- The Orioles have reportedly released veteran outfielder Michael Bourn. Bourn, sidelined the entirety of Spring Training, was hitting .220 in 11 games at Triple-A Norfolk.
- The Red Sox called up no. 3 prospect 1B Sam Travis from Triple-A Pawtucket yesterday. Travis, the Red Sox’ first baseman of the future, was on a tear in the minors (.344, 3 HRs in AAA). He will serve a bench role as a left-handed specialist in the bigs.
- Happy birthday, Bartolo Colon! The most beloved pitcher in the big leagues, the Braves righty and veteran of 20 years turns 44 years old today. In honor of his special day, I’d reminisce about his many elite accomplishments as a starter, but everything pales in comparison to this particular moment. In tribute of the great Bartolo… Boy, it just NEVER gets old!
- Nationals starter Joe Ross has received ridiculous run support in his 4 starts this season. The Nationals have scored 62 runs with him on the hill. 62!!!
- The AL Central-leading Twins are quickly becoming one of the biggest stories in baseball. Perhaps an even BIGGER story, however, is the performance of Minnesota’s veteran ace, Ervin Santana. In his 13th year, it appears Santana has figured it out. He leads baseball in ERA (1.80) and has already matched his win total of the previous two seasons (7). Santana also has 2 complete-game shutouts, one of which was recorded in last night’s victory over the Orioles. So how is he doing this? What I’ve noticed and heard is that Santana is utilizing his dazzling fastball similar to the way he did earlier in his career; by working off of it to get outs. Whatever he’s doing, the reality is that Erv is pitching better than almost anyone on the planet right now, and it’s time for the rest of baseball to take notice.
- Speaking of sizzling-hot Twins starters, I’d also like to point out that 22-year-old Jose Berrios has been extremely impressive in his two starts since getting called up. (As of writing this, Berrios is making his third start in the series finale at the O’s). Berrios has given up a combined 4 hits and 2 walks in 15.1 IP (a 0.39 WHIP), and struck out 11 in his last outing. This is so unlike the Berrios of 2016 – he had an 8.02 ERA in 14 starts – that we don’t really know what to make of him just yet, but his stuff is filthy right now. I mean, the movement on his pitches!
- Padres SS Erick Aybar has hit each of his 4 home runs in 2017 on a Wednesday.
- Joc Pederson left last night’s win over the Cardinals after colliding with Yasiel Puig in the outfield. Pederson reportedly has a neck strain, and I would think he will be doubtful to play Wednesday. Man, I hate outfield collisions. It’s essentially two of your most important players getting hurt for the price of one. Dodgers fans are really lucky that Puig was mainly unaffected and Pederson should avoid the DL, because it sure could have turned out a lot worse.
- Mike Trout has drawn a walk in 10 consecutive games.
- It makes less sense every day that the Mets initially intended to keep OF Michael Conforto in the minors this season. Conforto, who hit 2 homers last night to bring his total to 13, is far and away the best Mets player right now. His performance has raised the question; who’s the bigger story in New York right now, Conforto or Aaron Judge?
- It’s questionable that we’ll see a finer pitcher’s duel in 2017 than last night’s Lance Lynn vs Clayton Kershaw battle. In a game that Kershaw’s Dodgers eventually won in the 13th, he pitched 9 innings of 3-hit, 10-strikeout ball, whereas Lynn tossed 8 innings of 2-hit, 10-K ball.
- A day after the Astros became the first in baseball to reach the 30-win mark, the Rockies became the first in the NL to achieve the win total. Charlie Blackmon went yard twice in the Rox’s 8-2 rout of the Phillies.
- The Mariners have acquired Astros minor league OF Andrew Aplin for a PTBNL or cash. Also, in a separate transaction, Seattle released pitcher Chris Heston.
(Note: From now on, I’m adding a new feature to this section where I pick the “X-Factor” for each winning team.)
