Prof: You guys be nice to Scout tomorrow as he’ll have to man the blog alone. Your friendly neighborhood Prof has a business meeting out of town so I won’t be able to do my part of the update. But fear not! I’ll be back in time for the Friday edition.
Brewers 6, Phillies 1 – Prof: Well, well, well, how the turntables…turn. Yasmani Grandal and Ryan Braun both had multi-run homers and Brandon Woodruff went six scoreless innings as Milwaukee battled and won on the streets of Philadelphia.
Scouts: Bryce made an additional pair of “diving” plays!
Rockies 5, Red Sox 4 F/11 – Prof: Chris Sale gets a no decision and frankly it’s a damn shame, because he pitched his ass off. Sale struck out SEVENTEEN in seven innings. That’s a career high for him. After a bad first month, Sale has jumped into the running for another shiny Cy Young Award on his wall with record setting performances like this one. And speaking of Cy Young…
Cardinals 14, Braves 3 – Prof: Here’s the thing – the Braves are not as bad as these most recent losses look. I mean, yes, losing by double digits is bad, and it’s rough, and it’s not a good look when last year’s stud is this year’s dud. But Foltynewicz is coming off injury and I think he wasn’t quite ready for prime time, while the bullpen continues to be a source of frustration (and earned runs). Jonny Venters had a terrible night, ballooning his ERA to over 20 now. Yeah, that’s right. 20.25 to be exact. Anyway, props to the Redbirds for wiping the floor with Atlanta’s young squad, especially Kolton Wong and Marcell Ozuna, both with big dingers.
Angels 3, Twins 4 – Prof: Solid play by both teams, but a little late for the Angels. The Twins continue their fantastic 2019 campaign doing the bare minimum at the plate, but making it count. Big ups to game winner Kyle Gibson for being the world’s oldest 31 year old.
Rangers 5, Royals 11 – Scouts: KC had a moment of clarity as they were putting up 9 runs in the first two innings. It feels good to score in bunches.
Pirates 6, Diamondbacks 2 – Scouts: Joe Musgrove’s had a few rough outings recently, but he never lost confidence. He proved he had good reason to remain confident by shutting down Arizona on just a single hit over 7 innings. Josh Bell had a pair of homers as well as a ground out RBI to provide much more than Musgrove needed.
Blue Jays 7, Giants 3 – Scouts: Vlad Guerrero Jr finally got the homer monkey off his back, hitting his first and second career homers.
Padres 3, Dodgers 6 – Scouts: Sadly, it’s pretty clear that Clayton Kershaw is not what he once was. Kershaw gave up 3 runs in 7 innings including a pair of homers. Still not a bad performance at all, but not the total domination he once was. Good thing he has one heck of an offense behind him. Chris Paddack picked up his second loss and was unable to make it out of the 5th inning allowing 6 total runs, 3 earned.
Athletics 3, Mariners 4 – Scouts: Daniel Vogelback, Time Beckham, and Mitch Haniger all homered for Seattle. Is this the beginning of the return of the Mac, or is this just a flash in the pan?
Spiders 9, White Sox 0 – Prof: Five home runs – including two from Jordan Luplow – and the Magical Land of Cleve blanked Chicago.
Cubs 3, Reds 1 – Prof: Remember the old Bud Light commercials? Real Men of Genius? Well, I present to you: Kyle Hendricks, real man of genius. [Real man of geeeeeenius!] The Professor went eight innings in dominating fashion. [Seven sexy strikeouts!] Not to mention, he had a two run double. [Taking care of business!] He basically won his own game for himself. [Gotta respect the hustle!] So I salute you, Kyle Hendricks. [I’m glad he’s finally pitching like himselllllllf again!]
Mets 6, Nationals 2 – Prof: Ooof. The Curly Dubs started out the game on the wrong foot and it just kept going from there. Wilson Ramos was able to snag a grand slam because of a Washington misstep, and Noah Syndergaard took a no hitter into the sixth inning.
Astros 11, Tigers 4 – Scouts: Is there a hotter team in baseball? The Astros aren’t just winning, they are winning by large numbers and doing it seemingly every night. Carlos Correa, Aledmys Diaz, and George Springer all homered in a game where it took Detroit 7 innings to throw their first shutout inning.
Rays 4, Marlins 0 – Prof: Hey, Charlie F’n Morton! Chuck is a healthy 4-0 now with Tampa. Avisail Garcia did it all, pretty much: dude was 3-4 with three RBI, including a home run.
Orioles, Yankees – PPD – Scouts: 2.3 Billion dollars to build a brand new stadium and someone forgot to test the drainage system. The second delay in as many days, this one because when they removed the tarp, they created a pool of water in left field that refused to drain. Guess they also ran out of liquid plumber…