We’ve got a busy night on the diamond with only one day game (at Wrigley) as another MLB weekend gets underway. Braves vs. Mets and Padres vs. Dodgers are the big highlights, but we’ve got 14 games to consider on the card.
Brewers/Pirates: Another day, another loss to the Pirates for Milwaukee. This time it was a 5-4 defeat in 10 innings after the Brewers scored the go-ahead run in the top half of the inning. It was newcomer Matt Bush who surrendered the second straight walk-off run. The Brewers are not playing well right now. I still think they’re the team to beat in the Central, but getting swept by the Pirates is a bad, bad look. We’ll see if they fare any better against the Reds.
Dodgers/Giants: The Giants are 6.5 games out in the Wild Card after getting swept by the Dodgers. I’m not going to say that their season is over, but it sure looks that way. What a remarkable fall from last season’s team. The Giants aren’t even halfway to last year’s 107-win total and it’s almost the second week of August. They’re 3-12 since the All-Star Break and have scored just 44 runs in 15 games.
Rockies/Padres: This felt like a good spot to go against the Padres, but I didn’t have the stones to do it. The hype of the trade settled down a little. Joe Musgrove made his first start after signing an extension. The huge series with the Dodgers loomed. Colorado won 7-3, paced by a home run robbery in the second. Now we’ll see how the Padres stack up with the Dodgers.
Nationals/Phillies: Noah Syndergaard’s first start was not very good for the Phillies, as he allowed four runs on 11 hits in five innings, but the Phillies won 5-4 in the rain-shortened affair. Syndergaard got credit for a complete game. He allowed six hard-hit balls, but only had two strikeouts and found out what life is like with the Phillies’ defense behind him.
The best thing for the Phillies was that Bryce Harper started taking some dry swings and looks to be on track for a September return. That would be a huge boost. Given how the Giants have fallen off the face of the earth, a Phillies to make the playoffs bet is now out to -205.
Braves/Mets: The Mets drew first blood in this series with a 6-4 win. Carlos Carrasco gave up three runs on four hits over six innings, but did have 17 whiffs to go with his six strikeouts. I love that Buck Showalter used Edwin Diaz for two innings to make sure and secure this win. More managers need to think like that.
Kyle Wright gave up four homers and only had seven whiffs on 42 swings. It wasn’t a sharp start for him, which could be why the Braves have adopted a six-man rotation. It should help those guys stay fresh.
Cubs/Cardinals: David Ross asked a bit too much of Marcus Stroman, as he gave up three runs in the seventh and squandered the 3-0 lead he was given in Game 1 before the Cardinals walked it off against some guy named Erich Uelmen. Both starters pitched around a ton of hard contact in that one.
Game 2 featured a gem from Jose Quintana with a solo homer allowed over six innings and seven strikeouts. The Cardinals look invigorated and the Brewers still look distraught over the Josh Hader trade. Like I said, I’m still fairly bullish on Milwaukee, but it’s ahrd to argue with St. Louis’s recent play and their pieces. That bullpen is now very solid by cutting some of the dead weight in middle relief.