Happy Easter to my fellow MLB deprived stat lovers.
Leading off we have Baltimore topping off the Pirates 2-1. Alex Cobb goes 7 2/3 giving up just a solo shot to Kevin Newman before getting pulled.
The Royals batter the Blue Jays 10-5. Ryan O’Hearn gets the star of the day going 3 for 5 with a home run and 5 RBI.
The Angels score 3 runs in the 9th to take this one 7-5 over the Tigers. Andrelton Simmons goes 4 for 5 while hitting his first long ball of the year.
Cleveland waited until the 15th inning to unleash a 5 run barrage to end Tampa’s chances. 6-3 was the final in this one. With two outs in the bottom of the 15th, Carlos Santana said you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here as he hits a 3-run blast to end it.
The White Sox blank the Twins 4-0. Yoan Moncada hitting his 5th home run while Reynaldo Lopez pitches 8 innings of 4 hit ball. The White Sox make it official that their big free agent acquisition, Yasmani Grandal will miss the next two months with a torn ankle ligament. They call up highly touted rookie Luis Robert while they have the extra roster spot available.
In the first inning of the Rangers/Astros game, Danny Santana ties the Major League home run lead with his 7th as Texas takes this one 8-6.
Jesus Luzardo picks up his first Major League victory doing his part in the A’s win over the Yankees. Luzardo goes 6 2/3 striking out 8.
The Red Sox do it again! This time with a 7-3 win over Seattle. Devers with a 2 for 4 day and JD Martinez with his 5th jack.
The Braves tell the Marlins to piss off 5-2. Ozzie Albies showing off his stardom this year and now hitting .348. Max Fried goes 6 and gives up just 1 to even his record at 2 and 2.
Rhys Hoskins has a message for Cody Bellinger hitting not 1 but 2 home runs in the Phillies victory over Cincinnati 9-7 to give him sole possession of the top spot in the home run race with his 7th and 8th. How long will it last?
The Mets take down the Brewers by a score of 6-1. Jake deGrom going 7 and striking out 8.
For the second time in 3 days both Arenado and Dahl go deep as the Rockies tell Arizona to go home 5-2. Antonio Senzatela moves to 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA.
The Giants take the bats to San Diego 10-4. Brandon Crawford goes 3 for 4 with his first round tripper of the year.
Cody Bellinger tells Rhys Hoskins that his reign as home run leader is now a joint leadership as he too cranks out his 8th of the season. The Dodgers trounce the Nat’s 16-4. Mookie Betts and Joc Peterson add their own deep shots in this one.
Yadi Molina takes the line of the day crown going 4 for 5 with his first home run and 5 RBI as the Cardinals keep the Cubs at bay 10-6.
For those of you on the edge of your seat wondering if there was a golden sombrero today, there were two, but they each went 1-5 so I do not recognize such inconsistencies. Some people just can’t commit.
A little league roundup below:
The Red Sox remain on top the the AL East over the Rays by 1.5 games;
The Indians have just a half game lead on the Royals in the Central;
While the Angels retain a 2 game lead of the A’s.
Over in the Senior Circuit the Phillies carry a half game lead on the Nat’s;
St Louis owns the largest lead in all of baseball keeping 3 games of separation with the Pirates; and
Over in the West, the Dodgers have a 2.5 game cushion over the Rockies.
No surprise that Evan Longoria is the National League player of the week. For the week, Longoria hit .480 while hitting his milestone 300th career home run.
Danny Santana hit a cool .500 for the week as he picked up the American League honor. He also managed to squeeze in 4 HR and 7 RBI.
Todd Frazier is surprisingly the batting average leader hitting .462 through the first 16 games;
Home run leader has been documented earlier, while Bellinger is also co-leader in RBI at 19 with Gleybar Torres;
4-way lead in the runs department with Benintendi, Hunter Dozier, Manuel Margot and Mike Trout all at the number 15;
Adalberto Mondesi speeds his way into the stolen base lead with 12.
In the pitching department, Lance McCullers leads in ERA at 0.52;
E-Rod sits pretty with 4 wins;
Zach Davies carries a 0.78 WHIP;
Robbie Ray tops the strikeout chart with 34; and
finally Will Harris & Brad Hand both closed out 6 games.
Another week in the books. When will we have REAL baseball?? Will it be in Arizona? Will teams play doubleheaders? Will games be shorter? How many games will there be? Roster size? What happens during an injury if there are no minor leaguers? I have far too many questions. I need some answers and I need them soon!
Now…where’s the ham?