Prof: I apologize in advance, I have a pretty big rant in the recap. But I think you guys might agree. I’m also choosing the music today, since I’m making Scout do a few more recaps than usual. On with the show.
Rangers 2, Athletics 6 – Scouts: Sean Manaea, who’s name I had to retype fourteen times stifled the Ranges to the tune of three singles over eight innings.
Rockies 5, Padres 2 – Scouts: Jon Gray got off to a rocky start on the season, allowing three runs in the opening frame on Opening Day. He hasn’t given up a run since shutting down the 1-5 Padres across 7 scoreless innings.
Nationals 1, Braves 7 – Prof: I think I’m gonna dance! Is it possible? Did this actually happen? THE BRAVES BEAT THE NATIONALS – THE BRAVES BEAT MAX SCHERZER!?!?!?!? Yes! Yes, it did happen! Your friendly neighborhood Prof is OUT OF HER MIND with happiness. I mean… guys. Mike Foltynewicz, fan of pizza and newly minted father, pitched a beautiful five and a third innings and struck out eight, while Mad Max – a man who on any given day is one of the absolute best players in the entire league – gave up a three run homer in the first inning alone. If that’s not enough, my man Folty hit a double off Max in the fourth and drove in two runs to help his own cause! Not to be outdone, former Oriole Ryan Flaherty hit a double to drive in Lane Adams and then scored on a passed ball by former Cub great (lol) Miggy Montero. What a mess for the Nats, but what a BOON for the Braves! And the best part? Honestly? Bryce Harper went 0-3! Q Mariachi gifs for EVERYONE!
Orioles 2, Astros 3 – Scouts: The Orioles continue their absolutely brutal opening stretch. Dylan Bundy threw a pretty fantastic game, but was matched by Dallas Keuchel and the O’s bullpen faltered once again. After facing the Twins and Astros, the O’s move on to face the Yankees, the Blue Jays, and the Redsox. It’s entirely possible the O’s don’t win another game for a week and a half.
Phillies 2, Mets 4 – Prof: The game itself wasn’t super exciting – Yo Cespedes invited Brandon Nimmo to his family BBQ in the first inning, and Carlos Santana (not the famed drummer and shoe designer, but the baseball player) stole home. Otherwise it was fairly boring as things go. The excitement wasn’t with the game, but with how one watched the game.
This game was broadcast on Facebook Live. And only Facebook Live. In this day and age where Facebook is fast becoming an unstable platform and, frankly, an uncomfortable place to be online (I avoid it like the plague – I still have an account but I’ve set it on private and deleted so much information on it, plus I haven’t used it in almost three years), the fact that MLB is forcing fans of these teams to either sign up for Facebook to watch the game or listen to a local radio broadcast is kinda gross. Also, to that end, half the time you can’t even listen to the radio broadcast because they don’t allow the actual over the air broadcast to be played on streaming radio! I don’t own an actual radio except in my car, and I am at work during many of these games. I’d like to listen to a game, but if I go online to the flagship station of, say, the Braves Radio Network chances are I’m getting Jim F’n Rome instead of the dulcet tones of our radio announcing crew. It’s frustrating. It was also frustrating for the Phillies and Mets fans who were attempting to watch on FB Live because the quality was shite and many folks lost connection over and over again. And guess what? According to ESPN, all of us poor bastards get to experience this b.s. because all thirty teams are going to have at least one of these digital-only FB games this season. What a bunch of crap. Sorry. I’m kinda ticked about this.
Rays 2, Yankees 7 – Scouts: Yankees fans managed to hold their contempt for Giancarlo Stanton for one more day as Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez all went yard, all within the first four innings. New York, you don’t deserve this team.
Dodgers 0, Diamondbacks 3 – Prof: I wish I could prove this, other than maybe old timers might remember and people who I know who don’t read this blog, but I have always been sold on Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin. The last few years haven’t been good for him, but this year he is healthy and back to form, and showing everyone why I thought he was the potential ace of the Snakes. I have thought this even way back when Trevor Bauer was still in Arizona. Anyway, Corbin went 7 and a third, a one hit shutout with twelve – twelve! – Ks on the day. What an outing! His foe, Alex Wood, didn’t pitch all that poorly himself – having gone six innings and three runs only – but Corbin was head and shoulders above the rest today. I am on record as saying that I think the Gritty Snakes win the NL West this year. I think I might have said it to our friend COPO, but I can’t remember. Anyway, you heard it here first.
Indians 2, Angels 3 F/13 – Prof: Guys, Shohei Ohtani is real and he is spectacular. This man took Corey Kluber yard today. A two run dinger and it wasn’t a gimme, either. It was a legit bomb, made even better by whoever was playing centerfield for the Magical Land of Cleve forgetting how limbs work. There’s bound to be video somewhere of this awesomeness and I implore you to watch any and all angles because it’s pretty flippin’ rad.
White Sox 4, Blue Jays 3 – Scouts: Jose Abreu smacked the game winner in the 8th to get his team out of Toronto avoiding a sweep.
Mariners 1, Giants 10 – Prof: Oh wow. You score, and you score, and everybody scores! San Francisco lit up King Felix for four runs but the carnage didn’t stop there. The Giants piled on six more runs off the sad trainwreck that is the Mariners’ bullpen. It was home run after home run – four total dingers in all, along with a wild pitch from the Seattle ace that moved Buster Posey into eventual scoring position.
Cardinals 6, Brewers 0 – Prof: The Redbirds, even with an error and allowing five hits to the strong Brew Crew, was still able to shut them out today and that was all thanks to the effort of Carlos Martinez, who went eight innings and was most impressive. Good news for Waino fans – Baseball’s most handsome traditional manager, Mike Matheny, announced that longtime ace Adam Wainwright should be back from the DL this week. Yadi Molina smashed a tater and Dexter Fowler went 2-3.
Twins 7, Pirates 3 – Scouts: Minnesota hands Tampa Bay it’s first L on the season, braving out the snow storm to pile 4 runs in the 6th. No word on if anyone stuck around after the game to make snow angels.
Royals, Tigers PPD