Prof: How are you guys holding up with things? It’s a weird place we’re in, where we can’t see baseball in person but MLB does their level best to keep us from seeing it, period. Why do we still have blackouts? We literally can’t go to the stadiums this year. MLB.tv is still $60 on the year and while I suppose that’s cheap, all things considered, it’s still such a weird experience that we have to jump through hoops to catch a game. I’m trying to introduce someone to Braves baseball and we can’t watch a game here in Maryland unless we have the app. I can’t afford to buy it, and they are just learning the game, so why should they buy it? It’s frustrating. It’s stuff like this that shoots this sport in the foot.
Cardinals 3, Cubs 1 F/7 (Game 1) – Scouts: More exciting 7 inning action! Isn’t it suuuuuper exciting how St. Louis needed 4 pitchers to get through a game 1 7 inning affair. And they were rewarded with a win! While the Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks dominated through 6, but it was the 7th that did him in allowing a two run double to Brad Miller to drop the first game in the set.
Cubs 5, Cardinals 4 F/7 (Game 2) – Scouts: Chicago has NOT been playing very well and it was safe to say they learned their lesson about allowing a pitcher to go more than 2 innings, because they sure didn’t repeat that mistake. The Cubs and Cardinals used a combined 12 forking pitchers to get through 7 innings. And it’s not like most of them even had high pitch counts or pitched poorly. No, this is just how it is in 2020. Is this the real life or just some video game?
Blue Jays 7, Orioles 2 – Prof: It was the Grichuk and Biggio Show in Baltimore. Randal Grichuk launched a three run homer and an RBI single. The Baby Biggio also had an RBI single and a two run homer. Hyun Jin Ryu gets the W.
Red Sox 3, Yankees 6 – Scouts: Man it must be a really tough job being an announcer for the 6-17 Boston Red Sox, huh Dennis? Yup, I’m going to beat this dead horse all the way to the end of the season. Luke Voit homered twice, Thario Estrada and Aaron Hicks also homered and Boston was simply outclassed.
Nationals 6, Braves 7 – Scouts: Washington lead the entire game. That is until Adam Duvall and Dansby Swanson homered to walk it off in the 9th. Daniel Hudson’s final line: .2 IP, 3 H, 4ER, 2 HR. 7.88 ERA. Woof.
Mets 11, Marlins 4 – Prof: The NL East is a weird animal. Case in point, this game. The Mets couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn lately but was a regular launching pad against Miami. Robinson Cano hit two two-run homers, Pete Alonso hit two solo shots.
Tigers 2, White Sox 7 – Scouts: Chicago just can’t stop slugging dingers these days. First Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada went back to back to kick off the game, and then Luis Robert and Danny Mendick went back to back in the 6th. Oh, and Tim Anderson also homered in the second while Luis Robert picked up his second homer in the 8th.
Padres 14, Rangers 4 – Scouts: When a team scores 14 runs it can often be hard to know where to start. This isn’t one of those times. Let’s talk about Fernando Tatis Jr who on two swings of the bat racked up 7, yes 7 RBI’s. The game was already well out of hand before Tatis hit his first homer, but that didn’t stop him for going for the juggular.
Rockies 1, Asterisks 2 – Scouts: The Asterisks picked up their 5th straight win thanks to a pair of runs in the first off a Carlos Correa double and then Brandon Bielak putting in into cruse control for six innings. His only mistake was a solo homer by Trevor Story, but the bullpen was able to come in and hold it at that.
Mariners 9, Dodgers 11 – Scouts: It took a pair of 5 run innings, but the Dodgers were able to eek out a victory that was honestly a lot closer than it should have been. Let’s just not even look at the pitching stats of a game that saw 20 runs and not a single pitcher last longer than 3 innings. Mookie Betts and Corey Seager homered. That’s cool. So did Kyle Lewis and Kyle Seager. That’s also cool. So two Kyles and two Seagers homered. Weird.
A’s 3, D-backs 4 – Scouts: David Peralta had himself a party, first getting things started with a homer in the 3rd, and then singling in the winning runs in the 9th.
Giants 6, Angels 7 – Prof: Mike Trout hit a solo shot, but the game was ultimately decided by Tommy LaStella, whose sac fly in the second set up a run, and a two run blast in the ninth.
Royals 1, Twins 4 – Prof: The 15-8 Twins are making their case for NL Central supremacy. Nelson Cruz continues to pad his resume for Cooperstown with a pair of solo home runs.