Prof – Happy Friday everyone! To celebrate, I’m posting songs by one of my most favorite bands, Keane. Their album, Under the Iron Sea, has brought me through some seriously bad times, and was the soundtrack to some good times as well. Wherever you are, Tom Chaplin, I hope you’re well. Thanks for being an anchor to my life. What album or musician did that for you?
Mets 10, Phillies 6 – Prof: The Phillies bullpen strikes again. Wasting two monster home runs by Bryce Harper, along with rookie Alec Bohm and Didi Gregorius’ solo bombs, the Phillies reliever corps is definitely no relief at all. In fact, they are just plain bad. If this isn’t the worst bullpen in baseball I’d be surprised. Brandon Nimmo broke the tie in the 9th inning.
Red Sox 5, Marlins 3 – Scouts: Despite being eliminated from the playoffs, the Red Sox still have pride to play for and Nathan Evoaldi was pushing that mantra shutting down the Marlins by allowing just 2 hits over 5 shutout innings.
Dodgers 9, Rockies 3 – Scouts: Julio Urias, fighting for a spot on the playoff rotation, looked pretty good allowing 2 runs on 3 hits over 5.2 innings but failing to pick up the win. LA exploded for 6 runs in the 7th as they seem to be the most AL looking NL team we’ve seen in a long time.
Twins 3, White Sox 4 – Prof: The White Sox made the postseason for the first time since 2008. However, something funny happened to Minnesota. Josh Donaldson was ejected from the game after hitting a home run. I still don’t know exactly why, only that Donaldson went old school and kicked dirt all over home plate.
Scouts: I’d like to point out that while I agree Umpires in general need to put on their big boy pants and check the ego, it was also incredibly stupid of Donaldson to get himself ejected in a 1 run game facing off against the division leaders with the division title on the line. It was funny, but if I am a member/fan of Minnesota, I’d be pretty pissed at Donaldson right now.
D–backs 3, Angels 7 – Prof: Los Angeles of Anaheim of Southern California, led by Anthony Rendon and the GOAT Trout, finally broke out the bats. Even defensive wizard Andrelton Simmons got in on the act with an RBI single. If only they could cobble together a pitching staff…
Giants 6, Mariners 4 – Prof: This was a makeup game from that scary, smokey wildfire delayed game which was also a makeup game from Covid precautions. A makeup of a makeup. The Giants, playing at home, were the visiting squad. This whole thing is an unholy mess, good gracious. A Wilmer Flores RBI triple was the boost needed to hand Seattle another loss.
Rays 3, Orioles 1 F/7 Game 1 – Scouts: It took a while, but the Rays finally snapped out of their funk, thanks to a pair of runs in the 7th, rallying to come back vs the Birds.
Orioles 6, Rays 10 F/7 Game 2 – Scouts: You know when I said the other day that the Rays needed to wake up, I didn’t mean like right now. Tampa swept the double header, which also clinched their second consecutive playoff birth. Both starters actually stunk up the place, but Tampa was able to stay on top thanks to a 4 spot in the 5th.
Rangers 1, Astros 2 – Prof: Kyle Tucker brings home Alex Bregman with a homer and Houston keeps creeping back into .500 ball.
Spiders 10, Tigers 3 – Prof: Much like another young Bieber, the Magical Pitcher of Cleve just keeps making hits. I think Shane Bieber is your AL frontrunner for all the awards. An eight inning shutout, and the Biebs’ night ended with 10 strikeouts. His Spider teammates helped out by putting the ball into play all the live long day. Jose Ramirez in particular hit two home runs.
Cardinals 1, Pirates 5 – Scouts: Steven Brault picked up his first win on the year and it only took him pitching 9 innings of two hit, 1 run ball to do it.
Blue Jays 7, Yankees 10 – Scouts: Damn Toronto, what’s going on over there? The Yankees hit 6+ homers in three straight games now, a game that really wasn’t as close as it appears thanks to 4 Toronto runs in garbage time. Brett Gardner, DJ LeMahieu, Luke Voit, Gincarlo Stanton, and Gleyber Torres all homered in the 4th. Gary Sanchez added one in the 7th for good measure.