Chicago reliever Matt Albers did something nobody expected him to do in Wednesday’s 2-1 win by the White Sox over the Mets. The man got a double in the top of the 13th and then scored off Jose Abreu’s sac fly. He hadn’t even batted since 2009. (That’s seven years if you can’t do basic math. A lot of players’ careers sadly don’t last that long at the level he’s been.)
What surprised me more isn’t that he went on to pitch later that inning and got the win, but that he’s had an incredibly poor run in relief pitching lately and still pulled this off. Not much to make a big deal of with how well NL pitchers do when batting, but it continued what is hopefully a turnaround for the Sox, who’d lost 15 of 19 games before Tuesday’s previous win.