LEADING OFF: Harper gets steamed, Trout reaches milestone

A sight at what’s going down across the majors this present day:

HOT HARPER

Bryce Harper will most certainly be cooled off, a day after he modified into ejected all over Philadelphia’s sport in opposition to the Mets at Citi Field. The slumping slugger went wild, arguing with first imperfect umpire Roberto Ortiz over a fine-outrageous call.

Phillies 2d baseman Neil Walker tried to restrain Harper, who then bought in Ortiz’s face and started yelling on the 35-year-weak ump — an apparent violation of Fundamental League Baseball’s safety protocols all over this pandemic-shortened season. Walker and first imperfect coach Paco Figueroa tried to comprise Harper abet, and supervisor Joe Girardi also came out to abet usher the extensive name off the self-discipline.

Harper could perchance were pissed off by a miscue an inning earlier. He didn’t demand a popup that grew to change into a sacrifice flee when Walker caught the ball in shallow valid.

Harper is perfect 7 for 47 (.149) in his final 15 video games, dropping his batting moderate from .367 down to .271.

TROUT’S TREY

Angels extensive name Mike Trout grew to change into the group of workers’s profession house lunge leader when he hit No. 300 Saturday in the first sport of a doubleheader in opposition to Houston. The three-time AL MVP broke a tie with Tim Salmon for the franchise yarn.

Trout leads the majors with 15 house runs and has connected five events in eight video games.

ACE OFF

Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (4-2, 2.46) opposes two-time reigning NL Cy Younger Award winner Jacob deGrom (2-1, 1.76) in a rare showdown between the NL East aces. The pair enjoy finest shared the mound as soon as, a 2018 sport in which deGrom modified into pulled after one inning in a return from damage. DeGrom (18.9 Wins Above Replacement) and Nola (16.2) ranked first and 2d amongst all starting pitchers in WAR for the explanation that originate of 2018, per Baseball Reference.

A BIG FAN

A’s extensive name Matt Chapman has struck out in eight of 9 at-bats since Oakland had four video games postponed due to pitcher Daniel Mengden’s decided coronavirus test.

Chapman fanned all five events he came up Saturday in an 8-4 snatch over San Diego. He’ll strive and win abet in the swing when the Athletics face Garrett Richards (1-2, 4.63 ERA) on the Coliseum.

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