After splitting their first six games, the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs wrap up their regular season series this afternoon in Wrigley Field.
Erick Fedde is on the mound for the Nationals vs the Cubs’ Jon Lester in the third of three in the Windy City at 2:20 PM EDT.
What have we learned about the teams through the first six games? Who knows, that’s a question for someone with analytical skills and a lot of time on their hands.
What we can tell you is that we learned yesterday that Matt Wieters does not curse. At least that’s what Dusty Baker said when he was asked about the veteran catcher’s late-game ejection in the second game of three in Chicago.
Wieters was apparently tossed for arguing about the strike zone for Nats’ pitchers vs Cubs’ pitchers with home plate umpire Chad Whitson at the end of the sixth inning.
Here’s what Baker said about the altercation when asked what was behind ejection:
“That’s what I asked [Whitson]. I asked him, ‘Did he curse you?’ and he said, ‘No.’ And he said, ‘I told him that was enough,’ and he tossed him for talking, but I know Wieters didn’t curse him, because he doesn’t curse, and so that was a very, very quick hook in my opinion and it took us down to one catcher. I don’t know how many times he’s gotten tossed, but I bet it’s not many.”
Hear that, Wieters doesn’t curse. Someone put the “breaking news” headline on the front page!!! I guess that’s my job. As is presenting you with the links today...
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