With a pink bat, no less. This fuckin' guy. Just the second Zaun Head for Jose, despite being the best offensive player in the league to this point.. Maybe if I started blogging sooner.
And that was actually pretty much it, huh? Jojo Reyes probably extended his career by another start or two, by virtue of not getting crushed. He actually looked alright from what I saw, making it through 7 innings. Aaron Hill came back too, managing a hit. But hey, guess who pitches tonight? Brandon Morrow. So it's not all fucking bad. Max Scherzer goes for the Tigers.
Let's have a look around the league, shall we?
Andre Ethier's hit streak ended at 30 the other day. He answered that by hitting a homerun yesterday, beginning a one-game hit streak.
Anibal Sanchez brought a no-hitter in to the 7th inning. Again. He had one broken up in the 9th inning two weeks ago, not to mention the no-hitter he threw 2 years ago.
Derek Jeter took a break from sucking and hit 2 HR's yesterday. He had gone 259 consecutive at-bats without a homerun entering the game, but then again, all 140 pounds of me could hit a ball out of that ballpark. Texas actually jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead after the 2nd inning, but the yanks answered with 2 runs in the 5th, 2 more in the 7th, and 6 in the 8th, powered by homeruns by Francisco Cervelli, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira. That Grandy homerun was his 11th, tying him with Alfonso Soriano for the most in the majors, one more than Jose Bautista. Not fair though, Jose missed 3 games and doesn't get pitched to.
Johnny Cueto made his season debut for Cincinnati, pitching 6 scoreless innings. Ryan Dempster pitched for the Cubs, only allowing 2 runs, instead of the 14 that he's been averaging over his last few starts. Personal mancrush of mine, Drew Stubbs homered, and probably played good defense too.
Jair Jurrjens continued to pitch really well for Atlanta. Atlanta's whole pitching staff has been super nasty so far, especially Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters. Fangraphs' writer Dave Cameron on twitter (@d_a_cameron):
All 5 members of the Braves rotation have a FIP under 3.00. Only 11 other NL starters can say the same.That's pretty badass. Just get that offense going and you have a real threat there. I took a lot of shit for predicting the Braves to beat the Phillies and win the NL East. Well to this point, the Braves are 2 games behind that Phils, and have pitched better. Come on fellas!
The Mariners called up modestly touted prospect Mike Wilson, not to be confused with that squirrelly guy of the same name that I shared an apartment with this past semester. He was off to a huge start in AAA Tacoma, with a .381/.429/.683 slash line. He'll start tonight for Seattle. Ryan Langerhans was DFA'ed to make room for Wilson on the 40-man roster. The Mariners now have 10 days to trade, release, or waive Langerhans. If nobody claims Langerhans (yeah, as if), he can either accept the assignment and move to AAA, or become a free agent.
*Update* The Mariners also DFA'ed Milton Bradley this afternoon. He is still owed $9MM, and the M's will be on the hook for that assuming nobody takes his contract when he hits waivers.
Jays and Tigers starts at 7ET tonight.