Prof: I watched part of the Cubs game last night before I started falling asleep, and they brought up an interesting point that I’d like to bring up with all of the F.I. fam. Kris Bryant has a very solid and legitimate case as NL MVP. I always think of him as third base, because that’s what he generally plays, but the ESPN broadcast said that he might be the first MVP to win as a utility player in forty years. They call him a utility player because he has over 100 games in the outfield and over 100 games in third, along with several at first and one at shortstop. Apparently the last player to have these sort of stats was Johnny Bench in 1971. We always think of Bench as the consummate catcher, but he played all over the field for the Reds. Bryant plays left and right field a lot. Another interesting stat that the broadcast mentioned – as utility players go, Ben Zobrist has the highest cumulative WAR, but Kris Bryant would have the second highest. I still think of KB as a third baseman, but what do you think? Should we really consider him a utility guy?
Blue Jays 5, Orioles 3 – Toronto got home runs out of Bautista, Martin, and Saunders.
Marlins 2, Mets 5 – Kelly Johnson hit a double with the game tied, the bases loaded, and two down in the 8th to push the Mets past the Marlins.
Reds 0, Angels 3 – Prof: WE HAVE A MADDUX! And the pitcher of the night is…. Ricky Nolasco!?!?!? Yes, Ricky Nolasco, formerly of the Twins and before that a burning garbage dump, went the distance against the Reds. 94 pitches is all it took.
Pirates 5, Cubs 6 – Prof: Speaking of KB, he hit a home run in the first to set the tone of the night. The Pirates tried their best to come back, but Chapman is just too strong. The Magic Number is …. 16.
Dodgers 0, Rockies 7 – Game 1 – Prof: L.A. forgot how to ball, and Colorado had their small time role players hungry for more. Dodgers had six hits, but couldn’t convert anything.
Dodgers 10, Rockies 8 – Game 2 – Prof: Los Angeles started this one in the hole brought about from game one, and Colorado hit five (five!!!) in the first inning. However, the Dodgers came back with fire, hitting 3 in the eighth and five in the ninth. Luis Avilan, former Braves great, gets the win. Every time I hear Luis Avilan’s name, I sing it to the tune of Feliz Navidad. I don’t know why.
Mariners 1, Rangers 14 – Prof: Carlos Gomez is digging his new digs. A grand slam puts the icing on the cake for Texas as they absolutely devour Seattle.
Nationals 2, Phillies 1 – Gio Gonzalez gave up just 2 hits and 1 run over 6 strong innings to complete the sweep.
Padres 1, Braves 8 – Prof: The Padres have a record that is nearly as bad as Atlanta, but no one seems to talk about it. Matt Wisler struck out ten in this win. Also, all hail Ender Inciarte – 2-4, 2 RBIs off of two doubles.
Twins 4, Indians 8 – Prof: Corey Kluber laughs at Wisler and strikes out 11. Here’s yet another guy who could easily be your AL Cy Young winner.
Yankees 5, Royals 4 – New York came back from down four and are now just 2.5 games back of the Orioles who just happen to be coming to town.
White Sox 2, Tigers 3 – Detroit scored 1 in the 8th and picked up a walk-off sac fly in the 9th.
Rays 6, Red Sox 8 – Hanley Ramirez hit a big grand slam in the 5th, and the Rays fought back to tie in in the 8th. The tie was short lived however as the Red Sox pulled away for good later that inning.
Cardinals 1, Brewers 3 – Prof: How do you beat St. Louis? Easy – you throw an ill timed pitch to Kirk Nieuwenhuis, whose home run brought in three runs, the only three runs that Milwaukee needed. Matt Garza went seven innings.
A’s 3, Astros 4 – Prof: Houston gets the win thanks to El Oso Blanco’s RBI single.
D’backs 2, Giants 4 – Prof: Don’t Panik – San Francisco had Joe in the lineup, who went 3-4 with a run.