Prof: Thanks for everyone’s well wishes and trying to keep me hopeful for my vacation. It might rain a little bit on and off during my getaway, but at least I’ll miss the hurricane. I’ll be taking a full vacation until sometime next week, which means that Scout will be piloting the ship here. As usual, it’s a Girl Power Friday, and today I’m celebrating the beautiful, the iconic, the one and only Janet! Ms. Jackson, if you’re nasty.
Before we get started, though, I want to give a psychic hug and a “that’ll do” to David Wright. The Mets Captain is coming back to play the final Mets homestand, and then will retire due to medical issues. Davey Wright, as I have always affectionately called him, deserved better than what he got. He’s the last of a dying breed; the player who spends his entire career with one team. Davey earned that C on his uniform, never doubt it. The guy played exemplary baseball for the majority of his career and had class and guts the whole time. A friend of mine said it best – you know that David Wright was a special player when Braves Twitter is sad about a Mets player retiring.
Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 4 – Scouts: Boston who still haven’t clinched, even if they really did back in April reduced their magic number to 6, finished off a sweep and added to J.D. Martinez’ homerun total. All in all a pretty good day for Red Sox faithful.
Athletics 3, Orioles 5 – Scouts: Dylan Bundy has been no good, cover your eyes aweful for a long time now. I don’t know what happened, he just seemed to get absolutely rocked every single time he stepped on the mound. So it was a nice change of pace when he actually pitched like a good pitcher for a change. Bundy allowed 2 over 6 in his first quality start in over a month. Oakland is now a game and a half behind the Yankees for the top Wild Card spot.
Twins 4, Royals 6 – Scouts: KC has been enjoying a bit of a win streak lately. Minnesota actually had a no hitter through 5, but then Alan Busenitz entered the game and poof no hitter gone and KC was looking at a 5-2 lead.
Diamondbacks 3, Rockies 10 – Prof: Lordy! You know who is getting forgotten in all of this deGrom/Nola/Scherzer hullabaloo? Kyle Freeland! He’s pitching well. IN DENVER!?!? I mean, that’s a feat and a half, friends. Anyway, the Rox ace has improved to 15-7 and struck out six in this game where they extended their NL West lead and absolutely spanked their division rivals. Name a Rockies player – maybe even Dinger the Dinosaur – and they probably got a hit. Even Freeland himself had one.
Marlins 3, Mets 4 (Game 1) – Prof: PITCHERS WHO RAKE!!!! I’m sorry, I know I’m in the minority but I absolutely love when pitchers bat and I especially love when pitchers hit home runs! Steven Matz WAS that home run hitting man last night in game one, hitting a two run shot to left field. Not to be outdone, Michael Conforto and Todd Frazier hit solo shots of their own; Frazier’s blast won the game for New York.
Marlins 2, Mets 5 (Game 2) – Prof: More winning from the Mets (who’da thunk it). As usual, the guy who made the biggest impact on the diamond was Michael Conforto (someone please save him) – 2-4 with 3 ribbies.
Dodgers 9, Cardinals 7 – Scouts: Man I miss Manny Machado. Manny went 3-4 with three RBI’s, his 34th homer, and made a pretty impressive defensive play that made even Clayton Kershaw smile.
Cubs 4, Nationals 3 F/10 – Prof: This was a makeup game where the Cubs had to fly in and then fly out almost immediately. Anthony Rizzo actually dressed in his road uniform before he got on the plane to save time. That’s my boy! The player of the game was Javier Baez, who pretty much did it all for Chicago – doubled, homered, reached home thanks to Victor Caratini, and brought Kris Bryant home on a bunt.
Mariners 8, Angels 2 – Scouts: Nelson Cruz was the story of this one with a three-run homer in the 4th that put the game way out of reach for the Angels.