Here’s what popped out when I watched the condensed version of MLB games last night. Not sure who needs a little recap, but here ya go if you don’t have an hour to sit down and watch. Mostly, maybe a tidbit or two can help point some of you onto a helpful rabbit-hole somewhere.
TOR – Six homers last night. Noted “barrelers” Randal Grichuk (one homer) and Teoscar Hernandez (two homers) joined in on the fun last night. Bo Bichette is red-hot. This can be a scary team.
WAS – Pounded on the Orioles, despite Stephen Strasburg leaving early. He’s still not right, but hopefully he can avoid serious injury. Anthony Santander homered again for the Orioles, is quietly up to 20 RBI this year.
PHI – Got a gift with Jacob deGrom having a stiff neck. Realmuto smoked another homer. Roman Quinn made a heck of a game-winning slide.
NYY – The Bronx Bombers must be living right, as Gary Sanchez seems to be emerging from his slumber right when they need him the most (given that Aaron Judge is sidelined). The Red Sox remain atrocious.
CLE – Beat up on the Tigers, but that’s not really a new thing. Franmil Reyes is red-hot, had another homer last night.
CIN – Sonny Gray was dealing yet again, worked at 94-95 MPH and flung 110 pitches through 6.2 innings (10 strikeouts). Nick Castellanos homered again. The guy is just absurd right now. Bryan Reynolds finally hit his first homer of the season, so maybe this will get him going. Jesse Winker has a five-game hitting steak, and double-donged last night. The hottest add in MLB right now.
CHC – Alec Mills got the last minute start over Tyler Chatwood last night, and was strong for most of the night. It looks like he was left in too long and got victimized by a Christian Yelich longball, but Mills is still a hold for me in 15-teamers.
COL – Only five runs scored at Coors…huh? Ryan Castellani got the start for the Rockies and fared admirably, it seems. Lance Lynn only allowed two runs in a complete game for Texas, likely propelled by the power of his fluffy beard. Nick Solak made two epic grabs in center field for the Rangers, and he clubbed a homer. Just leave him in the lineup, Rangers. I don’t care where he plays.
HOU – The Astros predictably piled it onto Nestor Cortes and company, scoring 11 runs in all. Yordan Alvarez had an oppo homer to the Crawford boxes in his first at-bat of 2020 last night. LET’S GET IT FOR MY TGFBI TEAM, ALVAREZ. Anyway, Yuli Gurriel homered once and just missed another one–he’s making good wood right now. Seattle only managed one run. Related, Framber Valdez is jacked, man. That dude looks yoked. He’s listed at 5′ 11″, 170 pounds…but I’d take the over on that weight. Not that it matters. Just an observation.
LAD – Justin Turner rapped a hit off the lefty Patrick Sandoval to get the Dodgers on the board, because bashing lefties is what he does. I didn’t know Sandoval had 94-96 MPH heat…he looked pretty good? Rendon crushed a homer off of Kershaw, so that was nice. But that was the only hit Kershaw allowed through seven innings. Bellinger had a two-run shot last night, maybe that will bust him out of his slump. And yeah, he homered again, so it’s safe to say the slump is over for Bellinger.
ARZ – Merrill Kelly allowed one run against the Padres in his previous turn, and he was hitting 93-94 MPH in this one against the Friars. He went 6.2 innings and allowed on three hits, no runs, and mustered seven strikeouts. The added velocity seems to really be paying dividends, still. Kole Calhoun punished one off of Lamet last night, the first run of the game in the sixth inning. Only the second homer of the year allowed by Lamet–the first one also to Calhoun. Calhoun also added an RBI-single in the eighth. Arizona seems to be waking from their early season slumber.
Today looks like a nice day for pitching. I haven’t seen the line for Coors but it wouldn’t surprise me if it went “under” given the presence of German Marquez and ground baller Kyle Gibson on the mound. I’ll be watching James Paxton’s velocity yet again, to see if he can tick it up another notch. The Reds face a lefty in Steven Brault, so let’s see where the lefty Jesse Winker slots into the lineup today. Again, the dude is among the hottest in baseball right now, and he’s not being platooned. Add him everywhere.