The American Athletic Conference is set to consider expansion this week after six Conference USA programs applied for membership on Wednesday. If all six teams are added to the AAC, it would expand to become a 14-team league once realignment shakes out.
You could make the argument that Michael Chavis has three of the Pirates’ biggest hits this season. The 26-year-old utility man kicked off the season in style last Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals, stepping up in the top of the third inning to smash a go-ahead grand slam in the Pirates’ first win of 2022. On Saturday, against the Washington Nationals, he came through with a one-out single in the bottom of the fifth to give the Pirates the lead in another win. On Sunday, though, he came up clutch in the late innings. With one out in the eighth inning, with the Pirates trailing by a run, the Nationals decided to intentionally walk designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach, loading the bases, bringing up Chavis to face right-hander Steve Cishek. At first, Cishek couldn’t find the plate. He uncorked a wild pitch on the first offering to Chavis, scoring one run and tying the game. Chavis eventually worked a 3-0 count, but got the green light to swing away. Cishek gave him a fastball on the inside part of the plate and Chavis drove it through the infield, past a diving shortstop and into left-center, plating the go-ahead run once again in an eventual Pirates win.
Patrick Corbin was one strike away from pitching deeper into a game than any Washington Nationals starter had in 10 attempts this season. The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Daniel Vogelbach was at the plate with a full count and one out in the sixth inning. But Corbin missed with his slider away and put Vogelbach on first base.
Would anyone not want to sign him to this right now?
"Oh, hell no. I’m swinging the whole time. I’m swinging. If you throw it right there, I’m going to swing." - Juan Soto on swinging 3-0 on his Opening Day walk-off winner. New t-shirt via BreakingT
We didn't have time to write a separate lineup post for Game 2 because we've been hard at work transcribing this afternoon's 36:30 press conference on Davey Martinez's extension. So just take your FanShot lineup and like it. Got it. Sorry for yelling. We love you. -- FBB
"To be honest, it was complete instinct," Victor Robles said of his home run-robbing catch at the center field wall Tuesday night in Truist Park. It was a catch so impressive, that Breaking T decided it deserved its own shirt. Get yours thru the link above...
Juan Soto got a good look at his 463 ft home run in the series opener in New York on Monday night. "I saw where it landed right when I hit it," Soto said after the game. "I followed the ball all the way, I wanted to see if I got it in the apple. But yeah, I saw it, and it was way far." It was HR No. 58 in Soto's major league career. And it was long gone... or Juan Gone? Get it. Right. Go buy one.
"Why I say 'there goes the no-hitter' every night. A tribute to one of the biggest influences in my life [Expos' manager Felipe Alou]." - FP Santangelo on Twitter. - Us: How did it take so long to get this on a t-shirt?