National League

Did the Fans Get the NL All-Stars Right?

With the starters announced, take a look to see if the right decisions were made.
Did the Fans Get the NL All-Stars Right?

With the unveiling of the MLB All-Star Game starters for the July 14 Midsummer Classic at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the fan vote always provides a little controversy. Take a look below at the National League starters and why they were or were not the best choice for the spot:


Related: Did the Fans Get the AL All-Stars Right?


Note: Statistics as of July 6

St. Louis Cardinals Rookies Fetch Team Coffee

Before today's doubleheader, several rookies were forced to get coffee for the team.

When you’re a rookie in the MLB, there are unwritten rules that you must follow as part of a rites of passage. For the St. Louis Cardinals rookies, that means getting some coffee for the rest of your team. Several rookie relievers were overseen in their uniforms at a Starbucks across the street from Wrigley Field, where they are facing the Chicago Cubs.


Jon Lester Finally Gets First Career Hit

After 66 career at-bats, Jon Lester finally got the hit he was waiting for.

Everybody knows that pitchers don’t hit well. But Jon Lester really did not for his entire career up until last night. After going hitless in his previous 66 at-bats, Lester laced a single off of former teammate John Lackey. The grounder ricocheted off of him and slowly rolled towards the shortstop. However, Lester ran in easily to first base to collect his first hit in 270 career games.


Anthony Rizzo Avoids Tag With Impressive Move

When it seemed that Rizzo would easily be tagged out, he jumped from his slide to steal the base.

Stealing any base, especially third, is extremely difficult in the MLB because of the power and accuracy of catchers behind the plate. As Anthony Rizzo headed to third base on a steal attempt, Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki delivered a perfect throw to Daniel Murphy covering third base. In perfect position to tag Rizzo out, the Cubs star simply defied all odds, jumping out of his slide to avoid the tag.


Jose Fernandez Makes His Long Awaited Season Debut

The Marlins pitcher will make his first start of the year, as will the Giants' Matt Cain.

In arguably the most anticipated debut for an injured player, Marlins pitching hurler Jose Fernandez will make his first start since May 9, 2014. After dominating in his first season in 2013 and earning the NL Rookie of the Year award, a torn UCL cut his second season very short. Now he will get his chance to pitch again, after quickly returning from Tommy John Surgery just a little over a year ago.


Zack Greinke Records First Win In Nearly Two Months

While the Dodgers' pitcher is having one of his best seasons, he has lacked run support recently.

If any pitcher is flying under the radar right now, it has to be Zack Greinke. He only has six wins, tied with 17 other pitchers for 32nd best in the MLB. However, he ranks atop the MLB in ERA and is second in WHIP (behind Max Scherzer). Yesterday, he picked up his first win since May 5. Yes, it has almost been two months in between wins. He pitched 7.2 strong innings, scattering four hits and allowing no runs. He has not allowed a run in over 20 innings, spanning three straight scoreless starts.


Mets Prospect Steven Matz Dominates on Mound and at Plate

Steven Matz impressed baseball fans with his ability to pitch and hit in his first game.

Top Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz did more than just pitch well in a rout of the Cincinnati to earn his first Major League win in his first start. In 7.2 innings, he only allowed two runs, while striking out six. But arguably his best production came on the opposite end of pitching: Batting. In three at-bats, he doubled and singled twice, driving in a debut franchise record four RBIs.


Phillies' Manager Ryne Sandberg Resigns

With the worst record in baseball, the Phillies will now be without their manager.

The Phillies have baseball’s worst record with no sign of improvement. And now they’ll be without Hall of Fame manager Ryne Sandberg. After replacing Charlie Manuel as the manager late in the 2013 season, he became the permanent manager later in the year. However, the team has struggled over his tenure, going 119-159, finishing in last place in his only full season.


Giants Pitcher Chris Heston No-Hits Mets, But Hits Three Mets

In the first no-hitter of the season, rookie Chris Heston has his best game both pitching and at the plate.

Chris Heston came into last night’s game against the Mets with some flashes of brilliance but also shaky inconsistency in several starts. He wasn’t even supposed to start this season in the majors, but an injury to Matt Cain brought him into the rotation.


Cubs' Junior Lake Homers, Then Taunts Marlins

The young right fielder homers and attempts to silence Marlins dugout, clearing both benches.

Down 6-1 in the sixth inning, Cubs right fielder Junior Lake blasted a home run deep to left field. Filling in for an injured Jorge Soler, the unassuming batter flipped his bat a bit much and trotted around the bases to collect his run. 


However, as he rounded third and headed for home, he glared over at the Marlins dugout and brought his finger to his mouth, indicating them to shush.