Prof: Happy Monday, everyone. I don’t know if you’re like me and you need something to get you moving on a Monday or not. Last night, I took a slight break from baseball in order to watch Game 7 of the NBA Finals. I’m primarily a college basketball fan, unless the team playing has Dirk Nowitzki on it, or it’s the last game of a playoff. I always watch the last game of the Finals regardless of who is playing, because I love high pressure games. I love it in baseball, too, which is why I almost always watch the decision game of a World Series, no matter who is playing.
Scouts: I hope all you fathers and future fathers, had a great weekend. In celebration, teams around MLB wore powder blue uniforms that will be auctioned off for Prostate Cancer Foundation. Certainly a great cause, but made things a little difficult at times. I spent time with my Mother and Step-Father and we were having a hard time telling who was who, since basically everyone had the same uniforms. It didn’t help that the Blue Jays who already wear blue were in Blue and Grey, while the Orioles were in Blue and White. The Angels and Padres had the right idea. Need some color contrast in there. I also watched the NBA finals last night (Well, the last 10 mins of game time anyways.) and I am reminded why I don’t particularly care for professional basketball anymore. I used to love it as a kid, when Magic, Bird, and Michael ruled the game, but the game is just too different for me now. Golden State seemed to me to have quit. Steph Curry looked like he didn’t really want to be there, as if he had better things to do. Conversely, James’s team looked hungry, like they wanted it more. Either way, in what should have been insanely exciting, I found myself bored and playing with the smart functionality of my TV. (There’s a button that gives you a bunch of live stats you can sort through.)
Anyway, all of this to say that sometimes you just gotta celebrate a player, no matter what sport he happens to play. Or even if he’s not even a player no more.
Scores for Sunday’s games, because that’s why we’re here.
Red Sox 2, Mariners 1 – 8 hits in 8 innings, but Price holds the Mariners to just a solo homerun.
Astros 6, Reds 0 – Houston still has a long way to go to catch up, but they are starting to play like the team we thought they were.
Braves 6, Mets 0 – Prof: Braves swept the Mets. This actually happened. The Braves, owners of the worst record in the National League, beat the defending National League champions. Shut out Yoenis Cespedes. Ravaged my boy Jacob deGrom. Did they get into a tainted Shake Shack burger ala Ryne Sandberg?
Twins 7, Yankees 4 – .500 ball isn’t going to be enough to stay in this division New York. Maybe it’s time to look at trading what you can while you can.
Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 1 – Philly is on a 6 game losing streak and has lost 9 of their last 10. Whoof.
Dodgers 2, Brewers 1 – Prof: Despite a first inning homer by my small child Scooter Gennett, the Brewers could not stop doing Brewery things. A walk off walk. No, for real.
Rangers 5, Cardinals 4 – Cards are 12.5 games back despite playing .515 ball. That hurts my head. The Rangers quietly have the second best record in baseball.
Orioles 11, Blue Jays 6 – Always a tough fought series between these two teams. Orioles hitting was on point today with a season high 19 hits. Umpire Dale Scott left the game after taking a foul tip to the groin. He did NOT look good. Thankfully the Oriole’s training staff has some experience with such injuries and hopefully the injury was not too serious.
Royals 2, Tigers 1 – We got free baseball as KC pulled ahead in the 13th when rookie Chelsor Cuthbert singled in the winning run.
Padres 6, Nationals 3 – Gio Gonzalez got smacked around by the hapless Padres as the Nats drop the series finale.
Angels 2, A’s 0 – Prof: Jered Weaver with the year’s first Maddux. 95 pitches to shut out Oakland. What’s wrong with the Athletics when Weaver, whose fastball is average about 83 mph these days, shuts you out? And of course, because this is my favorite stat that references my favorite person in the world, let’s celebrate with a song that always makes me think of Greg Maddux.
I got it bad, got it bad. :p
Indians 3, White Sox 2 – Jose Ramirez walked it off in the 10th with a single as the once read hot White Sox fall three games below .500.
Marlins 3, Rockies 0 – The Marlins hold the Rockies to just two hits. Marcell Ozuna went 3-4 with all three of Miami’s RBI’s.
Cubs 10, Pirates 5 – Prof: Bryzzo is life, Bryzzo is love. Bryzzo gives us back to back homers in this game that wasn’t even as close as the score would lead you to believe.
Giants 5, Rays 1 – The Giants are now on a 8 game winning streak and are maintaining a 6.5 game lead over the Dodgers.
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