Prof: Hey, fam! I took a much needed day off from both jobs and basically took naps and did food prep all day. I’ve spent most of the day away from the internet, for the most part. But I’m back and ready to go, so let’s get started.
Scouts: Sorry all for the late post, I had a early morning Doctors appointment that pushed the rest of my day back a bit. Anyways, let’s get into it!
Also, today’s header gif is the best thing about 2019 hands down.
Astros 3, Brewers 2 F/10 – Prof: Christian Yelich is still going back and forth with Cody Bellinger for NL MVP honors. The guy is a machine. He’s also posed for very tasteful photos in the ESPN Body Issue, which I think is the last one. I appreciate the Body Issue because it puts the lie to the notion that an athlete has to look a certain way. Yelich is lean and in good shape, but he looks a lot like a bunch of guys that I see daily at the mall who are in the Naval Academy. You don’t have to be Yasiel Puig and stacked up with muscles on top of muscles. You could be a lean Christian Yelich, or a teddy bear named Prince Fielder. Anyway, Gerrit Cole went six innings and struck out 14 Brewers. Alex Bregman with an RBI, Yelich with a homer. It was all tied up going into the tenth, but Houston wins the day on a Springer Dinger.
White Sox 3, Spiders 11 – Scouts: After spending a lot of the year under performing, the Spiders are getting really good at the right time. They are also getting stronger. Jake Bauers reported for duty at the MLB level for the first time in 422 days. He came in in the 4th to pinch hit for Jordan Luplow and went 1-2 with 2 RBI’s a walk, and a homer.
Rangers 7, Yankees 0 – Prof: Don’t let anyone ever tell you that something is impossible, because the Rangers are here to prove you wrong. Texas was the first team in 220 tries to shut out the hard hitting Yankees. Mike Minor continues to pitch a career best, and this outing was one of his jewels of the year. Fitting that this show of guts and pure Rangers’ grit happened on the weekend that Texas added Michael Young to the Rangers’ Hall of Fame, a man who is the epitome of hard nosed never-give-up-ism.
Mets 7, Nationals 3 – Prof: [clears throat]
Alonso and Conforto on the base paths now.
Call J.D. Davis! 877-RUNS-NOW!
Likes to hit doubles and how.
Yes, J.D. Davis is my favorite meme right now and I won’t stop because this makes me smile. He, along with the scrappy Jeff McNeil, young Brandon Nimmo, my guy Michael Conforto and Super Rookie Pete Alonso, were super effective against their NL East rivals. If the Mets can just put it together, they will be dangerous for years to come. This lineup is outstanding and they still have some of the best pitchers in the National League. Like Thor, for example; Syndergaard went seven innings and struck out ten.
Orioles 4, Rays 5 F/10 – Scouts: Baltimore gave Tampa a real run for their money, but as has been the case the entire season, the pitching, especially the bullpen let them down in the end. Tommy Pham capped off a 3-3, 3 RBI day with a walk-off single in the 10th that third baseman Rio Ruiz couldn’t quite handle.
Twins 4, Tigers 3 – Prof: The Twins keep mashing and they just don’t care that these other teams have families. Yet another home run was hit in this game, and Max Kepler continues to be one of the greatest European imports in the history of the sport.
Blue Jays 3, Braves 6 – Prof: Baby Braves vs Baby Jays – the future is now! Let’s break it down. First of all, young maple flavored ace Mike Soroka went five innings and struck out six. Ozzie Albies (and veteran Bringer of Rain Josh Donaldson) worked to score four runs. For Toronto, Rowdy Tellez and Randal Grichuk both hit homers, while Grichuk (a doppleganger for both Braves players Dansby Swanson and Charlie Culberson) also brought in Bo Bichette with a sac fly. A wealth of young, upcoming, and talented young men are with these teams, and I am excited to see how they battle for years to come.
Phillies 7, Reds 1 – Scouts: Remember Rhys Hoskins? He’s had a pretty quite year, batting only .241 with 27 homers, and has been one of several reasons the Phillies didn’t contend this year. Yesterday, he reminded everyone just who he used to be going 2-4, hitting 3 RBI’s and smoking a pair of homers. Also homering for Philly was Scott Kingery and Bryce Harper.
Giants 1, Cardinals 3 – Prof: No odd year voodoo, just a wily vet (Adam Wainwright), a well timed single, and a good outing from the Redbirds closer.
Mariners 1, Cubs 5 – Scouts: Chicago utilized a 5 run 7th inning to take apart Seattle and come away with the win. Anthony Rizzo got things started with a RBI single, followed by Kyle Schwarber’s triple. The Cubs weren’t done just yet as Addison Russell was able to bring in Schwarber on a fielder’s choice.
Padres 7, Diamondbacks 14 – Prof: Whew, Lordy. The Gritty Snakes were on fire! After an explosive second inning, where Arizona scored six runs, the next big fireworks display was in the sixth, with three home runs. Christian Walker’s, for example, was a 445 foot bomb.
Rockies 9, Dodgers 16 – Scouts: The Dodgers do what they do best hitting 7 homers off a Colorado pitching staff that just can’t get a break. Clearly I’m not going to list them all, but Joc Pederson hit his 29th and 30th, Cody Bellinger hit 44, and Chris Taylor hit number 10 and 11.