Prof: A plea to the Gods – STOP HURTING BASEBALL PLAYERS! First, we have Javy Baez and Christian Yelich going down. A freak accident puts the Braves’ best bench player, Charlie Culberson, out for the season. Then on Sunday, Mike Trout is shut down and Anthony Rizzo’s ankle does things that ankles aren’t supposed to do. Dear God, what’s next? The bad thing is that each one of these players are great people off the field, and important to their teams on the field. It’s just not fair.
Marlins 1, Giants 2 – Prof: Tied up going into the eighth, Baby Yaz scored on a Ryne Stanek wild pitch. Will Smith gets his 33rd save of the season.
Athletics 6, Rangers 1 – Scouts: Sean Manaea has pitched in three games since returning from last year’s shoulder surgery, and the results so far have been nothing less than spectacular. Manaea has pitched to a .5 ERA across 18 innings with 21 strikeouts and just 6 walks. If he can keep this up, it’ll be a major boost for the A’s come October.
Padres 5, Rockies 10 – Scouts: Colorado flashed that potent offense they have once again, completing the sweep of the Padres. The win came thanks in no small part to a pair of homers by Ryan McMahon who finished the game with 4 RBI’s.
Rays 4, Angels 6 – Prof: No Mike Trout? No problem! Father Time would bestow some life into The Machine. Albert Pujols had an RBI double in the first, and then this a three run homer in the fifth.
Reds 3, Diamondbacks 1 – Prof: The Noted Drone Enthusiast gets the win, and had a very fine performance – eight innings, nine strikeouts. Eugenio Suarez hit two homers. This dude does nothing but mash, why isn’t he getting major love from the national press? Oh, I forgot: he’s in Cincinnati!
White Sox 10, Mariners 11 – Scouts: Not a great pitching performance for either team, but then again there’s a reason they are a collective 45 games below .500. The two teams combined for 21 runs, despite also combining for 24 strikeouts. Such is the way of MLB life in 2019. Oddly enough, only 3 homers were hit.
Red Sox 6, Phillies 3 – Boston’s Christian Vazquez hit two home runs, one of them a grand slam, and the Phillies crap the bed once again. How can a team that spent so much money fail so often? Their bajillion dollar man, Bryce Harper, didn’t even get a hit. Rhys Hoskins hit a solo dinger and was driven in by Jean Segura, but that’s about it.
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 6 – Scouts: The Yankees pretty much have all this wrapped up, so they can afford to coast a little and get a little healthy. Toronto clearly has little to play for this season, but they are still showing off they can be a real threat next year. Randal Grichuk may be a big part of that, going 2-4 with 4 RBI’s and a pair of homers.
Orioles 8, Tigers 2 – Scouts: Ugh. When the two worst teams in MLB play, everyone loses. The two teams have combined for a whopping 204 losses this year, and the Tigers have pretty much ensured they will pick first in next year’s draft. Hanser Alberto was actually in contention for the AL batting title for a while there, but he’s now fallen to 4th at .317 behind Tim Anderson’s .332, so there’s that.
Twins 5, Spiders 7 – Prof: The AL Central is pretty much a fight between these two teams. Minnesota is up 91-58 and will surely win the title, but the Magical Land of Cleve is watching the throne and at the very least, aiming for an AL wild card berth. So it was vital that the Spiders win this game. Even with the win, the Twins did some cool stuff – they tied a major league home run record thanks to Eddie Rosario (who actually hit two yesterday). They are the first team since the 2009 Phillies to have four players reach 30 dingers in the same season. And Miguel Sano is right on the cusp, which means the Twins will hold the record outright when he crosses the threshold.
Braves 0, Nationals 7 – Prof: My GQ Coverboy Pitcher Child did not have a great day. It’s ok, Max Fried, we all have crappy times at our job. It definitely wasn’t the optimal time to have that crappy outing, though; the Curly Dubs prevented the series sweep and the Braves did not avenge the loss of Charlie Culberson. Howie Kendrick Lamar homered and had a two run single.
Astros 12, Royals 3 – Scouts: Wade Miley’s had a bit of a rough go of it recently, allowing 7 and 5 runs in his previous two starts, pitching to a 7.88 ERA in his last 7. But a team like Kansas City is always good to help with a bounce back performance. Miley did give up 7 hits over 6 innings, but he was able to hold KC to just a pair of runs.
Brewers 7, Cardinals 6 – Prof: The NL Central is heating up again. Not that it wasn’t ever NOT hot, but this added some fuel to the fire. Those of us who are actively rooting against the Cardinals’ Devil Magic have Ryan Braun, of all people, to thank for this victory. Two outs, ninth inning, pretty much down to his last swing, and Braun crushes a grand slam, an absolute no-doubt bomb to push Milwaukee over the top. This is also great news for Chicago, because both the Cubs and the Crew are only ~3 games away from St. Louis and that number one spot. And speaking of Chicago…
Pirates 6, Cubs 16 – Prof: This was a butt kicking. Two homers from Kris Bryant, one a piece from Baby Babe Ruth, Jonathan Lucroy, and Ian Happ. Anthony Rizzo sprained his ankle during the game and had to be helped off the field in late innings. I don’t want to put the video here, but it’s easy to find. It just makes me queasy to look at it. Fun fact – KB has surpassed the great Ernie Banks for most home runs by a Cub in the first five years of his career. KB has 137 now, and he still has more to go – you can’t tell me that K-Boom won’t mash more this year.
Dodgers 3, Mets 2 – Scouts: The Dodgers rallied for a run in the 8th and on in the 9th, because well thats’ what they do. They either blow you out in the first three, or they come back in the end. Is there a single team in the NL that even looks like they are in the same league as LA?