3 for today:
Royals and Mets held to one hit
Both of the 2015 World Series teams are off to slow starts this year, and that didn’t change on Sunday, as the two combined for a total of two hits.
After Matt Harvey missed his start on Sunday because he was suspended by the team for three games, the Mets went on to get blown out by the Marlins. Adam Wilk started in Harvey’s place, and Giancarlo Stanton jumped on him right away; he crushed a three-run home run to the second deck in left field in the first inning and did the same with a solo shot two innings later.
At the plate, the Mets were even worse. Righty Jose Urena carved through New York’s lineup, inducing soft contact and keeping the Mets off balance for six innings. He allowed two baserunners–a single and a walk in the sixth inning. Relievers David Phelps, Nick Wittgren, and A.J. Ramos followed Urena’s masterful outing with three more dominant innings in which they issued one walk and didn’t allow a hit to complete the 7-0 victory.
In Kansas City, it wasn’t so lopsided. Mike Clevinger started for the Indians opposite Danny Duffy of the Royals. Clevinger walked four Kansas City batters in 5 2/3 innings, but he only allowed one hit and thus, the Royals were unable to capitalize on Clevinger’s shaky command. Duffy was also fantastic; he yielded one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. But that one run proved to be the difference, as the Royals’ offense only managed two baserunners after Clevinger departed and fell 1-0 to the defending AL champs.
With Sunday’s loss, Kansas City is now 10-20 on the season and sports baseball’s worst offense. The Mets are not necessarily in a favorable situation either; they’re 14-16 and are dealing with a slew of injuries. Still, the Mets’ postseason chances are still alive while the Royals’ run appears to be just about over.
Boston plates 10 ninth-inning runs
Today’s game between the Red Sox and Twins featured the AL’s top two pitchers by ERA thus far, Chris Sale and Ervin Santana, so naturally, the teams scored 23 runs.
The two starters combined for 10 earned runs; Sale gave up four in six innings while Santana allowed six in the same amount of innings. Despite that, their ERAs both remain below two. But the starting pitching matchup wasn’t the most interesting part of this game. It was supposed to be, but it wasn’t. The top of the ninth inning was.
In the eighth inning, the Twins pushed a pair of runs across to bring themselves within one run; Boston led 7-6. But any hope for a comeback quickly faded, as the Boston onslaught began with one out in the inning. After Mookie Betts grounded out to start the inning, the next seven Red Sox hitters reached base. A couple of walks, a few doubles, a single, and a home run resulted in seven runs. The Red Sox then tacked on three more runs for safe measures to win the game 17-6.
Jayson Werth goes deep twice in Philadelphia
The Phillies weren’t Werth’s first team, but they were the team with which he made a name for himself (and earned a seven-year contract). And since signing with the division-rival Nationals six years ago, he has done nothing but rake against his former team.
Coming into Sunday’s game, Werth had more home runs against the Phillies than any other opponent with 20. Not bad, considering he spent his age-28 through 31 seasons with those very same Phillies. On Sunday, he brought that total to 22 with a couple of no-doubters. To make matters worse for Philadelphia, 16 of those 22 blasts have come at Citizens Bank Park, and Werth’s last three multi-homer performances have all come at that stadium. And Mets’ fans thought Daniel Murphy was annoying.
3 for tomorrow:
Orioles vs. Nationals (Gausman vs. Gonzalez)
The Orioles have the third-best record in the AL, and the Nationals own the best record in the NL. And the two teams are, like, cross-town rivals and stuff, so that’s fun.
Reds vs. Yankees (Tanaka vs. Davis)
The Reds are in first place in the NL Central for some reason and are coming off a dominating sweep of San Francisco, and the Yankees–and Aaron Judge–are really fun to watch right now.
Rockies vs. Cubs (Senzatela vs. Arrieta)
The Rockies haven’t slowed down a bit and are now 20-12. The Cubs are off to a bit of a slow start, but they’re still the defending champs. This will be a good test for Colorado. And Antonio Senzatela has been very good this year.