Scouts: I’m back baby! Due to a work obligation I was unable to participate in the Opening Day post, (Thank you to Prof for flying solo for me) and due to the holiday weekend, I was unable to help out there. (Thanks to Happy for doing such great work there.) But I am now back and ready for action! So ready to dive into this season that has already seen walk offs, umpire controversy, and unwritten rule beef mela-drama! Guys and Gals, and Extraterrestrials, we are only four days in, but it looks like we are already in mid-season form! How exciting!
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 7 – Prof: Justin Smoak had a two run homer and a grand slam in the eighth inning to put Toronto over the top of the outrageously talented, ridiculously young New York squad. Guess who got the win? Tyler Clippard! This year is already crazy.
Twins 7, Orioles 0 – Scouts: Speaking of Mid-Season form, Kevin Gausman gave up 6 runs on 7 hits including a lead-off homer by Brian Dozier. Unfortunately Brian Dozier has to open his mouth after the game. Dozier it seems was upset that Oriole’s rookie Chance Sisco bunted against the shift in the 9th instead of I don’t know, rolling over and giving up. Said bunt lead to a bases loaded rally and actually gave the O’s faithful they would at least go down swinging. As most people have pointed out, it’s pretty silly for Dozier to be complaining here. If you want to put on an extreme shift in the 9th, don’t cry your opponent used a counter strategy. Hopefully some one on the Twins will tell Dozier to drop this and move on so that this doesn’t turn into more unwritten rule bullshit that really has no place in the game. I hear they have good leadership over there.
Cardinals 5, Mets 1 – Prof: The Birds on the Bat was finally able to defeat the Metropolitans yesterday. Of course it came off at the hands of Steven Matz, a pitcher I actually do like but feel is not really living up to his potential in New York. Paul DeJong hit a homer in the second and eighth innings to help St. Louis avoid a series sweep.
Red Sox 2, Rays 1 – Scouts: All three of the Red Sox wins have been of the 1 win variety. I’m not sure if this actually means anything or not, but it’s a pretty cool little tidbit. This time the Sox chained together 5 pitchers to hold the one run lead.
Indians 4, Mariners 5 – Prof: Oof. Hard times in the Magical Land of Cleve (we already know what you’re gonna say, Gator!). It started out well for the Land of Cleve with Trevor Bauer on the bump, but once he sat down and the setup men took over it was goodnight, nurse. According to ESPN Statcast, Tyler Olson ended up with with a 27.00 ERA. Yikes! Edwin Encarnacion had two homers but it was no use, and Cleveland is now in the hole for the year.
Cubs 0, Marlins 6 – Prof: So far, it looks like the trade between Milwaukee and Miami has been fruitful for both franchises. Lewis Brinson, the Brewer farmhand who is now a Marlin big leaguer, played his part (along with Derek Dietrich and Brian Anderson, of all people) in this win over Chicago. It didn’t help that Jose Quintana’s season debut wasn’t particularly sharp, either.
Astros 8, Rangers 2 – Prof: Speaking of former Pirates, Gerrit Cole had a sparkling debut in Houston orange yesterday, fanning eleven batters in seven innings and allowing one run in the defending champion’s win over their interstate rival. El Oso Blanco was a hitting machine, with two doubles and a single which drove in three runs in total. Joey Gallo continues to be one of the few bright spots for Texas, having hit a home run in the first inning (Cole’s only hiccup).
Pirates 1, Tigers 0 (Game 1), Pirates 8, Tigers 6 (Game 2) – Scouts: What a better way to spend Easter Sunday than to play two! Unfortunately for Tiger faithful it was a long day to watch your team get double dipped. Michael Fulmer went 8 strong giving up just 4 hits and 1 run, only to watch the Pirates of Penzance shut him out. Tiger offense woke up in game two, but this time Ryan Carpenter and Buck Farmer couldn’t keep Jack Sparrow’s crew off the board.
Angels 7, Athletics 4 – Prof: Hey, what’s cracking Shohei Ohtani? You showed up pretty big in your major league pitching debut (having previously played DH in an earlier game). Ohtani pitched six innings and only allowed three runs, which is respectable. Mike Trout went 2 of 5, while Jefry Marte and Platinum Glove Forever Brave Andrelton Simmons both went 3-5.
Nationals 6, Reds 5 – Scouts: And we have a sweep. In the 9th a Reds fan screamed to the dismay of the 10,335 in attendance towards Bryce Harper to inform him that he was overrated. Harper then smacked the next pitch over the left-center field wall. I fully expect when the Nats return home, every fan in attendance will be carrying a overrated sign with a bullseye on it.
Giants 0, Dodgers 9 – Prof: Well, my goodness. The Dodgers finally decided to score some runs. Why can’t they score some of these when Clayton Kershaw is pitching? Anyway, Rich Hill is probably happy to have had the cushion even though he really didn’t need it, having gone six straight scoreless innings. Cody Bellinger is LA’s first home run masher of the season.
White Sox, Royals PPD