Prof: For a brief moment, baseball was as it should be. Then the Marlins decided to forget there’s a pandemic and now half the team has tested positive. Where do we do from here? How does Miami even field a team when they are back from Covid exile? What happens to the teams they were supposed to play? How do you make up games in a truncated season? I have no answers.
Scouts: Apologies for the late post today. I got slammed at work and I’m just now finding a little free time.
Diamondbacks 4, Rangers 1 – Scouts: Merrill Kelly had a no-hitter in the 7th before giving up a solo to Rougned Odor, the only Texas run of the game. Kelly finished the day allowing 3 hits with strikeouts over 7.2 innings.
Dodgers 5, Asterisks 2 – Prof: With respect to our Houston fans here… as the kids say, I stan Joe Kelly. Every other year he starts a fight or does something so profoundly stupid that I can’t help but become a fan of his dork ass all over again. He did it again last night.
Mariners 2, Angels 10 – Scouts: Albert Pujols is still going at it, smashing homer number 657 as the Seattle pitching staff got smacked around but good. Not a single pitcher lasted longer than 3 innings, and none of them escaped without giving up less than 1 run per inning pitched.
Blue Jays 5, Nationals 1 – Prof: The Buffalo Blue Jays done did it again, knocking the defending champs down a peg. Washington is clearly in a dark place without their biggest star and team leader, both out of the lineup. The Jays, on tge other hand, are super fun and super talented, and just keep getting better. The Baby Jays, led by sons of Hall of Famers and former major leaguers, are just tearing it up. Vlad Jr and Cavan Biggio continue to impress.
Cubs 8, Reds 5 – Scouts: Chi-town is off to a 4-1 start, and this time it was Javier Baez who kicked in racking up 3 RBI’s on three hits including a solo homer.
Brewers 6, Pirates 8 – Scouts: Pittsburgh came back big picking up 6 runs in the 7th and 8th inning to steal a win away from the Milwaukee bullpen.
Braves 2, Rays 5 – Prof: A day after DNFing long time starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, Atlanta looked to young Kyle Wright to help shore up the rotation. I have no reservations about Soroka and Fried. They are solid, strong, and really good. But the rest of ’em? Yikes. Mike and Max and Panic Attacks, that’s the Braves rotation. Anyway, Snit had Freddie Freeman DH and that was a bad choice. The Rays are sneaky good and they can take a man off the street and turn him into Cy Young, so there’s that.
Rockies 8, A’s 3 – Scouts: Every Rocky batter picked up a hit, including Sam Hilliard who went 2-5 with a pair of RBI’s as Oakland’s pitching staff got pretty well manhandled.
Padres 5, Giants 3 – Scouts: Fernando Tatis rocked a three run homer in the third and Wil Myers followed up with a two run shot in the 4th as the Padres run their record up to an impressive 4-1.
Mets 8, Red Sox 3 – Prof: What happened, Boston? It’s almost as if y’all’s mojo left when Mookie Betts went west. This was all Mets, though. New York is a streaky team still relying on the pure scrap of Jeff McNeil, J.D. Davis, and Brandon Nimmo, and I’m telling you folks, I live for it.
Royals 3, Tigers 4 – Scouts: All 7 runs in this one came in the 3rd as the Detroit bullpen managed to lock it down and hold the 1 run lead for the final 6 innings. Jonathan Schoop and Christin Stewart homered for the Tigers.
Cardinals 3, Twins 6 – Prof: You all know that I think the luckiest pitcher in the majors is Rick Porcello, in that he’s lucked out so many times beyond his means. But the other luckiest pitcher in baseball – one who actually has rabbit’s feet in both pockets and a four leaf clover in each cleat – is Homer Bailey. Give me Homer Bailey any day. For starters, the guy has pitched two no hitters. Secondly, he just seems like a nice guy who sometimes has improbable things happen to him. Good old Homer is with Minnesota these days, and he did the Twins well last night, going five innings and only giving up two runs. But the way Josh Donaldson and Nelson Cruz have been mashing, Homer didn’t even need to do that. It’s a fun time in Target Field these days.
White Sox 3, Spiders 4 (Game 1) – Scouts: The Spiders got the offense from Francisco Lindor and Bradley Zimmer and the pitching from Aaron Civale who racked up 9 of those K’s in 6 strong bend but don’t break innings.
White Sox 3, Spiders 5 (Game 2) – Scouts: The magical land of Cleve got the double header sweep thanks to the hot bat of Francisco Lindor and a nifty play in center by Oscar Mercado.
Yankees, Phillies – PPD (Covid)
Orioles, Marlins – PPD (Covid)