Scouts: The playoff picture is starting to settle in. So far there haven’t been many surprises and even fewer actual races, but there’s still a spot or two up for grabs. It’s been a rather down year for the chase to the post-season. And we are getting to a point in the season where for most teams playing is simply a formality. Just one last chance for a player to pad their stats at the risk of attempting to avoid getting hurt. Man I am so ready for the playoffs to begin. Get a little excitement around here.
Houston 4, Blue Jays 1 – Scouts: The Astros won both the division and their 100th game all at the same time. Alex Bregman smacked a two run homer and rookie Josh Jamess picked up his second win after holding Toronto to 1 run and 4 hits over 5 innings.
Yankees 9, Rays 2 – Scouts: All it took was a 7 run third for the Yankees to pick up their 97th win on the season. Gary Sanchez had 4 RBI’s and a homer. Luis Severino picked up his 19th win and should have one more shot at 20.
Pirates 6, Cubs 0 – Scouts: Pablo Reyes smoked a three run homer in the third, and the Pirates never looked back. The Cubs will have to try again to clinch a postseason birth tomorrow.
Brewers 12, Cardinals 4 – Scouts: Ouch, a second really painful loss for the Cardinals, who may be on the outside of the playoffs as a direct result of this series. St. Louis still maintains a half game lead over the Rockies for the final spot in one of the very few remaining question marks. They have two more against the Brewers followed by three against the Cubs. Meanwhile, the Rockies who are on a 4 game win steak have to face Philly and the Nats, both teams already eliminated from the playoffs.
Phillies 3, Rockies 10 – Scouts: Colorado took advantage of the second Cardinals loss in a row to pull within a half game of the final WC spot. Right now, they are in the drivers seat with a more favorable finish to their season. That’s not to say it will be easy, as the Phillies and Nats would love nothing more than to play spoilers.
Dodgers 3, D-Backs 4 – Scouts: A big loss for the Dodgers, who tied it up in the 9th, only to watch this one slip from their grasp when Eduardo Escobar walked it off with a homer off Kenta Maeda.
Athletics 8, Mariners 10 F/11 – Scouts: With two outs in the 9th, Matt Chapman committed a very costly error on a grounder that should have ended the game. Instead the Mariners got a second chance and made the most of it. First
Royals 4, Reds 3 – Scouts: Two bad teams played baseball. Do I really have to cover this game?
Marlins 4, Nats 9 – Scouts: The Nats were in danger of falling below .500 again this season. But then the friendly, helpful Marlins came to town. Thanks Derek! Max Scherzer effing got Austin Dean in the 7th for his 300th strike out on the season and his 18th win.
Braves 7, Mets 3 – Scouts: At this point the Braves are just trying to stay loose for the playoffs, but it’s more than enough to dismantle the lolMets. We actually had a really nice matchup as Noah Syndergaard went 6 allowing just 3 hits vs Touki Toussaint’s 3 hits over 5 innings. But then the Mets bullpen came in and blew it all to hell.
Tigers 4, Twins 2 – Scouts: Histo takes the happy dance for the night while Happy gets some “buck up kid” ice cream. Spencer Turnbull has now pitched two games, both against the Twins. The first go around, the Twins knocked him around pretty bad. This time around, he stepped up and shut them down.
Spiders 4, White Sox 5 – Scouts: James Shields reached 200 IP on the season which would be a lot more exciting if he wasn’t also 7-16 with a 4.53 ERA. Trevor Bauer was able to complete a 60 pitch, 4 inning outing in his second start back from the DL.
Rangers 1, Angels 4 – Scouts: Mike Trout has pulled in yet another quietly impressive performance. Trout’s slash line of .315/.461/1.093 with 38 homers is insanely impressive. Such a shame he won’t sniff the post-season yet again.
Padres 4, Giants 5 F/12 – Scouts: MadBumb was called to pinch hit in the 12th and delivered for a walk-off single. This was after Franmil Reyes tied the game for the Padres with a single in the 9th.
Orioles, RedSox – PPD