Yep. The rules clearly state that the batter has to make an effort to avoid being hit to be awarded first base. Leaning your elbow into a pitch does not equal attempting to get out of the way.Scherzer has been ridiculous of late. Should've had a perfect game last night.
The difference is... the Cubs are already on the cusp, and have provided solid evidence that this is coming at a Major League level. The Red Sox on the other hand - a wholllllle lot of hope in that analysis. Frankly - I think calling them a 2017 club is selling them short. There's no reason the Cubs can't be considered a 2016 team. Hell, consider last year's Royals: at this point it isn't absurd to suggest they could make a run at a championship in 2015. The Red Sox just aren't an equivalent team to lump together with the Cubs right now.The Cubs, like Boston, are a future team. In 2017 they're both gonna be great.