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It was a busy Monday in baseball that saw fourteen games. It started early with the Mets beating the Phillies behind a solid performance from Jacob deGrom. The Pirates, Red Sox, Royals, Brewers, and Rockies were all winners before the late games got under way. The Royals with their win remain the only undefeated team in baseball and are really an early season surprise.
As for the later games, the Yankess beat the Orioles in Camden Yards and the Jays fell to the Rays at home. Some games are still going on– including the Reds and Cubs who are locked at six going into the tenth and the Braves, Angels, Athletics, Diamondbacks, and Marines all currently leading their respective games. With that, let’s take a look at some things that stood out today in baseball today.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
As I stated earlier, the Kanas City Royals remain the only undefeated team in baseball. The Royals were down early after one inning thanks to a Kenny Vargas single that scored Brian Dozier, but regained the lead in the top of the second a never looked back. Five different KC players had two hits—including a solo bomb from Kendrys Morales. The Royals were definitely the team to stack in the early slate, and if you did, you probably cashed easily.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Jacob deGrom was solid for the Mets today in a 2-0 win over the Phillies. The 26-year-old pitched 6 2/3 of scoreless ball, allowing seven hits and striking out three. It wasn’t a complete domination on deGrom’s part, but he picked up the win and improves his record to 1-1 on the season.
The Colorado Rockies continued their hot start with a 2-0 win over the Giants in San Francisco. There’s no secret that the Rockies have a great hitting team—lead by their All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, but it was their pitching staff that came up big—limiting San Francisco to five hits on the day. Rafael Betancourt picked up his first save as the teams new closer replacing LaTroy Hawkins.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
The Washington Nationals continued their early season struggles by losing to the Red Sox 9-4. It was an especially difficult day for Jordan Zimmermann—who lasted just 2 1/3 innings giving up eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and striking out none. It’s still early in the season, but the Nationals are considered favorites to win the World Series this year, and so far they don’t look like a playoff team.
The Blue Jays were playing their home opener tonight against a very average Tampa Bay Rays team and managed to score only one run on the night. Jake Odorizzi was lights out—pitching 8 innings of two hit ball and striking out three. It was expected by many (including myself) that the big Toronto bats would be able to get to Odorizzi and score a bunch of runs, but that didn’t happen—as their middle hitters (Bautista, Encarnacion, Donaldson) went 0-8 on the night. Russell Martin continued to struggle at the plate going 0-3 and bringing his batting average down to a terrible .053 this season.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Jeurys Familia (Converted)
- Fancisco Rodriguez (Converted)
- Rafael Betancourt (Converted)
- Andrew Miller (Converted)
- Brad Bocberger (Converted)
Rafael Betancourt named Rockies new closer.
- Kole Calhoun—day-to-day—(calf)
- Brandon Workman—15-Day DL—(elbow)
- Mike Olt—day-to-day—(wrist)
- Billy Hamilton—day-to-day—(finger)
- Jeff Mathis—15-Day DL—(finger)
- Don Kelly—15-Day DL—(finger)
- Aaron Crow—60 Day DL—(elbow)
- Henderson Alvarez—15 Day DL—(shoulder)
- Alex Rios—day-to-day—(hand)
- Brett Gardner—day-to-day—(wrist)
- Tom Wilhelmsen—15-Day DL—(elbow)