Prof: Happy Monday, everyone! Last week, Scout told me about this show on Netflix where the guy has an AMAZING Chicago Cubs rec room. I finally watched it today (Sunday) and holy cats! Dude even has a giant, basically life sized Anthony Rizzo bobblehead! Pretty dang awesome. While this guy’s home is extreme in many ways, it got me to thinking. What sort of baseball related items do you display in your home that others might think are a bit over the top? I proudly have an autographed photo of Ron Santo hanging up. Even before I moved, it had a place of honor in the living room – the rest of the interior was more of a traditional type of decor but next to my ex’s grandmother’s Erte bronze was my photo of Ron Santo and a small collection of bobbleheads on a side table (Chipper, Scooter, Roy Oswalt). How about you? Anything that might be out of the ordinary for some people but baseball folks wouldn’t bat an eye at?
Mets 8, Phillies 2 (Little League Classic, in Williamsport, PA) – Scouts: Suddenly the Mets have one of the hottest offenses in baseball and are tearing through some of the best teams in the league. I’m as confused as you are. This is the same Mets team that has the lowest run total in home games in all of baseball.
Rays 2, Red Sox 0 – Prof: Is Boston taking a vacation? That’s really all I can consider when they get blanked by the Tampa Bay Sea Creatures at home. I mean, all the names are there; Betts, Benintendi, J.D. Martinez… maybe these are pod people and the real BoSox lineup are on Martha’s Vineyard kicking back for a day or two to rest up for the playoffs?
Blue Jays 2, Yankees 10 – Scouts: Has New York gotten it’s groove back? After looking pretty rough for a while the Yankees have won 10 of their last 14 and are winning games pretty decisively. In this one, Greg Bird started things off right with a grand slam in the first, and Miguel Andujar and Didi Gregorious added a pair of RBI’s to give the Yanks a big early cushion.
Orioles 0, Spiders 8 – Scouts: With the loss, the Orioles are officially eliminated from the post season, a thing that happened unofficially somewhere back in March I think. Melky Cabrera smoked a grand slam in the 4th and the hapless birds were held scoreless by Mike Clevinger and company.
Giants 4, Reds 11 – Prof: Seven runs in the third inning for Cincinnati, including a two run triple from my small son. Immediately afterwards a home run from Eugenio Suarez brought wee Scoots home.
Rockies 4, Braves 2 – Prof: The Rockies had never swept the Atlanta Braves at home until now. Trevor Story and DJ LeMahieu both homered off of Anibal Sanchez. For the Braves, it was Johan Camargo driving Freddie Freeman home and not much of anything else.
Marlins 12, Nationals 1 – Prof: Elsewhere in the NL East, we have this game that should cause every Nats fan to hang their heads in shame. Yo. This was awful. Really, really awful. The spineless Jose Urena went a full nine innings and allowed only two hits all day, whilst Gio Gonzalez went four and 2/3 and allowed eight. This lineup that is supposed to strike fear in the hearts of the National League was, frankly, pathetic. Where’s the bat, Harper? Turner, where you at? Daniel Murphy, Rendon, what’s up guys? That ain’t no way to be, Washington.
Cubs 1, Pirates 2 F/11 – Scouts: Adam Frazier broke the tie and ended the game by powering a two-out homer off of Brandon Kintzler. Things just don’t feel the same for Chicago this year as they did last do they?
Royals 6, White Sox 7 – Prof: Folks, sometimes even two bad teams can get together and play some interesting baseball. Case in point, this contest between basement dwellers in the AL Central. The Royals went wild in the second, scoring all six of their runs. Chicago rallied in the fourth with six runs of their own, and the winning run was an Oscar Narvaez one run single in the fifth.
Tigers 4, Twins 5 – Scouts: The game was tied in the 8th, until Eddie Rosario lifted a solo homer to take this one against the Tigers.
Brewers 2, Cardinals 1 – Scouts: Mike Moustakas drove in both runs for the Brewers on a double in the third. Outside of that it was all about Jhoulys Chacin and the bullpen who held St. Louis to just a single run on the day.
Angels 2, Rangers 4 – Scouts: Rougned Ordor’s three run homer in the 7th was the deciding blow in this contest, and quite frankly the only real interesting thing to happen in the game.
Astros 9, Athletics 4 – Prof: The Astros needed this win. Oakland would have swept Houston without it and Orbit’s boys would have lost their hold on the AL West lead. It was also a special victory for Justin Verlander – this was his 200th win of his career. Home runs were mashed by both sides: Matt Chapman, Khris Davis (twice), Yuri Gurriel, Evan Gattis, Martin Maldonado, Alex Bregman, and Marwin Gonzalez. YOU GET A HOME RUN AND YOU GET A HOME RUN AND EVERYONE GETS A HOME RUN.
Dodgers 12, Mariners 1 – Prof: Clayton Kershaw went seven strong innings with as many strikeouts in this very lopsided game. Big day for JT the Red Panda, who went 4-5 with five RBI.
Diamondbacks 4, Padres 3 – Prof: Despite San Diego’s Hunter Renfroe’s two home runs, the Diamondbacks just had a little more in the tank – namely, A.J. Pollock’s solo dinger in the ninth inning.