Prof: I’m going to take this opportunity to talk about the dumbest thing I’ve heard in a while, and that was the Jeff Passan report that MLB is considering splitting the Rays franchise between two cities. Now, if it were between, say, Tampa and Orlando or something, it would be stupid, but it would make a little sense. But nah. Nah, bro. Rob Manfred greenlights something that makes sense? Nah. This Wyle E. Coyote-style super genius wants to give the OK to shuffling the Rays between Tampa and Montreal. Excuse me? Or should I say Excusez-moi? First of all, the logistics of this is mind boggling. This would be a team of professional snowbirds; Florida for the first part of the year and Canada for the rest of the season. This is quite possibly the dumbest thing I’ve heard of since the “put a guy on second in extra innings” idea that Manfred floated around. As they might say in Montreal, Merde.
Let’s counteract this stupidity with some female empowerment. I’m every woman and you are, too.
Astros 6, Yankees 10 – Scouts: The Yankees currently look like one of if not the strongest team in baseball. It’s really not even fair at this point. Four more homers, including three as part of a 6 run 4th inning and they made the Astros look like the Orioles.
Phillies 4, Nationals 7 – Prof: It’s a sweep! Tied up until the sixth, when Anthony Rendon (for my money, one of the most underrated players in the game today) and Victor Robles busted out the heavy lumber to raise the Curly Dubs to victory. To add to the sweetness, former Nat and current “traitor” Bryce Harper was thrown out at home in the fourth, to which I’m sure the Washington faithful cheered lustily.
Angels 5, Blue Jays 7 F/10 – Scouts: Billy Ballgame made a triumphant return. In his first at-bat since May 23rd Billy McKinney launched the game winning homer over the right centerfield wall.
Marlins 7, Cardinals 6 F/11 – Prof: JT Riddle me this! The Feesh center fielder saved the day with a two run homer in extras to secure a win for Miami.
Reds 7, Brewers 1 – Prof: I think the Brew Crew is a little tired. The only person who scored was the superhuman Christian Yelich, with a moonshot (no doubter). It was Cincinnati that dominated, led by super rookie Nick Senzel and Jose Iglesias, who both had two run dingers. Senzel also drew a walk with the bases loaded in the first inning.
Mets 4, Cubs 7 – Scouts: 4 innings pitched. 1 hit allowed (a solo homer), and 5 strikeouts. Not a bad MLB debut for Adbert Alzolay. Oh, did I mention he got the win too?
Twins 1, Royals 4 – Prof: You know, sometimes a bad team can just get hot at the right time, and a great team can have a lull. We’re seeing it with Milwaukee, and we see it here, too, with Minnesota. A big first inning against Jake Odorizzi for Kansas City, who got three runs off the ten game winner.
Rays 4, Athletics 5 – Scouts: Fresh off beating up on the Double A team known as the Orioles, the Athletics took that momentum and went out and rallied for 4 runs in the 9th to stun the Rays. Matt Chapman punctuated the come back with a three run blast to left center.
Giants 8, Dodgers 9 – Scouts: Too little too late. 4 runs in the 9th wasn’t enough to complete the come back attempt at the Dodgers were able to hold on to a narrow victory. The bullpen was in full on meltdown mode before Cody Bellinger, made a defensive play that sparked the Dodgers into putting a stop to the Giants comeback attempt. The kicker is that Bellinger, the Dodgers’ likely All-Star outfielder was playing first base after Max Muncy had to leave the game after fouling a ball off his foot.
Spiders 2, Rangers 4 – Prof: Mike Minor is quietly having a career resurgence and I, for one, am excited. The former Brave was always a favorite of mine, and to see him being a resource for Texas makes me happy. Minor went eight innings, struck out eight, and held Cleveland to one run. Elvis Andrus had a solo dinger and an RBI triple in the win.
Rockies 6, D’backs 4 F/10 – Prof: Extra innings in the desert. The Rockies came back from behind off of a Tony Wolters RBI single in the ninth inning to tie it up, then Chris Iannetta had an RBI single in the tenth to beat the Gritty Snakes on the road. Ian Desmond and Charlie Blackmon homered for Colorado, while Christian Walker went yard for Arizona.
Orioles 5, Mariners 2 – Scouts: If you ask me, the Orioles are the kindest team in the league. How nice of them to go around, handing out homers and victories to everyone they meet. Such a great franchise.