Howdy, FI fam. My cohort in blogging is on vacation this week, as you all know. I hope to be able to bring some extra sparkle to these posts for the next few days, but please forgive me if the glitter isn’t always there. As usual, I’m kicking myself because I’m in a Bastille mood again and I’ve already posted a bunch of their songs last week. Haha, I guess I’m going to do the next best thing and post another alternative rock band that I particularly love – Northern Ireland’s own Snow Patrol. Let’s get cracking.
Rangers 3, Astros 1 F/10 – This was by far the game of the night. We had a perfecto going until the eighth inning by….BARTOLO COLON????? Not only that, on the other side of the diamond, Justin Verlander (while giving up one run in the third inning) wasn’t too shabby himself. In fact, pitch for pitch this was probably one of the nastiest duels we’re going to see all year. I’ll put money on it.
Clock those stats, homies. Bart’s perfecto was broken up, but still had a no-no going until Josh Reddick hit a double. But yeah, man. Deep in the heart of Texas was an absolute duel.
Orioles 1, Red Sox 3 – The Red Sox are red hot, and they are currently riding high on the best start in the history of the organization. That’s over 100 years, with some of the greatest teams in the history of baseball among them, and this is the best start they’ve had to a season. That’s wild. What else is wild is that even though Baltimore desperately needs pitching, the one pitcher who is out there actually doing what he’s supposed to do – Dylan Bundy – gets absolutely no run support. Why, it’s almost as if the Orioles have problems OTHER than on the mound! Who would’ve thunk it. Oh, and guess what? Chris Sale, who started the game and did not get the win, still has a 1.23 ERA for the season. My god, that is sick.
Diamondbacks 2, Dodgers 7 – Well, hot damn. The Dodgers finally did something good for their ace! Clayton Kershaw was Clayton Kershaw, going seven and striking out 12, and Los Angeles finally won a game in eleven tries. And they did it against the sizzling hot Gritty Snakes of Arizona! It was truly a team affair, with major contributions from Chase Utley, Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig, and Chris Taylor.
Phillies 10, Rays 4 – As you know, I am a Braves fan first and foremost. I should, in theory, hate the Phillies and wish them nothing but ill will. But I’m going to be painfully honest here: the NL East sucks when the Phillies suck and the Braves suck. We are both on the come up, though, and when it happens, it’s going to be a lot of fun. So I’m hoping that young studs Rhys Hoskins and Scott Kingery bring the glory back to Citizens Bank Park, because nothing is more fun than a true rivalry. They are on their way – both Kingery and Hoskins, along with Maikel Franco, were instrumental in today’s win over the Tampa Bay Sea Creatures. Bop of the day belonged to Aaron Altherr, who cranked a three run bomb.
Brewers 2, Mets 3 – Ah, man. It’s all right, Milwaukee, y’all are still at .500. The Mets, though – did anyone think they’d start the season 12-2? Anyone? Bueller? This game started with a Todd Frazier single which brought home Brandon Nimmo. Then in the sixth, the Brewers came roaring back, capitalizing on a throwing error to get two runs and a brief lead. But later in that same inning, young Nimmo was like, “Nah, son” and crushed one to right field, tying the game at two a piece. Wilmer Flores was the one to put the dagger in the Brew Crew’s back, with a ninth inning home run. Thor started the game yesterday and while he didn’t get the win, he did some crazy mess out there on the bump. I’d like to show you a gif of a slider that I think is being controlled by demons.
WHAT. THE. HELL.
Pirates 7, Marlins 3 – Starling Marte, have yourself a day. The Pirates outfielder went 5-5, capping it all off with a home run in the ninth inning. The Feesh floundered, never really getting any momentum, although my dude, Justin Bour, hit a two run dinger in the seventh. But it was never close at all.
Cardinals 3, Reds 2 – I keep forgetting that Bud Norris is still playing. The Cardinals are probably really glad he is, because he notched a save for them. But they were playing the Reds, and I think a cardboard cutout of, I don’t know, Rick Ankiel maybe could strike out at least one of the Reds these days. They are, after all, 2-13 on the season. Billy Hamilton and Adam Duvall (now, there’s a guy who deserves better than Cincinnati) tried their best in the late innings, but to no avail. Ups to the Redbird pitching staff for blanking Joey Votto. It’s hard to do, so I give credit where credit is due.
Rockies 6, Nationals 5 – I’m sure SomeGuy can give us a scoop here, but let’s just say that this was not a particularly good home stretch for Washington. Charlie Blackmon continues to play some quality baseball – the guy with quite possibly the worst hair in baseball drove in three runs, while the guy who is constantly touted as having the best hair in baseball – Bryce Harper – crushed a homer in the first inning. One of my fave dudes, DJ LeMahieu (pick him up in your fantasy leagues if you get a chance, you will not regret it) also hit a home run for this Rockies win.
Athletics 2, Mariners 1 – Friends, I am concerned. I am concerned that we have seen the end of King Felix’s reign. BUT PROF, says you, FELIX HERNANDEZ WENT 6.1 INNINGS AND STRUCK OUT SEVEN, ONLY HAD TWO EARNED RUNS. This is true, fam. Despite getting the loss in this game, he didn’t pitch all that poorly. But you guys, his current ERA is hemorrhaging runs. I know that he has plenty of time to bounce back. But a quick look at Felix’s overall stats, careerwise, show that in the last several years his ERA is trending upwards, innings pitched is trending down, and strike outs took a big nose dive from 2016 to 2017 and are on a downward trend as well. This is why I’m concerned. He’s still young, but he has a LOT of miles on that arm.
Giants 1, Padres 10 – What the ever loving heck is this mess? Why are the Giants 6-9? Is it because Madison Bumgarner is on the 60-day DL? Or is it because they’ve offended me so many times that my curses have finally kicked in? Let’s be honest here, the Padres have no business hanging ten on San Francisco. The Padres has no business hanging ten on any team, except maybe the Reds. But they did. San Diego’s got a team full of guys that I’m not super familiar with except for Cory Spangenberg, who I once included in a “cute guys of baseball” shitpost on twitter, so there’s that.
and bringing up the rear….
Blue Jays v Cleveland, Yankees v Tigers, White Sox v Twins, Braves v Cubs, and Angels v Royals ALL PPD