Giants 3, Nationals 1
Matt Cain goes the distance in this one, allowing the lone run on a Rick Ankiel double while striking out eleven. As Fetch mentioned in his Boxscore the Nationals drafted Anthony Rendon, and there are now a plethora of salivating articles being written about the possibilities of a Rendon/Harper/Strasburg led team. They rarely mention Ryan Zimmerman because people are mean (and as for the two third base guys thing I’ve read several places a Rendon shift to second is possible). Anywho, here’s Neyer on that. As for this Bryce Harper business everyone is so up in arms about (Craig Calcaterra has a fun string of posts on this here (where Craig sort of calls out Harper), here (where Craig calls out Harper), and here (where Craig reconsiders calling out Harper)). I think people need to calm down. Bryce Harper, at the age of 18, is better than you’ve ever been at anything so of course he paints his face like the Ultimate Warrior and somewhat shows up a pitcher. If he is what he’s supposed to be it all goes away and if he isn’t we get to mock his failure to feel better about ourselves. Its a win win no matter how you slice it.
Phillies 2, Dodgers 0
Cole Hamels goes eight while allowing six hits and no walks, striking out nine. Ryan Madson continues to prove that he didn’t have some disease that ruined his ability to pitch in closing situations, picking up his 14th save in 14 chances. Frank McCourt will so make payroll. I gotta say McCourt is so slimy I’ve started to root for him.
Astros 4, Cardinals 1
Ben Norris is something of a legend here in St Louis, to the point that Mike Shannon was joking during this one that his nickname should be changed from “Cy” Norris (legitimately what our local media calls him) to “No Hitter” Norris (for reasons to be explained). Despite being vile against everyone else prior to this season he has always done well against the Cardinals due the vagaries of chance and/or some type of gypsy curse. Last night he managed a no hitter into the seventh (though he’d given up four walks) before Lance “Astro Killer” Berkman deposited one into the seats. That’s all the offense the Cardinals managed though, as the Astros win this one in impressive fashion. Michael Bourn came in as a pinch hitter in the ninth and singled for an RBI before promptly stealing a base. He’s now 26 for 28 on steal attempts this year. For some ungodly reason the Cardinals drafted the brother of Colby Rasmus despite the entire organization seemingly hating their awesome player, the fans calling for his trade, and the likeliehood that Papa Rasmus may plan to one day stab Tony La Russa in a bar.
Twins 3, Indians 2
Ben Revere, who had a great uncle named Paul that warned the British about our guns, gives the Twins a lead they’ll hold in the top of the 10th when he manages a two out RBI single off Chris Perez. Twins closer Matt Capps wins for giving up a game tying homerun to Jack Hannahan in the bottom of the 9th.The fairy magic that allows the Indians to gain such a commanding lead in the AL Central seems to be slipping away, and Neyer (and PECOTA) strongly believe the Tigers are the favorites at this point.
Cubs 4, Reds 1
As usual two starters in one game, in this case Ryan Dempster and Bronson Arroyo, were available for streaming goodness in many of my daily fantasy leagues. And, as usual, I chose the wrong starter, as Dempster outpitches Arroyo. In conclusion, I hate fantasy baseball. Aramis “I may not care about baseball, but I damn sure will keep playing it for the Cubs and the Cubs only” Ramirez and Carlos “Enjoying my last big contract” Pena homered for the small bears. Carlos Marmol listened to Carlos Zambrano and threw the right goddamn pitches this time so he gets his 11th save.
Pirates 3, Diamondbacks 2
Who cares. Mark Grace got a DUI.
Orioles 3, Athletics 2
Baltimore finishes off the sweep of the A’s with a decent performance by Zach Britton (6.1 innings,one run earned, unearned, or stolen). The A’s have now lost nine straight and my preseason hopes for their offense have definitely not come to fruition. Factor in losing three starters and all is likely lost. One small hope is Jemele Weeks, Rickie Weeks recently called up little brother, who goes 2-3 here while scoring both runs for Oakland.
Red Sox 11, Yankees 6
Yankees get stomped. Pete Abraham says Dustin Pedroia may require knee surgery that puts him out for a month.
Braves 3, Marlins 2
Derek Lowe managed a no hitter of his own into the seventh. Then he loaded the bases and the Braves kept trying to give the game away. Craig Kimbrel finally allowed the Marlins to tie it in the ninth off a Mike Stanton two RBI single. Then in the tenth Mike Dunn gives up an RBI single to Freddie Freeman and takes the loss for the Nationals, which may drop him below Adam Dunn in fantasy value (who he is crushing), but probably not. Florida fired their hitting coach John Mallee and hire ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez. I think I speak for everyone when I say thank you, Florida Marlins.