Scouts: Sorry I was MIA yesterday. I wasn’t feeling well and pretty much coma sick slept through the entire day and forgot to give Prof a heads up. But I’m semi alive today and ready to get back into it. Man it’s felt like it’s been forever since we’ve been here huh? I hope everyone enjoyed their long break and is excited to talk baseball again! I hear we’ve had some trades and some big injuries, and there are more potential trades on the horizon! The Cubs added to their rotation, (Although he wasn’t quite through terrorizing the AL yet), the Nationals added to their bullpen, the Dodgers are said to be on the prowl. Bartolo Colon is going to take one more stab at a career up in Minneosta, and Michael Pineda and Joe Ross are going to have to take a little over a year off with Tommy John. Also, if anyone wants to pickup a under-performing, over-weight third baseman, I hear that Pablo Sandoval is suddenly available. Wow, looking at it all, we sure have been slacking around here. As always we are looking for additional, quality talent to add to the site to help with the day-to-day around here, so if you feel you have what it takes, drop me a line! In the meantime, let’s get this party started!
Cubs 4, Braves 3 – Prof: If you had told me that the Braves would have been hanging on against the defending World Champion Cubs and had a chance to beat them, I would have laughed and asked for the number of your crack dealer. But lo! It happened, friends. Julio Teheran continues to have problems being dominant at SunTrust Park, whereas he shuts people down on the regular in nearly every other venue. This was a small ball game – only one home run was hit, and that was by Anthony Rizzo. The rest was scored by wild pitches and singles, basically; including some by the pitchers themselves!
Brewers 2, Pirates 4 – Prof: What’s up, Gregory Polanco? The Bucs outfielder went four for four and broke the tie, and now they are only six games back of Milwaukee in a suddenly tight NL Central.
Rangers 1, Orioles 3 – Prof: The Rangers have a problem and his name is Andrew Cashner. Baltimore was able to defeat Texas and it was all thanks to a tie-breaking home run from Seth Smith. Manny Machado went three for three.
Phillies 5, Marlins 6 F/10 – Prof: Giancarlo Stanton hit two home runs, but it was a single hit by Dee Gordon that won the night for the Feesh. And my friend and yours, the Big Buckin’ Chicken himself, Mr. Justin Bour, hit a two run homer.
Yankees 2, Twins 4 – Prof: For my dude Happy, a Minnie and Paul win over The Borg! Brandon Kintzler got his 26th save of the year as the sky broke open in the Twin Cities. In Borg news, young first baseman Greg Bird has to have surgery on his ankle. Are the Yankees in the running for a replacement 1B? Y’all mind calling Coppy down in Atlanta and seeing what we can get for one Matt Adams?
Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3 – Scouts: Apparently MLB.com is unsure if the Blue Jays are buying or selling this year, because you know being 8 games behind the Red Sox and Yankees and having never even sniffed at .500 all season isn’t enough of a sign. Steve Pearce went 2-3 with a solo home run and a RBI single in the 8th that proved to be the game winner. Mookie Betts was thrown out at home by Troy Tulowitzki shortly before Pearce stepped up.
Mariners 9, Astros 7 – Scouts: Five wins in a row for Seattle, but the biggest news is Carlos Correa leaving the game in the middle of an at-bat due to a finger injury. Astros fans await further news on how long he may miss.
Padres 9, Rockies 6 – Scouts: Trevor Story picked up three RBI’s two of them in the 5 run 3rd as the Rockies edged out the Padres.
Rays 3, Athletics 2 – Scouts: Steven Souza Jr and Evan Longoria homered as Jake Odorizzi allowed just a solo homer to Kris Davis over 7 very strong innings.
Indians 5, Giants 3 – Scouts: Costly errors lost the game for Matt Moore and the Giants blowing a early lead to the Indians.
Nationals 6, Reds 1 – Prof: Well, look at this. The Nationals gained some momentum. But it was against the Reds. However, I guess beggars can’t be choosers, right? The Curly W’s hung another one on Cincinnati, and completed the sweep. Ryan Zimmerman is now the all time leading home run producer for the Nationals/Expos (never forget), and they got an excellent outing from Stephen Strasburg, who went seven innings and allowed four hits total.
Cardinals 6, Mets 3 – Prof: As you know, there are few things I love more than when a pitcher is able to help his own cause. Last night, the splendid Adam Wainwright did just that, hitting an RBI double while allowing only two earned runs, both of which were homers. One of those home runs was hit by my favorite Met who isn’t a mascot, Michael Conforto.
Tigers 10, Royals 2 – Prof: It’s a Historio special! Her Tigers whooped up on her mortal enemy BBQ Boys (as she would call them) and boy did they ever. V-Mart was the MVP, and home runs were earned by Mikie Mahtook and Nicholas Castellanos.