Chris Paddack let loose the fastest pitch of his major league career and a second later hollered and stalked around the grass encircling the mound after Pete Alonso had swung underneath the 98 mph fastball at his shoulders for strike three. Paddack wasn’t pleased Alonso won the National League Rookie of the Month award for April. That’s who is on the mound for the Padres every six days or so now — a 23-year-old who turns perceived slights into motivation and intends every outing to be along the lines of shock and awe.“He’s out there to dominate,” said Padres manager Andy Green, who couldn’t contain a wry smile virtually the entire time he spoke about Paddack postgame. “Tonight,” Paddack said, “I was a little more fired up.”In a 4-0 victory over the Mets on Monday, in a match-up with reigning Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom, Paddack was the best he’s been.“Today was another level,” Green said. “We’ve seen him really good. … When you start talking about going another level up from where he’s been, that’s exciting for us.”Paddack, who struck out 11 and spread four hits and a walk across 7 2/3 innings, became the major leagues’ first rookie… Read full this story
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