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Pirates pitcher takes heat for Jon Lester tweet

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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon took some heat for a tweet he sent about Jon Lester during the NL Wild Card Game on Tuesday night.

Taillon noted that Lester got a favorable call on his cutter early in the Chicago Cubs’ game against the Colorado Rockies, saying it’s a call Lester always gets.

Some fans thought that was an example of Taillon showing some saltiness over Lester getting calls others don’t. He tried to clarify himself and say it wasn’t a diss.

Taillon may have backed off the notion that he was throwing shade at Lester, but it’s not like he was wrong about Lester getting a favorable call. The Cubs southpaw struck out Trevor Story on three pitches in the first inning. MLB’s technology showed that all three pitches were outside, including the first and third, which were backdoor pitches called for strikes.

In the fourth, Lester benefited from another generous call from home plate umpire Chris Guccione. Guccione punched out Ian Desmond on a 3-2 backdoor curve that appeared to be outside.

Shade intended or not, Taillon wasn’t wrong about Lester benefiting from generous calls against the Rockies.

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