Depending on your perspective, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was either practicing self-preservation or selfishness in his post-draft comments about third-round quarterback Mason Rudolph.
But either way, Tommy Maddox has been the in both situations before.
“I don’t think it’s a situation where Ben owes it or that’s his job or whatever. But it is his job as a leader of the team to lead the team and make sure there’s no distractions.”
Maddox also saw it from the other perspective, as some guy named John Elway wasn’t necessarily thrilled when the Broncos drafted him in the first round in 1992. Asked what he’d tell Rudolph, he replied: “Be yourself, go about your business, do the things that you need to do. Kind of control what you can.”
Roethlisberger can do just that by playing at the level he’s accustomed to, which will make questions of a succession plan moot until the veteran starts talking about retirement again.
Curtis Granderson (L), 12 percent, Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox (RHP Rick Porcello): Granderson continues to excel against righties which keeps him in the lineup against them, often atop the order. He has a .907 OPS and both of his homers against righties so despite the playing-time crunch among OF in Toronto, he should remain a fixture versus righties. Porcello is off to a great start this year, but just last year allowed an incredible 21 homers to lefties in 427 plate appearances.
“You can think it’s going to be easy — you may think that — but we’re still going to fight. The guys on this roster just keep fighting.”
Matt Wisler (R), 2.7 percent, Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds: Wisler held the Mets to one run on just two hits and no walks – while striking out eight – over seven innings on April 19 after being called up from Triple-A Gwinnett. The righty enjoyed a smidge of prospect hype in recent seasons, but hasn’t converted it as a major-leaguer, fanning just 6.4 per nine with a 5.16 ERA in 68 appearances. He worked at a quick pace in his 2018 debut, which may go a long way to dispatching the hapless Reds, who make plenty of contact, but haven’t produced much from it.