Tuesday, April 20, 2021

MLB Ejections 013-14 - John Libka (NYM x2; 1-2)

HP Umpire John Libka ejected Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker in the bottom of the 4th and Mets manager Luis Rojas in the top of the 6th inning of the #Mets-#Cubs game. In the 4th, with two out, Cubs batter Jason Heyward singled, Eric Sogard singled (RBI), Jake Arrieta walked, Ian Happ walked, and Willson Contreras walked (RBI). Replays indicate of Libka's 20 callable pitches during the fractional inning prior to Walker's pitching change ejection, Libka properly officiated 20 (20/20 = 100% Accuracy), the call was correct. At the time of Walker's ejection, the Cubs were leading, 3-0.

In the 6th, with one out and none on, Mets batter Michael Conforto took a 2-1 fastball from Cubs pitcher Rex Brothers for a called second strike and 3-2 fastball for a called third strike. Replays indicate the 2-1 pitch ruled strike two was located over the inner edge of home plate and belt-high (px 0.69, pz 2.66) and the 3-2 pitch ruled strike three was located over the heart of home plate and at the hollow of the knee (px 0.15, pz 1.51 [sz_bot 1.56 / RAD 1.44]), the call was correct.* At the time of Rojas' ejection, the Cubs were leading, 3-1. The Cubs ultimately won the contest, 3-1.

These are John Libka (84)'s 1st and 2nd ejections of 2021.
John Libka now has 8 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Prev + 2*[2 AAA + 2 Correct Call] = 8).
Crew Chief Joe West now has 2 points in Crew Division (0 Previous + 2 Correct Calls = 2).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
The 2-1 pitch was located 2.69 horizontal and 3-2 pitch located 1.84 vertical inches from being incorrect.

These are the 13th and 14th ejection reports of the 2021 MLB regular season.
This is the sixth player ejection of 2021. Prior to ejection, Walker's line was
This is the seventh manager ejection of 2021.
This is Mets' 1st/2nd ejection of 2021, 1st in the NL East (NYM 2; MIA 1; ATL, PHI, WAS 0).
This is Taijuan Walker's first career MLB ejection.
This is Luis Rojas' first career MLB ejection.
This is John Libka's 1st ejection since Sept 8, 2020 (Scott Servais; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs, 4/20/21 | Video as follows:

Alternate Link: Libka ejects a pair of Mets two innings apart over a strike zone dispute (NYM/CHC)


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