Two pieces of Braves news today. First the good. In a shocking move, the Braves extended young star Ronald Acuna to the tune of a 8 year, 100 Million dollar deal. Extensions are all the rave these days, so much so that I’m starting to wonder if there will be any free agents left in the coming years. Last year’s super dry off-season may be becoming the norm. The deal is especially uprising, because the Braves had the 21 year old NL Rookie of the Year under team control through the 2024 season, so the deal really just eliminates any arbitration process and gives the Braves two additional years.
In very sad Braves news, long time manager Bobby Cox was admitted to the hospital late last night after suffering a reported stroke. The 77 year old former manager was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 after heading the Braves during their years of dominance in the mid 90’s.
Giants 5, Dodgers 6 – Scouts: Yesterday there was some concern that the Dodger’s red-hot bats had cooled. Today they heated them back up. Cody Bellinger launched the first grand slam of the young season, off of the nicest guy in the league, Madison Bumgarner in the 3rd. The Dodgers bullpen was in bend but don’t break mode, giving up 3 in the 9th, leaving the Giants a run shy of a come-back.
Angels 1, Mariners 2 – Scouts: Marco Gonzales held the Angels to 4 hits and one run across 8.1 dominant innings. This one remained tied at 1 until Daniel Vogelback hit a solo in the 8th. The Mariners are now 8-1 to start off the season. Not too bad for a rebuilding year.
Tigers 3, Yankees 1 – Prof: Is it too early to wonder what the heck is wrong with New York? Detroit rocked the City, getting a knock off Aroldis Chapman and eleven hits off of Yankees pitching overall.
Brewers 4, Reds 3 – Prof: Does Cincy miss Scooter Gennett? I don’t know if they do, but I’m sure Gennett would have brought his A-game against his former team, who just keep powering on. A big sixth inning for the Brew Crew, when Orlando Arcia broke his hitting slump with a three run homer. Josh Hader gets yet another save, his fourth of the season.
Phillies 8, Nationals 2 – Prof: It was Bryce Harper’s return to Washington after his exodus. The Nats fans booed their prodigal son upon his first at-bat. He struck out, but that didn’t last long. Buoyed by what I can only assume is revenge, Harper singled in the sixth and homered in the eighth. For the Curly Dubs, Anthony Rendon hit a two run homer in the sixth but it was all Philadelphia, all the time.
Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1 – Prof: The Orioles are now 4-1. This isn’t Orioles Magic, this is devil magic. Andrew Cashner went six shutout innings. Baltimore’s big inning was the sixth when Jonathan Villar and Trey Mancini drove home two runs. Rowdy Tellez for Toronto tried his best with a single solo homer in the ninth, but it was too little, too late.
Scouts: Chris Davis Watch: Davis went 0-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts, bringing his season total to 0-12 with 7 strikeouts and 3 walks. Maybe tomorrow will be your day!
Red Sox 0, Athletics 1 – Scouts: Very slow start for the defending champions who drop another one to Oakland. This time Chris Sale picks up the loss as the Boston offense just can’t seem to hit themselves out of a wet paper bag. Who even came up with that expression? Who’s out there trying to hit themselves out of wet paper bags?
Diamondbacks 8, Padres 5 – Scouts: Thirty-Five year old Zack Greinke decided to do it all on his own, smashing a pair of homers, whilst racking up 10 strikeouts. San Diego may be on the verge of respectable, but they still have a little ways to go to prove it.
Rockies 0, Rays 4 – Prof: Your reigning AL Cy Young winner, Blake Snell, destroyed Colorado with a masterful performance – seven full innings and thirteen strikeouts.
Mets 6, Marlins 5 – Prof: Whew, good lord. The first inning was a humdinger, at least for the Mets. New York scored five of their six runs right away. The Feesh tried their best to catch up, with two runs scored in the seventh and one more in the eighth, but they just couldn’t get there. Only one homer for the night – Starlin Castro for Miami in the fifth.
Astros 4, Rangers 6 – Scouts: Not Justin Verlander’s best outing. The flying V only lasted 4 innings, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits, bested by Shelby Miller, who’s still working his way back from Tommy John. Houston is now just 2-4 and in need of a jump start.
Twins 5, Royals 4 F/10 – Scouts: Eddie Rosario busted out of his season-opening slump with a game-tying single in the 9th, which set up a Nelson Cruz game-winning single in the 10th, and just like that the Twins are 3-1 to kick off the year.