Prof: Hey peeps! Boy oh boy, did we have some interesting games last night. Let’s jump in the Wayback Machine; come into the lab, and see what’s on the slab.
Phillies 2, Braves 5 – Prof: DANS-BAE. Heart eyed emoji. I don’t understand how someone can play such magnificent baseball and have been so undervalued by his former team (D’backs, I am looking at you). And also, as always, his glorious hair. My lord, I think he might have the best hair in baseball right now. And yes, I’m counting the luscious locks of Jacob deGrom in that. Anyway, Dansby Swanson hit a home run and got the Braves party started. Knowing that this dude is the shortstop of the future makes the loss of Simba a little better to bear.
Twins 7, Royals 6 – Prof: Hey, Byron Buxton! Our old friend Gleeman’s favorite Twin of the Future came alive last night, hitting a go-ahead RBI triple to put Minneapolis on top. He ended up 2-3.
Cubs 1, Pirates 1 F/6 – Prof: So there was a rainout, and thanks to the Cubs clinching the NL Central and the Pirates being out of the Wild Card standings, MLB decided it wasn’t important enough to continue. So, we have the first tie in Major League Baseball since 2005.
Athletics 2, Mariners 3 – Seattle eked out a close one to keep their playoff hopes alive if just barely. They are 2 games out with three more home games against Oakland.
Rockies 2, Giants 7 – Look who decided to wake up and maintain their slim 1 game wild card lead. Johnny Cueto returned from his groin injury and worked 7 strong innings.
Rays 5, White Sox 3 – Prof: Chris Archer gets the win and Jose Quintana gets the loss. Mikey Mahtook hit a home run. Kevin Kiermaier went 3-5 and continues to battle Kris Bryant for Best Blue Eyes In Baseball supremacy.
Indians, Tigers – PPD – Prof: Here we have another interesting situation. Super rainy weather delayed the game for over four hours, and the field was so saturated that any little drop of precipitation would have made play impossible. Therefore, the game was postponed. The Indians have clinched the AL Central, but the Tigers are in the hunt for a Wild Card berth. If the Tigers are still in it by Sunday, the boys from the Magical Land of Cleve and the kids from Detroit Rock City might have to squeeze this one in somehow.
Scouts: They have announced this game will be played on Monday.
Red Sox 1, Yankees 5 – Prof: CC Sabathia had a great outing, going seven innings and allowing only one earned run. New York has been eliminated from playoff contention, while Boston has clinched the AL East title. This game marked the last time that David Ortiz played in the Bronx.
Dodgers 9, Padres 4 – Prof: Red Panda power! Justin Turner went 3-4 and drove in an RBI in this win over San Diego. Joc Pederson hit an RBI double to add some cushion to the scoreboard. Los Angeles did all of this even while having two errors.
Diamondbacks 3, Nationals 5 – Wilmer Difo hit his first major league home run and Washington pitching held the Diomandbacks to 1 run over the first 8 innings.
Orioles 4, Blue Jays 0 – Who is this pitcher and what did you do with Ubaldo Jimenez? Jimenez went 6.2 innings while giving up just one hit. Since returning from being so cover your eyes fucking aweful he had to be removed from the rotation, Jimenez has pitched to a 2.82 ERA in the second half. His ERA in the first half? 7.38. Adjustments were made. Hyun Soo Kim continues to rake going 2-3 with a walk and is now batting .308 on the year. This was a huge win for the Orioles who really needed to take 2 of three in this series. The Wild Card is now tied going into the final weekend of the season.
Reds 3, Cardinals 4 – Prof: We have umpire hijinks! This time, it’s not Country Joe West being an ass, or Angel Hernandez being completely blind, but an entire crew of umpires straight up abandoning post! Let me explain. There’s two outs in the ninth inning. Yadier Molina hit a double that might not have been a double. It drove in the winning run. Literally as soon as Matt Carpenter’s foot touched home plate, the umpires began walking off the field. Reds’ skip Bryan Price began chasing after the crew, demanding a review, but to no avail. Later on, Price would claim that the crew chief, Bill Miller, said that the Reds had ten seconds to appeal a game ending play, and that he didn’t make his appeal in time. Price doesn’t blame the umpires, but that the review system itself is flawed. However, I have to say that if you have a manager running after the umpires trying to get his cause heard, that ten second rule is nonsense. The umps just wanted to go home, and used this rotten excuse to end the game. To add insult to injury, Joey Votto left the game with a cut to his chin after an awkward slide to second base. Sorry, Reds. Y’all can’t win for losing.
Scouts: See, this is what I’ve been saying about instant replay since day 1. The system is not designed to get calls right, it’s designed to shift blame off the umpires to the managers, and that’s EXACTLY what occurred last night. Everyone is blaming Price for not challenging fast enough, when in reality, after the 7th inning, the umpires have the responsibility to challenge plays. It’s not even supposed to involve the manager at that point. And just like it is in the NFL, in the NBA, in the NCAA, and in the NHL, every fucking time there is a score it should be an immediate and automatic review, ESPECIALLY one that decides a game. But that would only work with a 5th umpire on premises in a booth, watching the replay on a monitor. And that would only work if you actually cared about getting the calls right, and now about not bruising the fragile little umpire egos. This is a mistake that could easily have playoff implications and this is a massive issue for MLB. Players and Fans have completely lost faith in the system and it needs a massive overhaul. This is the nightmare scenario.