He Said, She Said – Recaps for 8/30/16

So since I’ve been so under the weather lately (Where does that phrase even come from, it doesn’t make any sense), I’ve been spending my time watching a lot of Netflix.  Usually I’ll put on a show, and watch in bits and parts as I fade in and out of sickly consciousnesses.  But in between the fever dreams, I have managed to actually watch some really good stuff.  Now I know I’m a little late to the party on this one, but it didn’t seem to get much press previously so I want to take a few moments to bring it to your attention.  I’m not sure if you’ve heard of it before, but I managed to binge watch every episode of Black Mirror, the absolutely best futuristic science fiction dystopian show ever made.  The show is dark, intense, so smart that each episode has the potential to really set you back and have to actually think for once.  Each episode is completely stand alone mind-fuck of a show that can really make you ponder where we are headed.  It’s sort of like the Twilight Zone, but ratcheted up 30 or 40 few notches.  And the best part?  Netflix picked up the series and is promising to release at minimum 12 more episodes.  Currently there are 7 episodes in total and I can’t decide which one I can’t stop thinking about.  Someone watch this shit now so we can talk about it!  White Christmas was like 3 episodes in one.  The National Anthem really set the tone for the series.  The Entire History of You still has me a little shaken up.  What’s your favorite episode?

Today I have for you one of my favorite all time bands.


Nationals 3, Phillies 2Prof:  Max Scherzer struck out 11 batters in this game, but surprisingly allowed two runs in the seventh inning. Mark Melancon gets the save.

Padres 3, Braves 7Prof:  Please allow me to pledge my love to one Dansby Swanson, who is the light at the end of this bleak, dreary tunnel that’s been the Atlanta Braves for the last couple of years. Swanson, who came to Atlanta thanks to THE WORLD’S BEST TRADE ™, went 2-4 and drove in three runs. Dansby sounds like a Civil War general, though, doesn’t he? Plus, he has terrific hair. #HairEnvy

Twins 4, Indians 5All 9 runs were scored in the first 4 innings.  Rajai Davis blasted a 3 run HR in route of a comeback against the Twins.

 

A’s 1, Astros 3 Altuve went 0-3 with 1 man left on base.  That’s about the most interesting thing about this game.

Pirates 0, Cubs 3Prof:  Everyone, give it up for Kyle Hendricks. While the AL has about ten different guys who could easily win the Cy Young this year, for my money your front runner in the NL is Kyle Hendricks. Which is hilarious, because at the beginning of this season everyone (including myself) wrote Hendricks off as a back of the rotation guy. Whatever magic that Jake Arrieta had last year has migrated to Hendricks. Plus, and I really don’t say this lightly, he is one of the few people who get a Maddux comparison that actually had some similarities? Next time you get a chance, watch the way Hendricks’ head holds steady when he is at his release point. Watch that and then find some best of video of Maddux and see why this isn’t a bad comparison. In other news, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo continue to be awesome.

 

Mariners 7, Rangers 8Prof:  Rougned Odor and Adrian Beltre were on another level last night. Both went 3-5 and both hit a home run. Odor’s homer was a two run walk-off. Scouts:  Rougned Odor pimped the shit out of his walk-off, so I have to wonder, according to his own rules, does that mean that someone from Seattle is allowed to knock his ass out?  Odor, you look like a hypocrite now I hope you know that.

 

Cardinals 2, Brewers 1 F/10This was a game that happened.

Yankees 5, Royals 4 The Yankees continue on their tear.

Reds 2, Angels 4C.J. Cron was the hero of this affair, hitting two home runs and picking up 3 of the teams 4 RBIs.

Diamondbacks 4, Giants 3 Cueto loses to Greinke after giving up a 4 run 5th inning.

Blue Jays 3, Orioles 5Prof:  Manny Machado hit his 100th home run of his career last night. Remember, folks, he’s only 24 years old. Everyone’s favorite bust, Matt Wieters, went 2-4 and hit a homer himself.

Scouts: The O’s picked up a big win, with Ubaldo Jimenez pitching of all people (who didn’t suck for once!).  Chris Davis smashed a bat across his leg like it was a twig.  My favorite part of this game however, was the following post game quote from Wieters: “After (Schoop) saw five or six sliders, I was pretty much thinking I was going to (look for) a fastball,” Wieters said. “Fastball command can be a little bit difficult after throwing so many sliders, so I was looking for something up, something middle, and I was able to get it.”  Wieters hit the exact same pitch that Davis struck out on two batters previously.  These are the things that make me love Baseball.  So many people say Baseball is boring, but that’s because they don’t see the battles within.  It is really awesome seeing this perspective of the game.

 

Rays 4, Red Sox 3The Rays exposed the Sox here, the 6-8th innings are their biggest weakness.  Evan Longoria blasted number 31 and it was the winner.

 

White Sox 4, Tigers 8Prof: We got ourselves a happy Historio! The only thing that would have made her happier was if a Chicago player got HBPiD. J.D. Martinez had a perfect night, going 3-3 with a homer and 2 doubles. Ian Kinsler also had a home run and 4 RBI. 

