Sunday was also a busy day, as per usual for the MLB. Perhaps the most notable story of the weekend in baseball belongs to the Houston Astros, who swept away the previously hot Seattle Mariners by taking the final game of the series by a score of 3-2.
It was yet another comeback win for the Astros, defending AL West champs, and the win puts them just a sole game off the pace of the upstarts. It was DH-for-the-day Aledmys Diaz who hammered a solo homer that earned the win, capitalizing on strong Gerrit Cole pitching, which included 11 strikeouts, to hand them a victory that could help decide the top team out West come season’s end.
We wrap up with some great news. The streak is over. That is Chris Davis’ non-hitting streak. The Baltimore Orioles man was 0-54 coming into his first at-bat on Saturday, and he wasted no time getting it
He lined a two run single to right field, ending the streak and then asking for the ball. Glad that’s over now, and hopefully he can go back and live his life normally again!
The San Diego Padres, even after signing Manny Machado, were supposed to be afterthoughts. But that’s not what they are looking like after they took their record to 10-5 on the season thanks to a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
The win was highlighted by excellent pitching from Chris Paddack and co. and timely hitting. Machado homered in the first inning to give them a 1-0 lead and rising star Fernando Tatis, Jr. drove in the winning run with a double in the seventh to hand them the win and further demonstrate why this team could be a serious contender.
The Seattle Mariners are hitting on all cylinders at the moment. The AL West leaders are now 13-2 on the season following a 7-6 win over Kansas City in ten innings on Thursday. The win required them to rally from behind, using home runs from Dee Gordon and Daniel Vogelbach to do so.
Gordon’s home run also was a historic one since it made it 15 games in a row that the Mariners had hit a home run. It’s the longest such streak to ever open an MLB season. Any other time it might seem silly to point out such a ‘baseball’ stat, but judging by the way they are playing it’s building confidence in them and seems to be quite the rewarding cycle. On top of that, all of their position players have already hit a homer in the first 15 games, a huge accomplishment that shows they could just be in it for the long haul.
There is still an awfully long way to go in the MLB season, but the Houston Astros are showing World Series level form yet again. The Astros, thanks to an 8-6 win in Houston on Wednesday night, swept away the New York Yankees for the very first time in franchise history. And former MVP, and candidate again for the honor, Jose Altuve smashed two home runs along the way to remind everyone of his credentials
That makes it six wins out of his six at home for the Astros, who are widely favored to be among the World Series favorites this season. Right up there with the Yankees and the Red Sox. If not for a late rally by the Yankees that saw them put four on the board in the eighth, this game wouldn’t have been nearly as close as it ended up looking. Carlos Correa also homered for the Astros and had three RBI in the victory.
The streak is finally over. Jacob deGrom, for the first time in seemingly forever, failed to record a quality start on Tuesday night for the New York Mets in their loss to the Minnesota Twins. He remained tied at 26 quality starts running along with Bob Gibson.
He also had 31 games in a row without giving up more than three runs, simply stunning. While the streak might not be over, not many will have worries about him. He’ll continue to dominate, just as he’s been doing. And perhaps a new streak will begin.
It doesn’t make for pretty viewing, or writing, but history has been made in Major League Baseball. And it’s not the kind anyone will be cheering about. Heck, it’s even past the point of snickering, such is the predicament Chris Davis finds himself in. A season after hitting just .168, the slugger has now gone without a single hit in his last 47 plate appearances.
That includes games this year and at the end of last season as well. This breaks the record for field players. Some of his own Orioles fans have been booing him, while others have been cheering to try to get him back on track. Something just isn’t working right now, and hopefully he gets it turned around soon. Because everybody loses an underdog story.
The New York Yankees had a whale of an afternoon on Sunday as they racked up seven home runs in a 15-3 walloping over the Baltimore Orioles, who remain firmly entrenched in the basement of the AL East by the looks of things. The total was the most the Bronx Bombers, an apt name, had hit on the road in over 50 years. To make matters even better for them, Gary Sanchez blasted three of them on his own, collecting a hat trick of sorts that won’t be repeated all that often.
A player that was involved in the game on the losing side was Chris Davis, and he, too, is nearing his own history. As dubious as it may be. The Orioles first baseman has gone without a hit in each of his last 44 appearances at the plate, dating back to last September. For this season alone, he is 0-23 at the plate, a devastatingly poor start. Should he fail to get a hit in his next two trips to the dish, he would break the record for the most at-bats without a hit for a position player. Not the kind of record you want at all, and you can’t but help that he doesn’t experience such a fate.
Mike Trout just signed that eye watering lucrative contract a couple of weeks ago, and he’s already showing why it will be paid back in no time. The LA Angels slugger blasted two home runs on Friday night to aid them to a 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers.
Both of the homers were solo shots, giving his team a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning and then giving them a bit of insurance with the second one coming in the eighth. It was just their second win of the season and the victory saw them snap a five-game losing skid. The game also included a ridiculous catch by Angels’ right fielder Brian Goodwin that really needs to be seen.
Gleyber Torres put on one heck of a show on Thursday afternoon in Baltimore against the Orioles. The New York Yankees went 4-4 as he helped pull them out of a 3-0 hole early in the game. Torres, who forgot his own batting gloves and had to put on a pair of A-Rod’s old ones, smashed two home runs in the 8-4 victory. His sixth inning home run, a three-run shot, gave them the lead that they never let go of. It snapped a small two-game losing streak for the depleted Yanks.
Trevor Bauer also had a heck of a day, helping the Cleveland Indians dust off the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1. Bauer, a man that called his own shot in saying he would win the Cy Young this season, went seven hit-less innings for them before being taken out early, which he eventually admitted he agreed with. The Indians held on to the collective no-no but had it broken in the ninth frame. This continues a long streak that the team have not had a no-hitter, dating all the way back to 1981. Bizarrely, this is the fourth time this season that the Blue Jays have been no-hit into the later innings, quite a dubious distinction to have.