Welcome to the All-Star Break! Our update on the preseason bold predictions will be out during the break, but first, the events of the week:
It’s been a banner week for pitchers at the plate. Jon Lester finally recorded his first big league hit after 78 hitless PAs, raising his career line to .014/.028/.014. He had the most PAs of anyone without a hit by a lot.
On Saturday, both AJ Burnett and Matt Harvey hit home runs. It was the second time in nine days that two pitchers had homered in a day. Before that, you have to go all the way back to 10/1/2012.
Cole Hamels allowed nine runs in 3.1 innings to the Giants, a new career high. He also allowed 12 hits, tying his career high.
Chris Archer also allowed nine runs, a career high for him.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit .079 with no homers for the Mets for being designated for assignment in May. He then went to the Angels, where he hit .136 with no homers before coming back to the Mets. On Sunday, he hit three home runs, equaling his total from last year. He also became the first Mets player to ever hit three homers in a home game.
On Friday, the Tigers led the Twins 6-0 with two outs in the 8th before Minnesota scratched a run across. Eight batters and just one out later, the Twins walked off 8-6.
Billy Butler reached on a dropped third strike.
The Blue Jays are somehow under .500 despite a +82 run differential.