Arizona, the New York Mets and St. Louis have won more games at Atlanta's Turner Field this season than the Braves, who are 2-17 at home. ...
The Chicago Cubs are the fourth team since 1950 to begin a season with a 25-6 record or better. The 1984 Detroit Tigers, the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers and the 1958 New York Yankees all won the World Series. ...
Seattle's Felix Hernandez became the winningest pitcher in team history with his 146th win Tuesday, breaking a tie with Jamie Moyer. ...
Bryce Harper was walked six times in a game Sunday. Yasiel Puig has walked six times this season. ...
Fantasy watch: The Chicago White Sox have made Miguel Gonzalez a permanent part of their rotation after he held Texas to one run in 5 2/3 innings in a spot start last week. ...
Two managers are on the hot seat, Atlanta's Fredi Gonzalez and Detroit's Brad Ausmus, who told mlive.com, "I knew when I took this job, I was probably going to get fired before I walked away from it. How many managers walk away from a job?" ...
Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, who is seeking a contract extension, was asked if he will be looking for a bigger extension than Stephen Strasburg's seven-year, $175-million deal. His answer: "I'll let you judge that. Just look at the numbers. Financially I'm fine, regardless. You want to be paid in respect to how your peers are paid." Arrieta also said he would not give the Cubs a hometown discount. He is 42-13 with a 2.15 earned-run average since joining the team in 2013. ...
Strasburg looks at hometown discounts differently than Arrieta, attributing his beliefs to Tony
Gwynn, his coach at San Diego State: "He definitely had that sense of loyalty. I think there were certainly times in his career where he could've gone other places, but the city, San Diego, kind of grew on him, and he became an icon in that city. I'm not about to say that I'm going to be on his level here in D.C., but I think you do have some sort of sense of loyalty to the team that did draft you, at least speaking for myself." ...
Miami ace Jose Fernandez had this to say about new Manager Don Mattingly: "He is amazing. I'm in love with this team." He went on to praise Mattingly's demeanor and attention to detail. ... Zack Greinke of the Arizona Diamondbacks has given up 24 earned runs in five home starts this season. Last season he gave up 19 earned runs in 17 home starts at Dodger Stadium.
vs. Angels: Monday, 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 7 p.m.
at Angels: Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Thursday, 7 p.m.
at San Diego: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
RF comparison: Matt Kemp: .246, 8 HR; Yasiel Puig: .244, 4 HR.
at Dodgers: Monday, 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 7 p.m.
vs. Dodgers: Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Thursday, 7 p.m.
vs. Baltimore: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30 p.m.
RF comparison: Mark Trumbo: .308, 11 HR; Kole Calhoun: .291, 2 HR.
MLB SERIES OF THE WEEK
Washington Nationals at New York Mets
Tuesday through Thursday
The week's top series, if only for Tuesday's projected pitching matchup: Max Scherzer, who tied a major league record with 20 strikeouts in his last start, against Noah Syndergaard, the hardest-throwing starter in the majors.
What they're saying on Twitter:
Whoever has a voodoo curse on me, please reverse it now, thank you.
--Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker (@MattShoe52), who is 1-5 with a 9.12 ERA.
Tonight was a direct result of Bartolo inspiring me to be a better man. #histrotwasbetter
--Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard), after hitting two home runs at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. Bartolo Colon, 43, hit his first career homer for the Mets earlier on their road trip.
Congratulations to @Max_Scherzer on an impressive and dominant performance tonight. Welcome to the club! #Filthy
--Kerry Wood (@KerryWood), after Scherzer joined the 20-strikeout club on Wednesday (Wood, Scherzer, Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson).
Thanks man! I loved watching ur game as a kid dreaming of doing the same. It's crazy to me we now share that feat
--Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer), in reply to Wood.