Fox Studios has announced that 2018 will be the host to three X-Men movies. Deadpool 2 (June), X-Men: Dark Phoenix (November), and New Mutants (April). Combined with several Marvel movies and DC pushing The Flash, Aquaman, and who knows how many Batman movies, it looks like the Super Hero genre is going as strong as ever. The question however, is are the studios pushing too hard? Are we worried about Super Hero Overload? Are we at the point where enough is enough? Or are we still thirsty for more? Will 2018 finally be the year DC gets it’s head out of it’s ass? Could Acquaman be the one to turn it around?
Cubs 5, Reds 7 – Prof: The Rockin’ Reds are on a surprising run lately. They don’t have a team of much consequence, with the exception of the always underrated Joey Votto, yet they are defeating teams that on paper are miles above them in quality. Today, they beat the reigning World Champion Cubs. Granted, it was John Lackey starting for Chicago….but Cincinnati had Bronson Arroyo! The only bright spot for Chicago was the as-usual great performance of Anthony Rizzo.
Cardinals 6, Brewers 4 – Scouts: Ryan Braun came just a few feet short of tying the game in the 9th, but it was not meant to be.
Tigers 13, Twins 4 – Scouts: 13 runs on 13 hits. That’s the type of game that’s a whole lot of fun for one fan and misery for another. Alex Avila and John Hicks both homered for the Tigers. Hicks alone had 5 RBI’s.
Braves 2, Phillies 5 – Prof: Oh boy. Another day, another crappy performance from the Braves. What’s sad is that Atlanta’s starter, Mike Foltynewicz, pitched very well (7 innings, 1 R, 4 H, 9K. That’s great work). It was the bullpen and the Braves’ abysmal bench that did them in. Philadelphia had three consecutive home runs off of the terrible Barves bullpen. They are who we thought they were!
Royals 2, Rangers 5 – Prof: YU! YU GOT WHAT I NEEEEEEED! Darvish went eight strong, healthy innings, giving up two solo homers in the third inning, but settled down to help Texas bend the game to its will. Joey Gallo continued his bomb-a-palooza, hitting another home run – his sixth of the young season.
Astros 6, Rays 4 F/10 – Scouts: Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve both homered for the Astros while Brian McCann picked up the go-ahead single in the 10th completing a come from behind victory.
Red Sox 6, Orioles 2 – Scouts: There was some drama in this one. The Red Sox, who had been throwing a fit over Manny Machado accidentally injuring Dustin Pedroia on Friday night, decided to throw 4 consecutive pitches over two separate at-bats at Machado. The final one missing his head by mere inches. It was a real cowardly move by Matt Barnes. We go through this every year, and every year MLB completely ignores this problem of players deciding to exact revenge for slights real or imagined by intentionally attempting to end a player’s career. It needs to stop and the commissioners office needs to step in and make a bold statement. The interesting wrinkle to this story is Dustin Pedroia and Machado are friends. Machado reached out to Pedroia on Friday night and the two have no animosity over the incident. Pedroia was seen mouthing on the field after the throw “It’s not me, that’s them. You know that, I know that. It’s not me.” It’s incredibly clear to any right thinking person that Machado never intended to injure Pedrioa, yet there is this culture around baseball that feels it’s acceptable to throw a 90+mph pitch at another person’s head. Machado for his part showed some growth and did not retaliate.
Indians 2, White Sox 6 – Prof: Derek Holland found some old magic and pitched six innings in this Chicago victory. Dutchie has now lowered his ERA to under 2 for the season. Clearly the change of scenery has done him good.
Giants 0, Rockies 8 – Prof: Boy oh boy, the Giants are awful right now. Jeff Samardzija is still winless, and this outing did not help, as the Shark gave up seven runs. Does anyone remember the last time San Francisco was this lousy? According to Elias, this is their worst start since the early 80s. But this is San Francisco, they always find a way. If they are still this bad at the All Star Break, that’s when they can panic.
Blue Jays 6, Angels 2 – Scouts: Toronto’s starting to show some life winning 4 of their last 8. That’s really saying something for a team with just 5 wins on the season. John Givvons was ejected for arguing a quick pitch call in the third.
Mariners 11, Athletics 1 – Prof: This was a straight up butt kicking. Nelson Cruz had five RBIs and Taylor Motter hit a grand slam to absolutely devastate Oakland.
Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 2 – Prof: Brandon McCarthy is continuing to show his worth to Los Angeles by tossing another gem, this time against the Gritty Snakes. Hot take of the day was something I saw on Twitter. The goof who wrote this amazing opinion isn’t worth publically humiliating, but he said that Arizona won the Miller/Swanson trade because Dansby is slumping and “Miller is doing well”. OK. Shelby Miller (the starting pitcher for the D’Backs) is 2-2 right now with an ERA over 4 for the season. Dansby is slumping, yes, but I wouldn’t say that he’s a dud. Man, I just can’t with these people.
Marlins 7, Padres 3 – Prof: Justin Bour smacked a three run homer to put the Fish over the Pads,
Nationals 6, Mets 3 – Scouts: Dale Murphy just keeps on trucking, picking up a first inning grand slam. Ryan Zimmerman picked up a two run shot in the 8th.
Yankees 1, Pirates 2 – Scouts: Ian Nova got a little work in on his old team striking out 7 in 7 innings and holding the red-hot Yankees to just 1 run.