Jackie Bradley Jr. Casually Making Home Run Saving Catches Continues To Be My Favorite Thing #RedSox
If you need me today, I’ll be watching that video on a continuous loop. Jackie Bradley Jr. is basically a human highlight reel at this point, and the only thing more impressive than his catches are the time of the game when he makes them. When he robbed a homerun in Oakland earlier this year, it was in the bottom of the 9th of a 0-0 game. Last night’s catch might’ve been more impressive, and it happened with a runner on in the top of 8th with the Red Sox clinging to a 3-0 lead. If he doesn’t make that catch it’s 3-2, and it’s a totally different ballgame. Unreal stuff. If I’m a pitcher on the Red Sox and I can turn around and see #19 is behind me, I know something special might be happening at some point.
Going into last night’s game, Scooter Gennett had 3 home runs and 20 RBI’s on the season. After last night’s game, he has 7 home runs and 30 RBI’s. That’s what you call a nice night at the ballpark. Gennett became only the 17th player in MLB history to hit 4 homers in a game, and only the second player to hit four homers including a grand slam. While this was certainly an impressive feat, my favorite fact about Gennett came later in the night on Twitter:
Four home runs in a game is rare, but going through life with the nickname Scooter to avoid a childhood arrest is on another level. Scooter Gennett might be my new favorite baseball player.
— Don Orsillo (@DonOrsillo) June 5, 2017
Ever since Don Orsillo was let go before the beginning of last year, something has been missing from Red Sox broadcasts. Dave O’Brien is a good announcer and does a serviceable job, but the back and forth between Don and Jerry Remy or Don and Dennis Eckersley was an event in itself. He was also a fantastic play by play announcer who had a knack for showing the perfect amount of emotion in big moments, something that every hometown play by play guy should be able to bring out from time to time. While we won’t get Don and Jerry or Don and Eck, at least we’ll get Don in some capacity for what is hopefully a great game. Houston is the best team in baseball right now and the Red Sox are finally starting to get hot, so maybe Don will get to call a couple Red Sox home runs for old times sake.
Video on social media showed Mr. Met walking down a tunnel at the ballpark, turning around and giving the middle finger to the fans. It was unclear what, if anything, the fans said to the mascot before he made the gesture. – ESPN
Poor Mr. Met. The Mets are not great this year, dropping to 23-28 after last night’s loss. The only thing worse than being a mascot is being a mascot for a shitty team, and Mr. Met finally had enough last night. I have to imagine that Mr. Met has done this countless times over the years when fans got a little too aggressive, but rule number one of existing in today’s society is to remember that EVERYONE has a camera phone. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was video of this two second incident from every angle imaginable. Left, right, center; there’s probably a bird’s eye view from someone 100 yards away. Mr. Met really should’ve just stuck up his middle of the three fingers he has instead of doing the entire gesture. That way you can get away with the excuse that you were just saying hi.
P.S. Now that Mr. Met is in the spotlight, how long until we get an article complaining that there’s no Ms. Met? I’m going to say 3 hours.
Batters when they see Kimbrel warming up
The Red Sox have been inconsistent at best this season, but when they’ve played good baseball (like their current 4 game win streak) they’ve usually included high doses of Craig Kimbrel. Here are his stats at a glance:
20 games/20.2 innings pitched 2-0 record 12 saves 6 hits 2 earned runs 2 walks 40 strikeouts 0.87ERA
That 40/2 strikeout to walk ratio is OK I guess, and the 40 K’s in 20.2 innings equals a ridiculous 17.42 K’s per 9 innings. He struck out 4 guys in an inning of work last night! The deeper you dig into Kimbrel’s stats, the more impressive they become. Right handed batters are 0-38 against Kimbrel on the season. A quick Twitter search of Kimbrel’s name reveals some truly amazing recent stats as well:
Craig Kimbrel has struck out 40 of 72 this season, 20 of the last 30. Has retired 32 of the last 34 batters he has faced. 0.87 ERA.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) May 26, 2017
Over his last 8 appearances, Craig Kimbrel has faced 27 batters and struck out 19 of them. That’s 70.4%. The man is a sicko.
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) May 26, 2017
With John Farrell finally switching up the lineup, the dominance of Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel and the hopeful reemergence of David Price, this could be a really fun summer for Red Sox fans.
If you don’t feel like watching the video, I can sum up Machado’s interview in a GIF:
Look, I’m a Red Sox fan so I’m obviously going to side with them in this situation, but Machado just comes off as a whiner, especially when you look at the big picture. Manny Machado slid late and injured Dustin Pedroia a few weeks ago. I won’t call it a dirty play because that implies that Machado was trying to hurt Pedroia intentionally and I don’t think that was the case. Pedroia did end up getting hurt and missing some games though, and Pedroia is the longest tenured Red Sox on the roster. The unwritten rules of baseball state that if you injure one of my guys, intentionally or not, I’m going to throw some heat at you. While I don’t like that Matt Barnes threw at Machado’s head, I do agree that he should’ve been thrown at. The Orioles felt compelled to respond and over the last two games have thrown at Andrew Benetendi’s head and hit Mookie Betts in the thigh. The Betts pitch was inarguably intentional and while some say the Benetendi pitch was an accident, it was still a fastball up near the head.
