I noticed something interesting after all the games concluded last night. In both Eastern divisions, there was just one team under .500: the Boston Red Sox at 18-20. Compare that to the Central divisions, which have a total of three teams above .500, and the West, which have three above .500 and one at .500. The East has more teams above .500 than the Central and West combined. And hell, all of the teams have positive run differentials, with the exception of the Mets and the neutral Marlins. Yeah….these are the best divisions in baseball.
Game of the Night: Indians 6, Mariners 5 (11 innings). The Mariners jumped out to a 4-0 lead, getting all four runs in the middle innings off of Indians starter Zach McAllister, who was tiring. The Tribe got one off of Seattle starter Hector Noesi in the seventh, and tied it up after a three run homer by Jose Lopez in the eighth. The Mariners took the lead in the 11th on an RBI double by Michael Saunders, and brought in closer Brandon League to finish it off in the bottom of the inning. His inning went walk-wild pitch-strikeout-walk-RBI single-walk-RBI single, and that was the game.
Pitching Line of the Night: Brandon Beachy went the distance for the Braves, shutting out the Marlins on five hits and no walks, striking out six in the process. And that was pretty much it for great pitching on the evening.
Hitting Line of the Night: Mitch Moreland of the Rangers went 2/2 with three RBI and a walk in a losing effort for Texas. Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates went 2/4 with a pair of solo homers. Carlos Ruiz of the Phillies continued his hot start, going 4/5 with three RBI and a double. Boston’s Cody Ross went 2/3 with four RBI, a walk, and a homer. Cubs catcher Wellington Castillo went 2/4 with two runs, four RBI, a double, and a homer.
Spotlight Series: Writeup for this weekend coming later today…
Other Games: The Twins edged the Tigers 4-3 in a game that saw five homers hit. The Reds took an early lead on the Mets, but New York scored nine in a row to win 9-4. The A’s beat the Rangers 5-4 in ten innings. The Diamondbacks scored six in the final two innings to beat the Rockies 9-7. The Orioles continued their hot start with a 5-3 win over the Royals. Adam Wainwright’s disappointing year continues as the Cardinals fell to the Giants 7-5. Chris Sale shut down the Angels in a 6-1 White Sox win. James McDonald threw five no-hit innings in Pittsburgh’s 5-3 win over Washington. The Blue Jays beat the Yankees 4-1, and Jose Bautista is starting to heat up. The Braves shut out the Marlins 7-0. Felix Doubront and the Red Sox beat Matt Moore and the Rays 5-3. The Phillies withheld a late Cubs rally, and hung on to win 8-7. The Astros shut out the Brewers 5-0
Today’s Games: Lance Lynn looks to rebound for the Cardinals in the weekend’s lone NL series against the Dodgers. Carlos Zambrano goes for the Marlins in Cleveland. Justin Verlander starts for the Tigers against Pittsburgh. Daniel Bard and Cole Hamels is a solid looking matchup in Philly. Jake Arrieta and Edwin Jackson will duel in the Beltway Series. Neftali Feliz takes on Wandy Rodriguez in the battle of Texas. Tommy Hanson takes on James Shields in a battle of two of the best teams in baseball in Tampa Bay. Jered Weaver goes for the Angels in San Diego.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.