Prof: Here’s a bit of baseball history that has some fun connections to current day ball. In 1981, rookie phenom Fernando Valenzuela improved his record to 8-0. Fernandomania was beginning to take hold, as he started the season with five shutout outings and an ERA of 0.50. While the ERA is nowhere near the same, I think the wild adoration for Shohei Ohtani is the closest thing we’ve had to Fernandomania in a while. The Japanese youngster doesn’t have quite the same kind of record as Valenzuela, but what he lacks in pitching record he makes up with at the plate. It’s a different type of mania, but it’s awesome all the same, and I am excited to see if he continues on this fun house ride.
In honor of the early 80’s trivia tidbit, today’s music is a New Wave trip back in time!
Rays 1, Orioles 17 – Scouts: I was able to attend both Friday and Sunday’s affairs, my first two games of the season. Friday was Star Wars night, a themed night with bobble-head, themed fireworks, special music, video board trivia and games, and a bunch of dressed up fans. We all enjoyed the Orioles finally starting to play like they were supposed to, including a 2-run and Grand-Slam by Machado, who’s hotter than hot at the moment. Then on Sunday I took my mother for our annual Mother’s day game, and we were able to enjoy this absolute schellacking. Joey Rickard, who was reccalled that very morning hit a pair of homers, Manny Machado hit a bunch of doubles, and Danny Valencia went absolute ham going 4-5 with 4 RBI’s. After such an absolutely brutal start to the season, it was a lot of fun watching them bust out. I decided to enjoy it while it lasts, because it won’t last very long.
Athletics 2, Yankees 6 – Scouts: Yankee fans are finally starting to see what they were really getting in Stanton, not that it’ll stop them from booing him if he goes 0-5 tomorrow of course. Stanton went 4-4, knocked in three RBI’s including a solo homer in the 5th.
Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3 – Scouts: Mookie Betts can just do it all can’t he. The star is now batting .360 with a OPS of 1.212 both good for best in the league. Oh yea, and he’s tied with Bryce Harper and Manny Machado for most homers to boot. That’s not all. Look at the play he made in right.
Mariners 4, Tigers 5 – Prof: This was a back and forth kind of match, but Detroit was able to win it in thrilling fashion off an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Seattle might be in for a rough time for a while as Robbie Cano is headed to the DL with a fractured hand.
Royals 2, Spiders 11 – Prof: The Magical Land of Cleve took the BBQ Royals behind the woodshed, like my Pa would have said. The Klubot is now the AL wins leader (with six), and the runs were hot and heavy. Five runs in the second inning alone, including two fielder’s choice related RBI and a three run homer.
Mets 2, Phillies 4 – Scouts: Has the clock struck midnight on the Mets? After starting off strong, they find themselves losing 8 of their last 10 and 4 games out of first behind a they are for real Braves team, a Phillies team that is fighting on, and the Nats are, well the Nats. Nick Williams was called in to pinch-hit in the 6th and responded with a three-run home-run that was the difference maker in this game.
Giants 5, Pirates 0 – Scouts: A five-run 6th was all the Giants needed to take it to the Pirates. Nick Hundley capped the inning with a three-run shot.
Rangers 1, Astros 6 – Prof: Orbit’s boys were able to find that balance of great pitching and great offense. Dallas Keuchel had a great day, going seven innings and having eight K. Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman were all over this game. El Oso Blanco and Carlos Correa both homered.
White Sox 5, Cubs 3 – Scouts: Matt Davidson may be someone we need to look out for as he smacked his 11th homer on the season. Lucas Giolito walked 7 batters over 5.2 innings, yet still managed up with the win.
Brewers 7, Rockies 3 – Prof: While there are many teams that people aren’t surprised are hovering around 25 wins – your Astros, your Nationals, your Red Sox, et al – a team that no one really considered to be a threat early was the Milwaukee Brewers. But it’s true – the Brew Crew are coming on strong and starting to gel even more as time goes on. A pitcher to keep an eye on is Freddy Peralta, whose debut was yesterday, and also snagged his first win in amazing fashion. The young rookie took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and had thirteen strikeouts as well.
Reds 5, Dodgers 3 – Prof: The Dodgers are sick. There’s no other way to say it. They are a horse that has come up lame. They are a car with a dead alternator. How else can you explain being swept by league worst Cincinnati at home? Joey Votto did Joey Votto things, and the Reds swept four games from Los Angeles for the first time in over forty years.
Cardinals 3, Padres 5 – Scouts: The Padres bullpen desperately needed a day off, and Clayton Richard obliged striking out 10 over 8 innings of two-run ball.
Braves 4, Marlins 3 – Prof: Sean Newcomb is starting to become Atlanta’s go-to for quality starts and gutsy pitching. Ender Inciarte hit a 2 run homer to help pad the lead. Of course, it couldn’t be a Braves game without the bullpen trying to Barve, and boy did they ever. The Big Buckin’ Chicken is a known Braves killer, and he hit a three run homer in the ninth inning to bring it within one. Somehow Atlanta’s pathetic closers (and I can say this, they are pathetic and that’s one of our biggest deficiencies) kept the Feesh from scoring anything else and a game that the Braves had well in hand was won by the skin of their teeth. Yeah, I’m just a little peeved, even if it was a good effort from my dude, Mr. Bour.
Twins 1, Angels 2 – Scouts: Shohei Ohtani struck out 11 over 6.1 innings, and Zack Cozard walked it off with a single in the 9th to earn the Halos a split in the series.
Nationals 6, Diamondbacks 4 – Prof: The Nats and the Gritty Snakes are among the best teams in baseball right now, so this was a bit of a slugfest. The Curly Dubs started the party off with a single from Howie Kendrick Lamar. The Treat Urner, Royce Harpler, and Mark Reynolds all hit dingers. Young Trea negated his homer by allowing a run with a throwing error, but it didn’t matter in the end as Reynolds hit another homer and brought home Kendrick as well. Nats swept the Snakes and are sitting pretty near the top of the NL standings.