13) The Jaime Garcia Era in Minnesota was short and sweet; in fact, Garcia never stepped foot in Minnesota during the six-day long era— he won a game in Oakland Friday night, but was traded to the Bronx Sunday, less than a week after the Twins acquired him from Atlanta.
— Colorado acquired catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Rangers.
— Cubs are expected to add catcher Avila, lefty reliever Wilson from the Tigers today.
12) They played the Cubs-Brewers volume at the Westgate Sportsbook Sunday; good choice. Ernie Johnson doing a ballgame with Ron Darling is about as good as televised baseball gets.
Every game is on in the sportsbook, but only one has the volume turned up. Before the game in Milwaukee, they had the YES Network on with Michael Kay/Paul O’Neill— no thanks.
11) White Sox 3, Indians 1— Josh Tomlin didn’t allow a hit in the first four innings, but then his hamstring tightened up and he left the game. Matt Davidson had the walk-off hit for Chicago.
10) Cardinals 3, Arizona 2— Diamondbacks’ TV guy Bob Brenly doesn’t think DJ Reyburn is a good umpire; he said on the air Sunday, “This won’t be fixed until he retires,” meaning Arizona’s thinking that Reyburn is a terrible umpire who also may not like the Diamondback team.
9) Guy wearing a Dodger hat sitting by the first base dugout in San Diego Sunday had a t-shirt with “Arrogant Bastard” in big letters on the front. Alrighty then.
8) Still seems weird that the Dodgers haven’t been in a World Series since 1988. I do not want to talk about the ’88 World Series, but thats the last time LA has been in one.
7) If the Astros started the playoffs tomorrow, who would their #1 starter be?
Lance McCullers is 0-2, 10.61 in his last four starts; Dallas Keuchel threw 79 pitches in only three innings of work in his first start back from the DL. Very surprised they haven’t added a starting pitcher at the trade deadline.
6) Congrats to Adrian Beltre on his 3,000th hit, a double against the Orioles; Saturday, some goofball on TV listed his top 4 third basemen of all time and left Brooks Robinson off.
Um, no. Schmidt-Brett-Robinson would be my top three, then you can have a healthy debate on who #4 would be, with Beltre included.
5) Blue Jays 11, Angels 10— There is no clock in baseball; Angels led 10-4 after 8.5 innings, but then the Halos couldn’t even get an out in the bottom of the 9th, as Toronto scored seven runs. Steve Pearce hit his second walk-off grand slam in four days for Toronto.
4) Lucas Duda is 3-7 with two homers, four walks in his first three games for Tampa Bay.
3) LA Clippers’ forward Danilo Gallinari broke his thumb in a fight while playing in some international basketball game Sunday. He punched a guy and broke his own thumb— no bueno.
2) Very happy to see that Tim Raines got into the Hall of Fame Sunday; he was an underrated player because in his prime, and he was really great in his prime, he played for the Montreal Expos, an obscure team. When the ’94 Expos had a legit chance to win the World Series, the Series was cancelled by a work stoppage.
1) I’m thinking the Cubs benefitted from having only one guy in the All-Star Game; their position players could rest for four days, and they’ve gone 13-3 since the All-Star break.
I’m thinking back to 2014, when the A’s had seven guys in the All-Star Game and then they limped to the finish line, with a tired nucleus of older players.