While some of these kids make it look easy, being a 20-something-year-old thrust into the majors is a difficult task. They’re called the minor leagues for a reason, as Jordan Montgomery will attest to.
“It’s a whole different atmosphere, man,” the 24-year-old southpaw, who debuted in April, told SN. “You’re going out there in front of 50,000 people. [There’s] a little more pressure on the games and you’re just trying to do your best to bring what you can to the table.”
Mariners (at Astros)
Status heading into series: 46-47, 2.5 out of a wild-card spot
The bright side: The Mariners haven’t made the playoffs since 2001, the longest current drought in the majors, and they’re within 2.5 games of the second wild-card spot. This season has been frustrating at times with injuries and inconsistencies, but the bottom line is they’re still in relatively good position. They have to make a run, right?
On the other hand: If they get swept by the Astros — a distinct possibility, considering Houston has the AL’s best record — they could drop further back in the race, with as many as five teams to climb over to get to that wild-card berth. Almost all of the primary figures on this team are under contract for next year, so maybe it would be more prudent to put all their eggs in 2018’s basket.
Darn fine question, Mr. Strasburg. It’s a question that was asked many times during the media session at Marlins Park on Monday, hours before the Home Run Derby showed exactly why fans love the type of power they’re seeing on a nightly basis this season. I asked some of the questions, and some were asked by other reporters in the group.
First, though, a response from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred about the possibility that baseballs are somehow “juiced” this season.
Manfred: Baseballs have been tested repeatedly and “I know with absolute certainty” that baseballs are within specified limits.