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 2 – Prof: 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 7 – Prof: 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 5 – All 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 3 – Prof: 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 8 – Prof: 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/10 – This was a game that happened.
Yankees 5, Royals 4 – The Yankees continue on their tear.
Reds 2, Angels 4 – C.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 5 – Prof: 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 3 – The 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 8 – Prof: 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 7 – Prof: 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.