What’s there to say about this one. Last night’s outing against the Nationals will go down as one of the three to five worst home losses in the history of the franchise.
The carnage of last night’s game began with the first batter. Trea Turner led off the game with a 443-foot bomb to give the Nationals a quick 1-0 lead. Washington continued to pile on against emergency starter Riley Smith, posting a six-spot in the opening frame. Things only went downhill from there. The one “highlight” of the night might be that David Peralta made his MLB pitching debut. As many already know, David Peralta originally came up as a pitcher in the Cardinals’ organization before an arm injury permanently ended that career path. With Arizona’s go-to position player pitcher, Asdrúbal Cabrera, having been placed on the IL earlier in the day, Torey Lovullo needed another arm to do some mop-up work in an effort to spare the bullpen from being over-extended. While Peralta’s outing was not a good one, it was still fun to see him having fun.
While Arizona pitchers were serving up batting practice for Washington hitters, Max Scherzer went and did his Max Scherzer thing, continuing his dominance against the team that drafted him.
Diamondbacks Hoping Young Bullpen Grows Into Success (The Athletic)
Arizona’s bullpen is a young and inexperienced one. Only Joakim Soria and Chris Devenski possess more than two years of experience. For the most part, the bullpen has arms still not entirely accustomed to full-season ball. The results have been predictably rocky, sometimes dominant, sometimes a dumpster fire. Arizona hopes that this turns into something of a baptism by fire, hard lessons learned that will mold the young bullpen with loads of raw talent and many years of control, transforming it from a team weakness into a team strength.
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The Seattle Mariners finally gave in and started Jarred Kelenic’s service clock. Friday night marked the big league debut of one of baseball’s most anticipated prospects. Kelenic did not disappoint, launching a no-doubter of a home run for his first Major League hit.
Two teams expected to vie for deep runs into the playoffs are watching as their rosters are decimated by trips to the COVID IL. The San Diego Padres and New York Yankees can do little but stand by and watch as players and coaches continue to test positive for the virus, some of them despite having had the vaccine. Or, in the case of Gleyber Torres, despite having contracted the virus last year and having been fully vaccinated. With teams now reaching the threshold of 85% vaccinated, games are no longer being postponed or cancelled, forcing these two clubs to adapt to changing circumstances on the fly. For the second season in a row, the results of the season threaten to be determined as much by COVID as they are by player performances.
Five New Homes for the Athletics (ESPN+)
With the prospect of the Athletics leaving Oakland looming larger than ever, ESPN looks at the pros and cons of five of the best fits for the team in terms of finding a new home; Las Vegas, Portland, Charlotte, Nashville, and Austin.
Sho-time in Boston
Shohei Ohtani continued to make the argument for being the most exciting player in the sport when he hit his first-ever home run in Boston on Friday night. This one, was on a pitch down and away which he managed to go out and get. There was enough “get” in that swing to deposit it opposite field - over the Green Monster.