Marlins 4, Mets 7Prof:  We had another perfect night from an everyday player; this time it was Curtis Granderson. The Grandyman can, and did, going 2-2 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI. Jose Reyes went 4-5.  And of course, Noah Syndergaard had a great tweet to celebrate. BTW, I am 100% with Thor here. I am a wave killer.

 

Dodgers, Rockies – PP (rain). They will make it up in a double header on Wednesday.

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20 thoughts on “He Said, She Said – Recaps for 8/30/16

  1. The Feesh lost for the fourth consecutive time as Tom Koehler fell apart in the sixth after barfing up five earned runs during his attenuated stint (ever had an attenuated stint? You should try it some time). The Feesh are now 10-17 for August, which mercifully ends today and which, perhaps just as mercifully, vouchsafed the Rainbow Warriors three orf days.

    Koehler, like the rest of the pitching staff, has been pretty good this month – the Feesh are third in the league in ERA – while it has been their battered offense that has failed them. With Justin Bour and the Iron Giant languishing on the DL they’re dead last in the majors in runs scored this month. Jar Jar Baseball said that they had to figure out ways to manufacture runs. I suggest they could do that more cheaply in Mexico, where all the run-manufacturing jobs have gone, than in Macondo with its notoriously high priced yuppie labor.

    Speaking of which, Yasiel Puig was claimed orf revocable waivers yesterday by a mystery team (Ya-daaaaa, make way for the mystery team. Ya-daaaa, make way for the mystery team.) We may rest assured that it wasn’t the Feesh.

    You could hear the dull thud of the Rainbow Warriors dropping into third place in the Real Real Baseball Eastern Division behind the Mutts, 3.5 games out of the wild card. At 67-65, they’re only two games beyond the strange attractor for the first time since June 18 and firmly ensnarled in its gossamer reality waves.

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  2. So since I’ve been so under the weather lately (Where does that phrase even come from, it doesn’t make any sense

    Apparently it’s nautical. According to “Two Years Before the Mast” by Richard Dana the full phrase is “under the weather rail,” which is where tired (or ill) sailors would stow themselves to get some rest.

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  3. Watching Max Scherzer pitch a game for one’s favorite team brings with it a sense of hope and anticipation of something special (no hitter, perfect game, shutout, 20 Ks) happening each time out. This sense is reminiscent, in this writer’s experience, of the hope and anticipation that accompanies the early stages of a relationship, where one wonders if tonight will be the night that it happens, or if it’ll just be another night of enjoying each other’s company, making out in the basement while the parents are upstairs, maybe a little over the shirt action.

    ahem Where was I?

    Scherzer was perfect into the 5th last night before surrendering a walk. Freddy Galvis broke up the no-hitter in the 6th with a double, something he also did to Scherzer in June of 2015; that’s the 9th time in 61 starts with the Nats that Scherzer’s taken a no-hitter into the 6th. Ryan Howard got Scherzer for a two-run opposite field homer in the 7th, but Scherzer finished with his usual stomping around the mound flourish, and the Nats held on for the win.

    Tonight is game 20 of the Nats’ 20 in 20 days stretch. Rosters expand tomorrow, Strasburg looks like he’ll be back on Monday, and I expect the Nats to have eleventy billion relievers in the pen for the duration of the regular season, with every player getting a day off here and there.

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  4. There is exactly 1 starter that hasn’t been lit up once all season. He hasn’t given up more than 4 runs….earned, unearned, whatever….in any of his 25 starts this year.

    The full breakdown of this studly motherfucker’s work:
    Starts allowing 4 ER – 2
    Starts allowing 3 ER – 3
    Starts allowing 2 ER – 7
    Starts allowing 1 ER – 6
    Starts allowing 0 ER – 7

    Everyone else…Kershaw, Scherzer, Bumgarner, Sale, Thor, and all the rest…has had at least one 5+ ER blowup somewhere along the way.

    But not Kyle Hendricks, because all he does is get guys out.

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  5. It was super adorable watching JaCoby Jones (Jones!) get his first MLB hit/rbi/run. He put us ahead and his moms was so happy. They interviewed her beforehand during the game, and she looked like she was going to throw up during his first AB. Thankfully, he subsequently got an RBI hit and then scored a run himself later. So, those trades last season have worked out for us thus far.

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    • And reporters/editors everywhere are likely cursing that silly capital C in the middle of his name. He’s the first Tiger since the immortal Hank Riebe to have 2 hits and 2 RBI’s in his first major league game. The great thing about a kid getting his first hit in the majors is you never know if he’s the next big thing or just another here today, gone tomorrow player. Enjoy it while it lasts, kid. Here’s a song for you.

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  6. You missed one feature of the Astros game. After a long layoff for ear surgery, Colby Rasmus got a home run in his first at bat. Given his abysmal season to date, I hope he finds that ear cyst was actually part of the difference. I have my doubts.

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