- Cubs 4, Giants 1 (W: Lester 3-2 L: Cueto 4-4 X: SP Lester (W, 9 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 10 K, 99 P)
- Twins 2, Orioles 0 (W: Santana 7-2 L: Bundy 5-3 X: SP Santana (W, CGS, 9 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 6 K)
- Royals 6, Yankees 2 (W: Duffy 4-3 L: Warren 1-1 X: LF Bonifacio (1-4, HR, 2 RBI)
- Nationals 10, Mariners 1 (W: Ross 2-0 L: Bergman 1-2 X: 3B Rendon (3-4, 2 HR, 2B, 5 RBI)
- Rockies 8, Phillies 2 (W: Marquez 3-2 L: Eflin 0-2 X: CF Blackmon (2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI)
- Red Sox 11, Rangers 6 (W: Porcello 3-5 L: Cashner 1-4 X: SS Bogaerts (3-5, 4 R, 2B, 3 RBI)
- Indians 8, Reds 7 (W: Miller 3-0 L: Storen 1-1 S: Allen 13 X: 1B Encarnacion (2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R)
- Mets 9, Padres 3 (W: Harvey 3-3 L: Chacin 4-4 X: LF Conforto (3-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI)
- Angels 4, Rays 0 (W: Shoemaker 4-2 L: Cobb 4-4 X: SP Shoemaker (6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 5 K)
- Blue Jays 4, Brewers 3 (W: Barnes 1-2 L: Nelson 2-3 S: Osuna 7 X: 1B Morales (1-4, HR, 2 RBI)
- Astros 6, Tigers 2 (W: McCullers Jr 5-1 L: Zimmermann 4-3 X: CF Marisnick (3-4, RBI, R)
- Diamondbacks 5, White Sox 4 (W: Corbin 4-4 L: Covey 0-4 S: Rodney 11 X: 1B Goldschmidt (2-4, 3B, RBI, R)
- Dodgers 2, Cardinals 1 (13) (W: Fields 1-0 L: Broxton 0-1 X: SP Kershaw (9 IP, 3 H, ER, 10 K)
- Marlins 11, A’s 9 (W: Urena 2-2 L: Hahn 1-4 X: 1B Bour (4-5, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 4 R)
- Braves 6, Pirates 5 (W: Jackson 1-0 L: Watson 2-1 X: 1B Adams (3-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, WO)
- Twins @ Orioles (LIVE at time of writing)
- Blue Jays @ Brewers (LIVE at time of writing)
- Marlins @ Athletics (LIVE at time of writing)
- White Sox (Quintana 2-5) @ Diamondbacks (Delgado 0-1) 3:40 PM
- Reds (Bonilla 0-2) @ Indians (Bauer 4-4) 6:10 PM
- Royals (Hammel 1-5) @ Yankees (Severino 2-2) 7:05 PM
- Mariners (Gaviglio 0-0) @ Nationals (Roark 3-2) 7:05 PM
- Rockies (Chatwood 3-6) @ Phillies (Hellickson 5-1) 7:05 PM
- Rangers (Perez 2-5) @ Red Sox (Sale 4-2) 7:10 PM
- Padres (Cosart 0-1) @ Mets (Gsellman 2-3) 7:10 PM
- Angels (Nolasco 2-3) @ Rays (Ramirez 2-0) 7:10 PM
- Giants (Moore 2-4) @ Cubs (Hendricks 3-2) 8:05 PM
- Tigers (Norris 2-3) @ Astros (Morton 5-3) 8:10 PM
- Cardinals (Leake 4-2) @ Dodgers (Hill 1-1) 10:10 PM
Game recap: A 3-hour rain delay later, Braves walk off vs Pirates
Following a 3-hour, 12-minute rain delay, Matt Adams drove in the game-winning RBI to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 6-5 win over the Pirates.
The game ended a little before 2 AM, an hour after play resumed and over 6 hours after the first pitch.
Adams led the Braves with 3 hits and a home run, his second in his 4 games in an Atlanta uniform. Ender Inciarte and Kurt Suzuki also had 3 hits, and Nick Markakis added two of his own, including an RBI double to tie the game in the 9th. Atlanta totaled 15 hits in the contest.
Starter R.A. Dickey, who wrapped up his night just before the game was suspended, had a somewhat shaky outing, allowing 11 hits and giving up 3 earned runs. Luke Jackson earned the win for the Braves.
Jordy Mercer went 2-for-5 with a home run for the Pirates, who fall to 20-26. Closer Tony Watson took the loss.
- The bullpen’s club-record hitless innings streak was snapped at 16 when Alen Hansen singled off of Sam Freeman in the 7th.
- Matt Adams has hit 3 homers in 19 at-bats at SunTrust Park (one with the Cardinals earlier this month).
- The stadium’s fire alarm went off during the pre-rain delay portion of last night’s game due to an equipment malfunction. The fans were not evacuated.
- Julio Teheran’s home ERA is 10.50, third-worst in the majors among pitchers who have made at least 4 home starts.
- Injured 3B Adonis Garcia will make two rehab starts in Triple-A Gwinnett before coming off the DL on Friday.
Stat of the Day
Home runs in 7th inning or later 2017
1. Cody Bellinger (LAD) 7
2. Justin Bour (MIA) 6
2. Bryce Harper (WSH) 6
2. Ryan Zimmerman (WSH) 6
5. Jose Bautista (TOR) 5
5. Aaron Judge (NYY) 5
(6 others with 5)
Play of the Day
Indians OF Daniel Robinson had quite the game yesterday. Check out what he did here.
Fact of the Day
While last night’s 3-hour, 12 minute rain delay in the Braves-Pirates game certainly felt like one of the longer weather delays of all time, it actually isn’t even close. The longest occurred in a 1990 postponed game between the Rangers and the White Sox. The White Sox officially called off the game at 8:58 PM, 7 hours and 23 minutes after the scheduled start.
all times ET