Scouts: Regarding the intro/preamble question the other day I just wanted to add the following: For me at least, the entire point of the site is to spur conversation, so I’m mostly just trying to gauge what works and what doesn’t. What gets people talking, and what do people not care about. For example, should we stick to primarily sports, or is it okay when we branch out to TV or movies, or news of the day. We try to stay away from typical hot-button topics like Politics and Religion, because this is suppose to be our escape from all that. Or do people want us to skip all that and get right to the scores. Do most people read all the recaps, or just the teams they are interested in? I’m not as active in the comments as I might like, but that’s because I mostly feel I’ve done more than enough talking in the recaps, and want to leave the rest up to you all (And honestly, I’ve gotten pretty insanely busy at work since my promotion two years ago). Just trying to ensure we are putting together the best product possible for our happy little community. It seems a lot of the time, there isn’t much response to what is in the intros, which are often the most difficult things to write, so I want to ensure there isn’t something we could be doing better there. Please don’t hesitate to give us routine feedback, as really this place is all about you all. Without you all, there would be no point in putting forth all the effort both Prof and I give every single day.
Prof: On a serious note, my thoughts and prayers go to Stephen Piscotty and his family. The Oakland A’s star’s mother died after a battle with ALS. As I’m sure you know, the Cardinals traded Piscotty to Oakland last year for one reason and one reason only – so he could take care of his mom. To me, that’s one of the purest, most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in professional sports. I talk a lot of crap about St. Louis, but this is something I will never forget. The Cardinals organization still supports the Piscotty family even after the fact, and that is something I think should be recognized and respected. Now, on with the show.
Giants 0, Phillies 11 – Prof: Holy cats! This was an absolute shelling. It wasn’t just a murder, but a massacre. Almost every run was the result of a home run plus RBI. Odubel Herrera hit two of them himself and had five ribbies.
Mets 7, Reds 6 – Scouts: The Mets had to go the distance four times to fend off the second worst team in the league, the Reds. Michael Conforto, Jay Bruce, and Adrian Gonzalez twice went deep for the Mets.
Tigers 6, Rangers 7 – Scouts: According to MLB.com, the Rangers won this game due to a lot of grit and hustle. I’m not really sure what the hell that’s supposed to mean. But whatever it is, the Rangers had it and the Tigers didn’t. If you ask me, the Rangers overcame two fielding errors, to put four runs on the board in the 6th, immediately blew that lead in the 7th, only to get it right back with two more in the bottom of the frame. Sounds to me like two inconsistent bullpens mixed up with some sloppy fielding and some aggressive base-running decided this game. But sure. Grit. Hustle. Buzzzzzzz.
Marlins 2, Cubs 14 – Prof: The Cubs stopped a five game losing streak in grand fashion, by filleting some Feesh. Kyle Hendricks went eight full innings, while Ian Happ went ambidextrous and hit a home run on both sides of the plate. Ben Zobrist was brought home three separate times (KB homer, Baez homer, La Stella single).
Twins 6, Cardinals 0 – Prof: Big time hustle from Minnesota last night, blanking the Birds on the Bat and getting great performances from F.I. fam fave Max Kepler (high five Happy) and Robbie Grossman.
Astros 16, Athletics 2 – Scouts: Do you like George Springer? Because this is how you get George Springer. Ok, I don’t really know where I was going with that joke, but last night was all about George Sprinter in Oakland. George Springer went 6-6, including a 462 foot, three-run home run as the Astros absolutely demolished Brett Anderson and the rest of the Oakland pitching staff.
Nationals 8, Padres 5 – Scouts: Matt Adams sure is on a tear these days. He’s hit his 7th home run in as many games, propelling the Nationals to a much needed victory over the Padres. The Nats are now two games over .500, and although they are still fourth in the division, are just a game and a half out of first.