Friends, it’s been fun planning the road trips this week, but I have to admit that this week has been really tiring for me outside of blogging, and I don’t feel like I’ve done my best. Scout will be back next week, rested and ready to talk baseball again. I checked in with him yesterday and told him of my executive decision re: Spiders. I think it’ll stick, guys. Also, I’m really happy that my favorite account on Twitter, the Pitching Ninja, has been un-suspended and now has some sort of deal with MLB, it appears. It’s a musical free-for-all, so enjoy Friday and let’s get started!
Blue Jays 3, Yankees 4 – Ho hum, another day, Aaron Judge murdered another baseball, ho hum. What else is new? The Iron Giant continues to have problems at Yankee Stadium. Now, I don’t know if it’s because he’s uncomfortable at home at the moment, or if it’s because he traditionally starts a little cold anyway, or if AL East pitching just has his number, but he’s just not really all that great right now. Thank goodness he’s not getting paid $165,000 a game or anything.
Mets 4, Braves 12 – FREDDIE IS OKAY, HE’S BACK, AND HE IGNITED THE OFFENSE JUST BY BEING FREDDIE F’N FREEMAN. Ok, I’m calm, I’m cool, it’s good. Kurt Suzuki, Todd Frazier, and Adrian Gonzalez all hit home runs, for those of you who dig the long ball. Matt Harvey, whose name I usually don’t spell out but I will this time, pitched like the poop emoji. Is he going to lose his starting role in the rotation? He really shouldn’t be there anymore. He regresses nearly every time he takes the mound. He was asked if he would go to the bullpen and he flat out refused to discuss it. “I’m a starting pitcher, I’ve always been a starting pitcher.” Well, act like one, then. Otherwise…. Just… no. Go away, dude. Please. Let’s talk about the Braves again! MATT WISLER PITCHED A FLIPPIN GEM GUYS WHO KNEW HE HAD IT IN HIM OH WAIT I DID BECAUSE I THINK PEOPLE PUT TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON HIM oh, I’m sorry. Gotta calm down. Preston Tucker, who everyone thought was just a placeholder until Atlanta calls up Acuna, is making it hard to dismiss him. Tucker drove in five runs, two doubles.
Pirates 0, Phillies 7 – An exceptional outing from Jake Arrieta helped the Phillies cool down the Pirates in the first game of this in-state series. A one hit, ten strikeout shutout from the former Cy Young award winner was augmented by monster offense from Odubel Herrera, Cesar Hernandez, and Rhys Hoskins (who hit a big home run in the second inning).
Marlins 3, Brewers 12 – So, um… it’s ridiculously cold up there in Milwaukee. Only a few hours west, the capital of Wisconsin received seven inches of snow. But in Miller Park, the bats were red hot. Lorenzo Cain hit a homer and two doubles, while Ryan Braun hit a three run homer of his own which was also his 1,000th RBI in his career. For The British Virgin Islands Feesh, the player who did anything worth a darn was….. former Brewer farm hand Lewis Brinson! So even for Miami, it was the Brewer that connected. Brinson hit two homers, by the way.
Orioles 8, Tigers 13 – The fellow I’ve been seeing is a big Orioles fan (naturally, I am now living in Birdland territory) and so this afternoon I was getting a few texts here and there about this game. Texts like…
I hate Alex Cobb salad.
This game is making me really mad.
Comerica Park is gigantic.
We just gave up a grand slam and I’m gonna be sick.
Yes, friends , Detroit took this game over really quickly, four runs in the second inning and five (that grand slam previously mentioned included) in the fifth. Bless Manny Machado’s heart, y’all, he really tried. But it was no match for the Tigers, and if that sentence doesn’t tell you what you need to know about Baltimore this year, nothing will.
Cardinals 5, Cubs 8 – The surprise in this game was the fact that they actually got to play this game. Cubs games in particular have been postponed due to weather roughly five zillion times this season already. Here are some stats: Jon Lester made (and won) his 100th start as a Cub. Jason Heyward hit a two run homer (good on ya, bud). The usual suspects – Bryant, Baez, Rizzo, and the Schwarbs – did fine work as well.
Red Sox 8, Angels 2 – Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi just can’t stop hitting home runs.
Astros 9, Mariners 2 – Is it fair to say that a guy who has been in the league for over ten years and is in his mid 30s is a breakout player? Because I think we can say that about Charlie Morton. Astute readers know I like Morton and it’s because he’s really found a place in Houston that fits him well and he keeps getting better. In fact, Morton went seven scoreless innings and struck out eight, allowing only three hits. Your friend and mine, Jose Altuve, hit a three run double, while Max Stassi and Josh Reddick both homered.
Giants 1, Diamondbacks 3 – It started out a little rough for my boy Zack Greinke. He gave up a home run to Brandon Belt in the first inning. But that’s okay. ZG doesn’t let stuff get to him like that. He just shook it off and then proceeded to go another six scoreless innings. Gritty Snakes keep on being gritty.