The Mid-Week Stretch

We are back in the swing of things in the MLB, teams are on to their second series, opening day starting pitchers are getting the second starts of the season, and we are starting to see bullpen strategies taking form.

Brewers

One of the top stories of this week so far is my Milwaukee Brewers, after a disappointing home opener on Monday, magic happened on Tuesday. The Brewers were down 4-0 early but clawed their way back to be down one run in the eighth. After Dan Jennings went 1, 2, 3 in the top of the 9th to keep it a one-run game, Sogard pinch hit for Jennings and flew out to center field…one out. The red-hot Lorenzo Cain was up second, and he struck out… two outs. Then came the newly minted Mr. Milwaukee, the big addition of the offseason, the highly coveted Christian Yelich and following him was Captain Clutch, one of the greatest Brewers of all time, Ryan Braun. This is where the magic happened, take a look.

 

Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks

Early this season extra-inning games seem to be happening quite frequently. The Cubs and Marlins went 17 innings on Friday and Pittsburg and Detroit went 13 innings on Friday as well.  The Dodgers and Diamondbacks experienced their own marathon game with a 15 inning battle. The Dodgers were up 6-3 in the 9th innings with their all-star closer Kenley Jansen in the game. After retiring the first two batters of the inning, Jensen walked Pollock and Goldschmidt and surrendered a game-tying three-run home run to Chris Owings. After six extra innings, the Diamondbacks hit a walk-off single to win 8-7. Jensen started this season ice cold giving up four earned runs in two innings of work with two home runs and two walks. After averaging 93.3 MPH last season, his fastball is down to 90mph to start his season. The Dodgers and fantasy baseball owners need to be worried about Kenley.

Shohei Ohtani

The most talked about international free agent since Yoan Moncada has not disappointed so far this season, both at the plate and on the mound. He made his MLB debut on the mound on Sunday against the Athletics pitching six solid innings with six strikeouts. He allowed three earned runs on a three-run home run to Matt Olson. Ohtani’s fastball was in the upper 90s consistently averaging 97.8 with 100 mph thrown in there. I was most impressed with his absolutely filthy split-finger fastball. He threw his split-finger fastball 26% of the time at an average of 89.2 mph.

Ohtani’s first at-bat in Anaheim brought his first career MLB home run with a three-run shot in the bottom of the first. After his home run, he got, the always fun to watch, silent treatment from his teammates. Even more impressively, today 4/4/18, Ohtani hit his second career home run. A two-run shot against perennial CY-Young candidate Corey Kluber. Check out his first home run below!

 

Giancarlo Stanton

Formerly known as Mike Stanton, Giancarlo had an absolutely brutal day at the plate in his long-awaited Yankee Stadium debut. He achieved something very rare you almost never hear of it, the platinum sombrero. The platinum sombrero is so rare I had to google what five strikeouts were because I had never actually heard of it before. Stanton went 0-5 at the plate with five strikeouts and a whole lot of boos from the Yankee fans Tuesday.

Who’s Hot

  • Bryce Harper and Charlie Blackmon remain red hot at the plate, both with four home runs this season.
  • Jose Altuve is batting .414 in his first 29 at-bats this season with 12 hits, and two doubles.
  • Xander Bogaerts is hitting .357 with five doubles and one home run in 28 at-bats.
  • Dylan Bundy has made two excellent starts for the Orioles, with 13 innings pitched, 15 strikeouts, 0.69 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP
  • Patrick Corbin has also been dominating his first two starts this season, in 13 innings he is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts.

Current Standings

  • AL East
    • Boston 5-1
    • New York 4-2
    • Toronto 4-2
    • Baltimore 1-5
    • Tampa Bay 1-5
  • AL Central
    • Chicago 2-2
    • Minnesota 2-2
    • Cleveland 2-3
    • Kansas City 1-3
    • Detroit 1-4
  • AL West
    • Houston 6-1
    • Seattle 3-1
    • Los Angeles 4-2
    • Oakland 2-4
    • Texas 2-4
  • NL East
    • New York 4-1
    • Atlanta 4-2
    • Washington 4-2
    • Miami 2-4
    • Philadelphia 1-4
  • NL Central
    • Pittsburg 4-0
    • Milwaukee 4-1
    • Chicago 2-3
    • St. Louis 2-3
    • Cinncinati 1-3
  • NL West
    • Arizona 5-1
    • Colorado 2-3
    • San Fransico 2-3
    • Los Angeles 2-5
    • San Diego 1-4

 

 

*Feature Image taken from Giancarlo Stanton Wikipedia page, originally posted by Arturo Pardavila on Flickr.

 

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