The 3-2 pitch
Three observations …
• Even if umpires didn’t eject Texas pitcher Matt Bush for hitting Toronto’s Jose Bautista last week, a move that eventually led to a melee, he should have received more than just a fine. No one believes Bush did it unintentionally.
• Good luck to former Twin Joe Nathan, who signed with the Cubs as he recovers from a second Tommy John surgery and also has had reconstructive shoulder surgery. It would be quite a comeback if he pulls it off at age 41.
• It should be no surprise that the Yankees are struggling. They are showing their age at a few positions and GM Brian Cashman — shockingly — didn’t sign a major league free agent during the offseason.
… and two predictions
• Chris Tillman’s season is more than just a hot start. The Baltimore righthander will be in the running for AL Cy Young Award consideration at the end of the year.
• Nice run by the Phillies after they lost 99 games in 2015, but they will be in fourth place in the NL East by June 21, when they come to Target Field to play the Twins.