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LEADING OFF: Callaway future, Guerrero surge, Springer out

May 20, 2019
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway stands in the dugout before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:

MANAGING EXPECTATIONS

Mets manager Mickey Callaway is on the hot seat as his slumping team returns home to play NL East rival Washington. New York (20-25) has lost five straight and was swept in three games at lowly Miami over the weekend, totaling only three hits in consecutive shutouts. The listless Mets are 11-21 in their last 32 games. “I respect the hell out of Mickey,” pitcher Noah Syndergaard said. “It’s certainly not on him.”

VLAD AND VICTORIA

Big-hitting rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays host Boston in an afternoon game on Victoria Day. The 20-year-old Guerrero has homered four times in his last six games — he didn’t homer in the first 13 games after making his debut in late April.

Red Sox lefty David Price (1-2, 3.75 ERA) is scheduled to come off the injured list and start. He has been sidelined with elbow tendinitis since May 3.

ASTRO OUT

AL home run leader George Springer has stiffness in his lower back and won’t play when the Astros open a series at home against the White Sox. The outfielder made an early exit Sunday at Fenway Park when he felt tightness. Springer, who has 17 home runs, will be re-evaluated in Houston.

REMEMBER ME?

An All-Star for the Cubs when they won the 2016 World Series, Jake Arrieta (4-4, 4.02 ERA) starts at Wrigley Field for the Philadelphia Phillies. Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.14) pitches for Chicago in the opener of a four-game series between NL division leaders.

SEVENTH HEAVEN

Jake Odorizzi (6-2, 2.63 ERA) has won six straight starts for the AL Central-leading Twins, giving up a total of six earned runs during that span. Quite a reversal from his results early in the season, when he was wild and went 0-2 in his first three starts. Odorizzi will try to extend the streak when he pitches in Anaheim against the Angels.

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