He Said, She Said – Scores and Updates for 5/21/18

Scouts: Sorry for the late post all, I had a bit of a dental emergency when I lost a crown, and found out now they want to do several thousand dollars worth of additional stuff including pulling two wisdom teeth and all kinds of other fun and exciting stuff.  In the end, it’s going to be a pretty brutal experience and it’s gonna cost me a fortune.  As a result, Prof may be flying solo for a few days, so make sure to be extra sweet to her and help us out with big highlights and the like that we may miss.  As for me, well go have a really enjoyable meal in my honor as I’ll probably be eating apple sauce and pudding for a little while.  With any luck I’ll be back sooner rather than later.

 

Padres 2, Nationals 10Prof: Juan Soto is nineteen years old. He was born after I graduated from high school. Of all the kids in the bigs that I say I could be their mother, in this case I LITERALLY COULD BE HIS MOTHER. This young man was called up today (SomeGuy had a tremendous breakdown in yesterday’s comments) and he did not disappoint. In fact, what did he do at his first at-bat? Hit a three run homer. That’s nothing to sneeze at. Great nights from Trea Turner, Bryce Harper, and Mark Reynolds as well, capped off by a seven inning winning performance from Gio Gonzalez.

Braves 0, Phillies 3Scouts: What the…holy hell.  Philly turned to Nick Pivetta, whom I never really heard of before to shut out the white hot Braves.  (Are we not allowed to call them the Barves anymore?)  Pivetta gave up just 4 hits over 7 innings and struck out 7.

Marlins 0, Mets 2Prof: An under-performing team beats a Four-A team with singles and doubles. Sounds about right. The big news was that New York is thinking about bringing in Jose Bautista, last seen with his tail between his legs hitchhiking from SunTrust Park after getting his walking papers. If the Mets are seriously considering bringing Joey Bats in, whose batting average is hovering around .170 max, it’s only a matter of time before they bring up someone who can actually sell some swag… one Tim Tebow.

Diamondbacks 2, Brewers 4Prof: The Gritty Snakes aren’t having a very good time on the road. The Brew Crew, however, is having a par-tay. The surprising Milwaukee squad brought out the big bats – with Travis Shaw, Domingo Santana, and Lorenzo Cain all hitting homers. Chase Anderson found his groove, pitching very well for six innings, while last season’s most dominant closer – Corey “Evil” Knebel – is back from injury like it never happened. (Between Knebel and Josh Hader, could the Brewers actually have the best one-two closing punch in baseball?) The biggest thing was that Zack Greinke, a former Brewer who traditionally pitches well at Miller Park, gave up four runs and got the loss. Well, I suppose no one’s perfect.

Yankees 10, Rangers 5Scouts: Eight home runs were hit in game, and the biggest shock is most of them were hiut by the bottom half of the orders. Gleyber Torres hit a pair, Neil Walker hit one, Aaron Hicks had one, and  Aaron Judge followed with one.  For the Rangers, it was Joey Gallo, Roughned Odor, and Ronald Guzman.

Orioles 3, White Sox 2Scouts: The only major statistic Manny Machado does not lead the Orioles in at this point is strikeouts.  He’s currently 4th in MLB in average, tied for first in HR, tops in RBI, fifth in OPB, second in OPS, and third in Slugging.  If not for Mookie Betts, he’d be the clear front runner for MVP.

Tigers 2, Twins 4Prof: It’s a grudge match between Historio’s Tigers and Happy’s Twins. It started out roses for Nick Castellanos, who hit a solo dinger in the first inning and an RBI single in the third. But then Minnesota took over and never looked back. Max Kepler hit a two run double in the fifth to get it started, and then the Twins broke it open in the eighth, winning off a Rex Grossman sac fly that brought in Eddie Rosario.

Royals 0, Cardinals 6Scouts: Miles Mikolas is now 6-0 with a 2.24 ERA after throwing a complete game, 4-hit shutout of the hapless Royals.  He faced Ian Kennedy who is now 1-5 with a 5.30 ERA and lasted just 5.2 innings.  Just doesn’t seem fair.

Rockies 2, Dodgers 1Scouts: Carlos Gonzalez singled in the winning run in the 8th, while German Marquez allowed just two hits and one run in 7 dominant innings.

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19 thoughts on “He Said, She Said – Scores and Updates for 5/21/18

    • I so hope that Gardenhire throws a manager’s tantrum during this series and has the decency to do it before I fall asleep.

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  1. Scouts, I know it sounds onerous, even odious, now but losing a crown isn’t half as rough as it used to be. Consider:

    or:

    There are blessings to be counted. Begin with the thumb of your left hand.

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  2. The last two teenagers to homer in a major league game are Juan Soto (obviously) and Bryce Harper, and both did it against the Padres in DC. The young man had quite a positive effect on his teammates; I don’t know if it was due to their being inspired by him, or perhaps fear of losing their job someday, but even Michael A. Taylor had two hits. I do know, however, that they loved Soto’s work at the Nats’ facility in the DR:

    Speaking of inspirational, Tim Collins, who was last seen pitching in the World Series for the Royals in 2014, made his return to the bigs last night after two Tommy John surgeries, and he tossed a scoreless eighth inning for the Nats, so maybe he’ll be one of the answers for their somewhat beleaguered bullpen, although he’ll probably only be an every other day guy.

    Happy Birthday to Tommy John, by the way – 125 wins in the bigs prior to the surgery that bears his name, and 164 after, thus making him the first of many “examples” that the surgery makes you a better pitcher. (It doesn’t, although it probably returns you to a level of performance that had long since passed for you much earlier in your career, many months or years before the UCL tear that led to the surgery, and so it sure seems like it gives you bionic strength.)

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  3. Scouts as you pay your dentist some thousands it might comfort you to know that the Twins will be paying 22.5 million over the next two years for nothing – that nothing being Phil Hughes who they just dropped from the roster.

    And tonight’s starter Lance Lynn whom the Twins are on the hook for about 10 million will probably be pulled from the rotation if he doesn’t get it together before Ervin Santana and Trever May get back in a couple of weeks,

    Here’s hoping the Tigers pick Hughes up. I don’t think the Twins have dared to send him out recently so he could start for the Tigers tonight and the Twins could over pay for two bad pitching performances in one game.That’s how we baseball in the AL Central!

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    • I remember there was a highly regarded baseball Twitter guy who kept saying Lance Lynn was The Guy to get on the pitching open market earlier this season, and for the life of me I kept wondering if I was in crack and couldn’t see what made this guy SO desirable. And now I definitely don’t see it lol

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      • I love Sexy Sanchez, but I was thinking about the same thing every time I saw Braves fans going on about him on the Twitter.

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        • I’m proud to say that, for the most part, my little band of Braves Folks on Twitter were….hesitant at best about Sanchez lol. Those who liked the Anibal deal were the same guys who thought it was a good idea to sign J. Bats.

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      • I was so happy about the acquisition of Lynn that I suspended my use of the phrase “trust fund pukes” in relation to the Pohlad boys. The speculation round here is that missing the majority of spring training hurt Lynn badly and now his slow start has gotten into his head. So he should be able to bring things around.

        Trouble is, that as the Twins are in a battle with their fellow AL Central Titans to see who can be the one to win 85 there is no time to waste.

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    • I’m sorry to tell you but the Tigers will probably win tonight, as it’s paper’s night to have his game on the TV. Since I can’t watch, Detroit should bat a million-zillion.

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