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April 5 MLB Blog: Bartolo Colon!

What is good, ladies and gentlemen!  Welcome back to another daily blog.

 

Tonight, my friends, we can rejoice.  Bartolo Colon is back on the hill!  And for MY BRAVES, no less.  To say I’m excited would be an understatement.  To say the 186 days since I have seen him pitch in a regular season contest have been brutal would not be an understatement.  

 

I need some Colon in my life.  You need some Colon in your life.

 

We all need Colon in our lives.

 

Anyway, let’s get this show on the road, peeps.  Be sure to subscribe below and stay tuned on Noahsports for more MLB blogs like this.

 

The Three Worst Pitches of All Time

 

I am aware this is a headline I should probably save for the dog days of June and July and not waste on the third day of the season, but what has to be done has to be done.

 

See for yourself why:

 

 

Believe it or not, Wainwright actually had an explanation for… whatever the heck that was.  He told reporters he sensed a miscommunication between him in his catcher, Yadier Molina.  The right-hander had a fastball grip and thought Molina was looking for a breaking ball, so he decided to spike it into the ground to protect him.  Very understandable, but….. did you have to make it that awful?  

 

Anyway, this got me thinking.  Could this really be the worst pitch in MLB history?  I went on a mission to find out.

 

Turns out that no, it was not.

 

 

Never change, baseball.

 

Daily News Feed

 

  • Today’s Cubs and Cardinals game, originally scheduled for 1 PM, was rained out and rescheduled for tomorrow at 12:45 PM ET.
  • Red Sox star OF Mookie Betts will miss tonight’s game against the Pirates with the flu.
  • The White Sox have reportedly signed righty Mike Pelfrey to a minor league deal.  Pelfrey was released by the Tigers last week after he failed to make the opening day roster.
  • Brewers right-hander Junior Guerra will miss “at least six weeks” with a right calf strain.
  • Pretty cool gesture: The Tigers will cut “Mr. I” into the outfield grass for Friday’s home opener to honor late owner Mike Ilitch. 
  • Mets pitcher Seth Lugo will miss a few weeks with a UCL tear.
  • The Brewers claimed IF/OF Nick Franklin off waivers from the Rays Wednesday.
  • Let me know when this mammoth Joey Gallo homer comes down from the sky.

 

April 3 scores

 

Mets 6, Braves 0
Nationals 4, Marlins 2
Red Sox 5, Pirates 3
Rockies 7, Brewers 5
Blue Jays 3, Orioles 2 (11)
Dodgers 14, Padres 3
Twins 7, Royals 1
Phillies 4, Reds 3
Indians 8, Rangers 5
Astros 3, Mariners 0
Athletics 4, Angels 2

 

Yesterday’s recaps

 

Tigers 6, White Sox 3 (W: Verlander 1-0 L: Quintana 0-1 S: Rodriguez 1)
At last, the season is underway for these two clubs.  Justin Verlander fanned 10 and JaCoby Jones hit his first career homer as the Tigers roughed up Jose Quintana and Detroit topped the White Sox in their season opener, which was played one day late after being postponed by rain.

 

Yankees 5, Rays 0 (W: Sabathia 1-0 L: Odorizzi 0-1)
Chase Headley homered to keep up his hot start and CC Sabathia was highly effective in his season debut as the Yankees bested the Rays to earn their first victory of the 2017 season.  The 36-year-old Sabathia, beginning his 17th season, held Tampa Bay to 3 hits in 5 shutout innings.  Headley went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI to improve to 5-for-8 from the plate this season.

 

Rockies 6, Brewers 5 (W: Anderson 1-0 L: Davies 0-1 S: Holland 2)
What is to be made of the Rockies bullpen?  Yes, it’s away from Coors Field and facing one of the worst lineups in baseball, but Colorado’s relief corps has yet to concede a run in 8 1/3 innings of work.  Personally, I can’t remember the Rockies having a better late-inning combo than Mike Dunn and Greg Holland, and Adam Ottovino is a longtime favorite of mine.  Only time will tell, but I like what I’m seeing so far.

 

Indians 4, Rangers 3 (W: Carrasco 1-0 L: Perez 0-1 S: Allen 2)
Here’s why I think the Indians win the World Series.  People forget that Cleveland was a game away from a World Championship without star LF Michael Brantley, who isn’t long removed from finishing 3rd in MVP voting.  A healthy Brantley, who went 2-for-4 in yesterday’s defeat of the Rangers, is the model of consistency and a .300 hitter.  Throw in slugger Edwin Encarnacion, and the defending AL champs now have a new no. 3 and no. 4 hitter.  Good gracious.

 

Astros 2, Mariners 1 (W: McCullers 1-0 L: Iwakuma 0-1 S: Giles 2)
I’m a happy camper right now if I’m an Astros fan.  Hoo boy, has the pitching been special or what?  Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers each dominated in their season debuts, and their surprisingly underrated bullpen has been flawless.  The Astros are going to be a ton of fun to watch this season if they keep this up.

 

Cubs 2, Cardinals 1 (W: Arrieta 1-0 L: Wainwright 0-1 S: Davis 1)
Meet Albert Almora, one of the best defensive outfielders you’ve never heard of.  The 22-year-old, who will split time in center with Jon Jay this season, set the bar high for the play of the year Wednesday as he robbed a would-be Matt Adams homer to help preserve the Cubs’ first victory of the season.  It wasn’t the only web gem of the contest, however, as glove whiz Javy Baez made a ridiculous diving stop to end the game.  Almora still won the night in my book since Baez made two errors and gave Stephen Piscotty a head contusion in a single play.

 

Giants 8, Diamondbacks 4 (W: Cueto 1-0 L: Corbin 0-1)
In protest, I will not write about the Giants this season until they bring MadBum in a game as a pinch-hitter.

 

Angels 7, A’s 6 (W: Bailey 1-0 L: Dull 0-1 S: Bedrosian 1)
Welcome back, Matt Shoemaker!  Seven months after suffering a cracked skull from a line drive that hit him in the head, the Angels’ starter was back on the mound.  He tossed five innings of two-run ball, and the Angels earned the victory after Danny Espinosa’s clutch three-run shot in the 9th put them ahead for good.

 

Padres 4, Dodgers 0 (W: Richard 1-0 L: Maeda 0-1)
Well, shoot.  I had a bunch of witty jokes about how terrible the Padres are all ready to go for this article.  Oh well.  What a start by Clayton Richard, who pitched 8 shutout innings.  (If the name sounds familiar, he was a reliever on the Cubs for a good portion of last year).  I didn’t watch a ton of this one, but from what I heard his changeup was absolutely fantastic.  I hope he turns out to be a nice little find for San Diego, because boy, are they gonna need a nice little find or two to get through this season.

 

April 4 Play of the Day

 

This is another new feature in my Daily Blog series.  I will pick a top play for each day to show you guys, and at the end of the year will pick the top ten Plays of the Season.

 

 

Games to Watch

 

Indians @ Rangers, 8:05 PM (Not on national TV, unfortunately)
Could the Indians, my World Series pick, open up the season with a sweep of the Rangers at Globe Life Park?  Danny Salazar toes the rubber for Cleveland against fellow changeup wizard Cole Hamels in this must-watch series finale.

 

Pick: Rangers 6-3

Braves @ Mets, 7:10 PM (Also not on national TV, doggone it)
Bartolo.  Colon.  Is.  Pitching.

 

〉Pick: Braves 4, Mets 3

 

Fact of the Day

 

 

 

 

 

Noah Holley

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