He Said, She Said- Scores and Highlights for 8/23/20

Prof: We’re going with a theme in today’s musical selections. It’s Monday, let’s add a little excitement and glamour to our week.

Marlins 3, Nationals 9Prof: The Treat Urner went 3-3 with 3 ribbies and Anibal Sanchez gets his first win of the season as the Nats whoop up on the Feesh.

Red Sox 4, Orioles 5Scouts: Looks like Baltimore is back on the winning track, taking the final two of the series from Boston.  And this time they even had to do it with no starting pitcher as Wade LeBlanc recorded just two outs before having to leave with elbow discomfort.

Tigers 7, Spiders 4Scouts: You’d be forgiven if you threw a fit watching Cesar Hernandez sail a lead off homer over the centerfield wall, expecting a Tigers meltdown.  The team is 2-8 and already 5 games back from a Wild Card spot, which is impressive considering 95% of the league will be in the playoffs this year.  But Tarik Skubal and the Tigers bullpen pulled it together (well except for Joe Jimenez) and Detroit rallied to take the swing game in the set.

Blue Jays 4, Rays 5Prof: The Rays are almost to twenty wins on the year, and Buffalo/Toronto is .500. The AL East is fun and these two teams are the most fun. Once again Tampa took a pitcher you’ve never heard of and turned him into Bob Gibson, this time it was rookie Josh Fleming, who took two hit ball deep into the fifth inning for his debut win.

Brewers 4, Pirates 5Prof: Milwaukee was swept by Pittsburgh, and I have no idea why. Actually, I do. It was the right RISP at the right time. Gregory Polanco hit a two run homer there at the end and lifted the Bucs to victory.

Twins 5, Royals 4Scouts: The Twins are currently without a full third of their starting lineup, two members of the rotation, and two members of the bullpen.  And they are still finding ways to win ball games.  I mean sure it was against the Royals, but still.  Nelson Cruz, who is approximately 136 years of age, hit his 10th homer on the season.

Angels 4, A’s 5 F/10Scouts: The A’s, who I have proclaimed the most boring team in baseball picked up their 20th win on the season, the first AL team to hit that mark, and it took their 5th extra innings win to do so.  On the flip side, the Angels broke the 20 loss barrier and I still for the life of me can’t understand why they are this bad.  I mean I get they are bad, but this bad?

Reds 2, Cardinals 6Prof: Four hits and two RBI for Yadi Molina as the Birds on the Bat snag the dub.

White Sox 1, Cubs 2Prof: The Crosstown Classic is always fun and it’s especially fun with both teams are decent. It really came down to the brilliant play of Yuuuuuuuuu! Darvish won his fifth consecutive game and struck out ten in seven innings. Other than a slight blip in the second which culminated in a Jose Abreu solo homer, Yu was on point. Baby Babe Ruth Schwarbs had the two run homer that got the North Side team on the board.

Asterisks 3, Padres 5Scouts: San Diego is on a 7 game win streak, 4 games over .500 and still is 4 games behind the Dodgers which is just crazy to me.  The Asterisks had Greinke on the mound, spotted him 3 runs in the first, and still they were unable to hold the game.  Manny Machado hit the game winner, a two run homer to right in the 8th off Enoli Paredes.

Rockies 3, Dodgers 11Scouts: Do you like homers?  Because this is how you get homers!  Of the 14 total runs scored in this game, only 1 run didn’t come off a home run.  Corey Seager (7), Mookie Betts (10,11) Enrique Hernandez (3), Cody Bellinger (8), Wil Smith (3), Max Muncy (7) all went yard for the Dodgers, while Trevor Story (8), Ryan McMahon (6), Sam Hilliard (3) hit them deep for Colorado.  If you ask me that’s just plain old pitcher abuse right there.

D-backs 1, Giants 6Prof: Mike Yaz hits a go-ahead homer and San Francisco just piled on from there. Arizona’s pitching staff, in general, is a hot mess. This outing featured at least two relief pitchers with ERAs over 10. Certainly no relief at all for the Gritty Snakes.

Rangers 1, Mariners 4Scouts: The Rangers, 7 games below .500 beat out the Mariners, 8 games below .500 in a match-up that’s so boring I just can’t justify spending anymore time on this than I already have.

Phillies 5, Braves 4Scouts: Exciting ending in this one as Atlanta mounted a comeback, had the winning run on with Freddie Freeman at the plate.  Freeman delivered with a double to center scoring Adeiny Hechavarria.  Dansby Swanson came around from first, attempting to score the tying run, only to get nailed at the plate off the relay from Didi Gregorius.

Yankees, Mets- PPD (Covid-19)

6 thoughts on “He Said, She Said- Scores and Highlights for 8/23/20

  1. After losing 20 straight to the Spiders, it was shocking to see the Tiggers take the series.

    There was a fair bit of optimism in Kittyville this spring when the artist formerly known as Miguel Cabrera came to spring training 1.0 in, if not BSoHL, noticeably better shape. Despite only DHing to limit the wear on his knees and back he’s making Mario Mendoza look like a silver slugger by hitting just .181 with a .594 OPS. Of course it makes perfect sense that he’s the only Tigger to play in every game this season.

    If you’re going to glam it up, you have to have a little Le Bon, Simon Le Bon.

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  2. The Angels are currently #19 in team OPS. They are #24 in team ERA. They are #24 in team fielding percentage (obviously a flawed stat, but still). As in, they are apparently good at nothing as a team.

    Rendon and Trout have been good. Ohtani has been hurt/underperforming. Pujols needs to retire.

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  3. Nats announced over the weekend that Strasburg will be having season-ending surgery for his carpal tunnel issue; for a team that was betting on a strategy of “Just get to the playoffs, and let our big three starters take us from there”, this is not great news. Word is that Strasburg should be ready to go in 2021, whenever that starts.

    The Nats currently sit fourth in the NL East, 3 1/2 games in arrears of the Braves, with three games in hand. 3 1/2 games isn’t a lot to make up with half the season left to play, but it’s harder to do with only 35 games left and your number 1A starter scuffling and your number 1B starter sidelined. 2020 is looking like a great time to let kids like Kieboom, Garcia, and some young pitchers audition for future roles.


    1. I was surprised to hear Strasburg would be our the rest of the season for a CTS release procedure, then remembered how short this season is. The big thing is him getting the feel of his grip back. That might take a month or two, but the season will be over/almost over by then.

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