He Said, She Said – Recaps for 7/21/16

Prof:  A travel or off day for a lot of teams yesterday. I myself had an off day, but not the kind one wishes to have! Here’s hoping that Friday is better for everyone.

Scouts: I started watching that new Netflix show Stranger Things lastnight, and damn I have to say it’s pretty fantastic.  It sort of sucks you in and next thing you know, you are 5 episodes deep.  Anyone else watching this one?  It’s gotten great press, and sort of came out of nowhere.

Braves 3, Rockies 7 – Colorado hit a few moon shots including a 459 foot by Gonzalez and a 484 by Mark Reynolds.  Don’t tell me the ball isn’t juiced.

 

Marlins 9, Phillies 3 – Prof:  Miami beats up on Philly. The score might have been worse – the Feesh ended up getting 16 hits on the game. The immortal Ichiro gets another hit on his quest towards 3,000.

Brewers 3, Pirates 5 – Prof:  Shiny trade bait Jon Lucroy sat today and the loss of his quality bat (and leadership) showed in this Milwaukee loss. Matt Garza allowed three runs in the first and Pittsburgh never looked back. The struggling Mark Melancon gets the save.

Twins 2, Red Sox 13 – Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, and David Ortiz went 14-19 with 10 runs and nine RBIs.  Thanks for nothing Minnesota.

 

Tigers 2, White Sox 1 – Miggy and Ian go boom.  Rumor is Chicago turned down a “kings randsom” for Chris Sale.  Chicago, either you are in or you are out.  Make up your damn mind.

Rays 7, A’s 3 – Sonny Gray did not help his trade value as he got tagged for 7 runs.  Tampa has now won 3 games in a row.  That’s called a winning streak.  It has happened before.

Dodgers 6, Nationals 3 – Prof:  Stephen Strasburg gets his first loss of the year, falling to LA at home. Justin Turner goes 2-3, with two home runs and 5 RBI.

Orioles 4, Yankees 1 – The Orioles are one game under .500 when Chris Tillman does not pitch.

Padres 5, Cardinals 6 – Prof:  Matt Holliday left the game early because he got smacked in the nose by a ball. According to St. Louis’ twitter account, Holliday did not break anything, but has some general swelling and should not miss any significant time.  Scouts: The Padres retired the first 13 batters and still found a way to lose.

 

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4 thoughts on “He Said, She Said – Recaps for 7/21/16

  1. The two Turner home runs were Strasburg’s undoing, obviously; after the second one (in the 3rd inning) he settled into a groove and ended up going 6 with 10 Ks.

    The game also featured a second appearance for possible potential closer of the future Koda Glover, who everyone’s raving about as a guy who’s young, fearless, and throws a 98 mph fastball. After a four pitch inning on Wednesday, he got his first K and gave up his first hit in a scoreless inning. He’ll probably get sent down on Sunday so that Giolito can be recalled to start, but he’s fun to watch.

    Meanwhile, on the other side of the field, the Dodgers limited Urias to just four innings (77 pitches), after which Dave Roberts wore a path from the dugout to the mound, deploying seven relievers to get through the rest of the game, including playing matchups twice in the fifth inning and once in the sixth. I don’t know if he was told “win this game or else” or if he’d been mandated to use his entire bullpen, but this was game seven of the World Series stuff, not the kind of thing you see in a getaway day game in July.

    The heat dome has now moved to the East Coast, and temperatures here are expected to flirt with 100 this weekend and into next week, with humidity making it feel like it might be 110. Perfect time to welcome the Padres to town for a three game set before heading out on a road trip to Cleveland, San Francisco, and Arizona. I’ll be hunkered down in the air conditioning, watching from the games from the comfort of my recliner.

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  2. Feesh 9, Feelies 3 correction: Ichiro got two hits last night and now stands at 2,996, which means – Trump supporters and your fellow neocloacals, listen up now – you can now use the fingers on one hand to calculate how many more hits he needs to reach 3000, and still have one finger left to park in your nostril!

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  3. The ball totally is juiced. It’s juiced just enough to get people to wonder about it–no one’s going to hit 60 or 70 HR this year, so it’s not like the Sosa and McGwire eras. And if someone is able to prove the ball has more pop now than the last two years (it really shouldn’t be that hard to prove–dissecting baseballs from previous years with ones this year, etc), it’ll get buried and never come out in the media.

    There are rules in place about what a ball is supposed to weigh, be composed over, etc. If MLB is breaking the rules most people won’t care, since home runs and more offense are fun. I can’t seem to find a way to look up the total runs scored through the half-season-plus we’re at in 2016 with, say, the number of runs scored at the same point two seasons ago. That might be a key to something.

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