luck.
Here’s what else is happening around the National League:
Stephen Strasburg has found ways to silence his doubters all along the line of his career. However, on Saturday afternoon, he managed to put up a career outing. Strasburg struck out 15 batters against the Padres, the most he’s ever fanned in one major league game. The incredible feat is just another chapter in Strasburg’s impressive resurgence.
For seven innings on Saturday, Milwaukee’s Chase Anderson commanded the attention of baseball fans nationwide. Anderson managed to throw seven no-hit innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks, his former team. The outing was huge for the Brew Crew, a unit that started out strong, but has since fallen on hard times. Milwaukee looks to take the series win Sunday.
The Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal is enjoying a career renaissance. Grandal is currently hitting a cool .292, and enjoying a fantastic May that has even garnered him one (yes, one) MVP vote. Grandal has always been a fine defensive player at catcher, and in 2017, his bat in the lineup has kept the Dodgers afloat in an uber-competitive NL West.
Brandon Phillips hung around the Reds for a long time, and as a result, he’s put up some impressive statistics over the years. Now a member of the Atlanta Braves, the latest feat for Phillips came via the long ball, when Phillips smacked his 200th career home run against the Pirates on May 22. Congratulations, Brandon!