It was a full day on the diamond in Major League Baseball on Saturday with plenty of games taking place and plenty of storylines unfolding. Among them was a player coming back to haunt his former employers as George Springer made the Houston Astros suffer for not bringing him back into the fold. The Toronto Blue Jays’ new star provided his team with all the offense they produced on the day in a 2-1 home win by launching two solo home runs, one coming in the first and the other coming in the third inning. That gives him six homers on the year, and half of them have come against the Astros. The win means that Houston, the defending AL champs, was able to stop a four-game losing skid.
Elsewhere, both the New York Yankees and the Miami Marlins were able to continue their strong winning streaks. The Bronx Bombers got an eighth straight win by taking down the Royals in Kansas City by a 3-0 score. Gerrit Cole went six solid innings on the mound while their hitters scratched across three runs by utilizing a rare small-ball approach. That gives them a comfy lead this early in the season, and they will hope to ride that sort of momentum in order to lap the field before the dog days of summer are upon us. The Marlins also were able to get another win, their seventh consecutive, by brushing aside the Seattle Mariners 3-1 at home. Jesus Lozardo was fantastic on the mound, allowing just one run and two hits in six frames while the offense finally broke out in a three-run fifth to turn the game on its head and ultimately help them record another ‘W.’ And the fact that they did it with a nearly 80% full stadium means this is a team that truly could be on the up this year and could just be a surprise contender in the jam-packed NL East.