If I’m Manny Machado, I’m expecting something coming at me very fast, and that’s exactly what Chris Sale did last night. For Machado to react the way he did in the post game interview is childish, and if he wasn’t expecting to be thrown at again then he needs to wake the hell up. If he really wants to place the blame somewhere for the ‘rivalry’ between the Sox and O’s, maybe he should have a talk with his manager who has consistently whined about the Red Sox for the past 6 years. If it’s not the Red Sox high salary (which is a laughable argument, considering the O’s have a salary north of $150 million) it’s that the Sox get too much sympathy for player’s who were battling the flu. Showalter is an instigator, and whether he does it because he actually hates the Red Sox or because of his own glaring shortcomings as a Major League manager is besides the point. Baseball is a reactionary sport, and if Manny Machado doesn’t want to get thrown at anymore, he should sit his ass on the bench, because the Sox aren’t going to stop coming for him.
With only 12 days until Opening Day, it’s officially the hottest time of the year for Fantasy Baseball drafts. Here are five players (plus a sleeper) you should target.
Round 1: 0F Mookie Betts, BOS: .318 AVG, 31 HR, 113 RBI, 26 SB, 122 Runs. Those were Mookie Betts’ stats last year, so the only question you should be asking yourself is: what’s not to love here? With Big Papi gone, Red Sox fans need a fresh face to turn to and Mookie Betts is the answer. He can contribute across the board in many formats. On pace to have another MVP type season, I believe Mookie will be the first overall pick in fantasy drafts this season. If you’re holding on to an early first round pick, do not let Mookie slide past you. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Round 2: 1B Anthony Rizzo, CHC: If you missed out on stud first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona) in the first round, then you’re in luck if you see this guy is still on the board. Rizzo may not get you many stolen bases, but that’s a common trait for first basemen. He’ll make it for up with solid production in the Runs, HR’s and RBI categories. I feel like the Cubs will come out hot this season with Rizzo and Kris Bryant as their conductors. Draft him!
Round 3: 0F/2B Trea Turner, WSN: OK, time to breathe; you made it through the first few rounds of the draft. Congrats! Next up on my list is Trea Turner, nullity man extraordinaire for the Nationals, and I’m targeting him early to mid third round. If you’re a Nationals fan, you already know why I’m excited about this guy. Playing in only 73 games in the 2016 season, Turner’s batting average was a blistering .342. He was also a menace on the base-paths, stealing 33 bases. Heading into the 2017 season healthy, he’ll get to show what he’s capable of from the get go. Some experts are labeling Turner a bust because they don’t think he can sustain his production over a full season, but I view him as someone only scratching the surface of his potential. Enjoy the ride if you’re able to grab Trea in the third round or sooner.
Round 4: SS Corey Seager, LAD: If you still haven’t drafted a shortstop by this point in the draft, I think it’s wise to take a look at Corey Seager. Currently projected to hit second in the Dodgers lineup, Seager led all National League shortstops with 26 home runs in 2016. He will be a consistent player in each category for your team except steals, although he was a perfect 3 for 3 last year. Corey hasn’t played much since March 4th with a strained oblique, but the most recent reports are that he’s “pain free” and does not expect to miss Opening Day.
Round 5: 3B Kyle Seager, SEA: What can I say, I like the Seager brothers this year! Corey’s brother Kyle had a great 2016 campaign with 89 Runs, 30 HR’s and 99 RBI’s. I feel like those stats won’t change much this season. He’s what you want in a hitter and will help your team each and every week. Pick him with confidence and a smile on your face.
Draft Day Sleeper: 3B/OF Miguel Sano, MIN: He’s coming off a disappointing 2016 season, but that’s usually how sleepers work. If you’re looking for a Home Run specialist in the later rounds he has some great potential. He looks to hold down the 3B position, a spot he is more familiar with than the outfield. He’s projected to hit cleanup for the Twins, which hopefully translates to a lot of bats with runners on base.
Good luck drafting!
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) November 3, 2016
If you missed last night’s game 7, or really any game of this World Series, you missed out on history. History would’ve been made either way: Cleveland hadn’t won the Fall Classic since 1948, the Cubs since 1908, but I think deep down every baseball fan outside of Cleveland was rooting for the Cubbies. As we saw last night, the Cubs persevered, through Billy goat curse chants, multiple mental errors, bizarre managerial decisions and even an extra inning rain delay. They persevered through it all, and now they can call themselves champions. It was a win for baseball fans and the MLB in general, as the ratings for game 6 and game 7 were astronomical. The millions of people who watched those games watched baseball played the right way, with young and veteran stars alike trying to etch their name in the history books. They also watched two of the best managers in professional sports, Terry Francona and Joe Maddon, make chess move after chess move, hoping each decision would get them closer to a World Series trophy. Maddon won out (not without being second guessed, of course) and now he has the distinction of being the manager who broke the curse, the same thing Francona accomplished with the Red Sox in 2004. I’ll never know how important this was for Maddon or any of the Cub players, but as a Red Sox fan, I know how important this was to the fans. The Cubs are no longer cursed. The Cubs are no longer lovable losers. They are champions, and as a fan, especially a fan of baseball, which lasts from March-November if we’re lucky, it’s a wonderful feeling. Congratulations to Theo Epstein, Jon Lester & David Ross. Congratulations to the rest of the Cubs players and organization. Congratulations to the Chicago Cub fans. Lastly, thanks to everyone involved for an amazing World Series.