Scouts: I must admit, I’ve been having a really hard time keeping motivated with baseball the past few weeks. Once my team of choice fell into their latest great slump, it became easier and easier to find other means of entertainment in the evenings. The fact of the matter is, baseball is such a long grind, even more-so when you write about it every single day. It can be very easy to lose focus when your team is losing 8-1 day in and day out and most of the playoff chases fell flat. I have to say, without the help of the Professor, I’m not entirely sure this site would still exist. So let’s all take a brief moment to give her a big thank you for keeping us together. The work she puts into keeping the site up every day is amazing and cannot be understated. In one regard I am really happy we have the site as it does force me to stay active in the league as a whole, and to keep up with all of baseball, where at this point I may take a mini-vacation until the Playoffs begin. So a thank you to all of you for keeping me active and engaged. It really is all of you reading, and especially those that comment that help make it all worth it for me.
Nationals 3, Phillies 1 – Prof: Your NL East Leaders had to do without the services of one Bryce Harper against last night. Dude had a sickly tum, I guess. I am not throwing shade at Royce Harpler, because I don’t like doing anything when I’m feeling gross either, much less jogging, stealing bases, etc. Surprisingly the player of the game for the Nats was probably Royce’s partner in hair crime, Captain Caveman himself, Jayson Werth. He got on base and was the RBI that Michael A. Taylor drove in, while in the eighth inning C.Caveman grounded into a fielder’s choice, which brought in Ryan Zimmerman, and won the game.
Giants 9, Diamondbacks 2 – Scouts: Arizona drops what is really a meaningless game for them. They have clinched a wild card spot and are too far back of the Dodgers. At this point it’s just about staying healthy, giving your guys some rest, but not allowing anyone to get rusty going into the second season.
Mariners 7, Athletics 1 – Scouts: Oakland was on a bit of a roll before Seattle came to town. Mitch Haniger homered twice for the M’s while Mike Zunino and Yonder Alonso also went deep.
Padres 3, Dodgers 9 – Scouts: LA finally got to the 100 win mark after stumbling for a little while there. Yu Darvish pitched very well and the bats came to play, reminding everyone just how dangerous the Dodgers can be.
Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 4 – Prof: Toronto had bookend homers to seal the deal against the AL East leaders. Josh Donaldson hit a solo in the first and Ryan Goins hit one in the ninth. Boston sure tried hard – Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts especially – but they were no match for the Bringer of Rain and his crew.
Braves 9, Mets 2 (Game 1), Braves 2, Mets 3 (Game 2) – Prof: As always, the Braves can’t do anything halfway. They are either all in or all out, and this doubleheader is the perfect opportunity to show that weird side of theirs. In game one, Atlanta brought out rookie Lucas Sims to start while Tyler Flowers and Ozzie Albies hit a homer. Game two was closer, but a heartbreaker. Max Fried – another rookie – pitched better than the record shows. He had no glove support behind him. You can’t be perfect all the time. New York rallied to the moment, with Travis d’Arnaud hitting a franchise record setting homer. The Apple has risen 219 times now, which is a season record for the Mets. You’d think with all those dingers, they’d be in a better position in the NL East…
Royals 3, Yankees 11 – Prof: Well, you guys, Aaron Judge is real and he’s spectacular. The rookie sensation hit two dingers in this game and surpassed Mark McGwire for most home runs hit by a rookie in a season. Joining him in home run bashing were Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez for the Yankees and Salvy Perez and Mike Moustakas for the Royals.
Astros 11, Rangers 2 – Scouts: Houston still is fighting for home-field advantage, now taking a 5 game lead over Boston after absolutely destroying the Rangers. The Astros pulled the win off the back of a 8 run fourth inning that seemed like it would never end. Scary moment for Houston as Jose Altuve was hit by a pitch on the left forearm and had to leave the game. He’s currently listed as day-to-day, but you know Astro faithful won’t breathe again until he returns.
Angels 2, White Sox 4 – Scouts: The loss just about seals it for LA, still 5 games back of the Twins with just six games to go. There is zero room for error at this point. James Shields went 7 strong innings for Chicago.
Cubs 10, Cardinals 2 – Prof: HEY CHICAGO WHADDYA SAY? CUBS JUST PUT THE CARDS AWAAAAY! Go Cubs Gooooo, go Cubs goooooo! Sorry, y’all. Anyway, The hits came hot and heavy in the first inning, with with a three run double, then another one run double right off the bat. Then in the second inning, Kris Bryant solo homered. Jedd Gyorko put the Redbirds on the board, but the wee Cubbies came roaring back in the third with a Javy Baez three run homer, and it was all over but the shoutin’.
Marlins 5, Rockies 4 – Scouts: The loss brings Colorado’s lead down to a game and a half. The Rockies have two more vs Miami before the Dodgers come to town. The Brew Crew have to face the Reds and the Cardinals. This is likely the only meaningful playoff race left.