Well, it’s just another Manic Monday. There was so much good baseball yesterday, it’s hard to know where to start.
Yes, you and every other red blooded American male had a crush on Susanna Hoffs in the 80s. Even girls crushed on her–she’s gorgeous. I always felt bad for the other girls in the group though. Handsome women.
Alright, we’re here to talk baseball on this Manic Monday, and yesterday was manic indeed. This is going to take awhile.
Want to talk manic? It was a real wild one out in Washington. The Nationals won 6-5 in 16 manic innings.
I only managed to catch the last 4 innings because I was at the beach, but that was enough. The game had everything: mimes, street carnies, Dusty being Dusty, chimps, the Stay Puff Man, She-Ra, the Commodores, pot bellied pigs, and pitchers as position players. I really have to stop doing ‘shrooms and watching baseball.
So, Bryce Harper had the day off, and Dusty was sticking to his guns. He used Royce as a pinch hitter, than sat his ass back down. It’s yer day off, I said. Siddown! What did Bryce Harper do with his one at bat? You really have to ask? The only thing Bryce Harper does when he bats. This was a source of mild controversy among my Skypers. Should Bryce have remained in the game? It seems that Dusty was determined to give Royce a day off. I don’t have a problem with Bryce sitting back down although, yes, I understand completely why you would want the 2015 and soon to be 2016 MVP to stay in the game. He is arguably the best player in baseball right now. You want him in the line-up all the time, every day, every minute, every second. However, that’s not possible. It’s a long season, and the guys need breaks. This was Bryce’s first day off. I can see Dusty’s side too. So far, I can find little fault with the way Dusty is managing this team and I am a huge Dusty critic. Either way, it all worked out for the Nats.
I love the call on Harper’s homer: “If you left early, you blew it!” Yeah. You did. That swing, Bryce Harper’s swing. It is so pure.
I don’t know if I can even begin to recap this game. It was that insane.
“This is the craziest. Yeah, this is the craziest,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said when asked where this game ranked among the wildest he’d been a part of. “We always say: Go to the ballpark, you always see something you’ve never seen before. Well, I certainly hadn’t seen anything like this. This was crazy.”
Read about it here. Some dude in Virginia would probably do a better job than me in summarizing all the shenanigans. Next person who says shenanigans.
The Rays have only scored 4 or more runs in game 4 times this season. I’m so glad they worked on those offense issues of theirs this winter at the expense of their defense. It seems to be working out well so far–cough, Hank Conger, cough.
The Rays have a fever caused by no-offensitis and the only cure was Michael Pineda.
More cowbell, baby.
Actual footage from the pregame team meeting. Pretty intense, that Souza guy:
They did indeed unleash hell with a total of 5 home runs against the Yankees, two coming from birthday boy Steven Souza, Jr. Happy Birthday to you, good man. Smyly with the win.
If you will indulge me for a moment, lots of people, including a couple who visit this blog, said that that Price for Smyly was a terrible trade for the Rays.
“Smyly currently sports a 2.51 ERA and a microscopic 0.73 WHIP with a 33:5 K:BB ratio over 28.2 innings. He’s done this while pitching against tough competition and never throwing more than 105 pitches while going deep into games. Smyly has a .200 BABIP, but his FIP (2.75) suggests he’s the real deal, and he also sports a ridiculous 15.3 SwStr%. It’s not easy to sport such a strong ERA with a relatively normal HR/FB% (9.4) and LOB% (73.0). He had a 1.17 WHIP last year, and this season’s fastball velocity (and cutter) has never been higher since his rookie campaign.”
Price currently sports a 7.06 ERA. Of course, Price is going to be better than this–his FIP is 3.29, his K/9 ratio is over 13, BABIP .419. He has run into a rough spell. It’s just interesting to compare them at this point.
Anthony Rizzo and the Cubs continued their assault on the Cincinnati Reds, 9-0.
I see what you did there, Cubs. You just toyed with the Reds on Saturday a little, let them feel good about themselves, just so you could should shut the door on them again on Sunday. The Reds could only muster 3 hits yesterday with Hammel striking out 7 in 6 innings. Rizzo, for that little performance you put on yesterday with your two-timing homers, you deserve a little kiss.
You just leave it all up to me. I’m gonna show you what it’s all about, yeah…
Houston, you broke my heart. You gave me hope, and then you crushed it. I fell asleep watching this game, because Beach + Beer = Sleep Squared (mathematical fact), only to wake up in time to see this:
Colby, hitting one for his daddy! Woooooooo! Off of the invincible Kimbrel, no less. It doesn’t get more thrilling than this. Two out, 2 strikes, bottom of the 9th, and you are the tying run at the plate.
Can’t we give ourselves one more chance?
This is one of the reasons we watch the game, right? For moments like this? I thought for certain Houston was destined to win this game after that home run, but baseball, cruel mistress who gives and takes, said no. The Red Sox battled back and won in 12 innings, 7-5. C’est la vie. La vie en rose.
Okay, gotta wrap this up.
Blue Jays 6 – Athletics 3 D-Hutch lookin’ good.
Cleveland 6 – Tigers 3 Tigers swept for first time since 2008 by Cleveland. Bad news for Cleveland, Carrasco hurt with left hamstring.
Mets 3 – Braves 2 deGromination. Mets sweep.
Brewers 8 – Phillies 5 Braun homers and steals a base. He lives! He lives!
White Sox 4 – Rangers 1 Latos continues to dominate, Sox sweep.
Royals 6 – Orioles 1 Ventura strong against Orioles, holding them t 4 hits. MLB.com called them “super-subs”: Drew Butera and Christian Colon. I love super-subs.
Mariners 9 – Angels 4 Pujols broke his 0 for 26 streak with 563rd HR, tying Reggie Jackson.
Marlins 5 – Giants 4 We had a correspondent at the game. Perhaps he will share his story.
Dodgers 12 – Rockies 10 Another wild affair with lead changes, and McGee blowin’ in the wind.
Pirates 12 – D’backs 10 (13) Yet ANOTHER crazy game. What was in the air? Same fan catches Goldy’s 2 HRs. Nuts, I tell ya.
Cardinals 8 – Padres 5 Melvin Upton Jr. drove in two runs and then got his dumb ass ejected.
So, what did I miss? Have a great Monday!
The only Iggy your kids should know.