13) First domino of the baseball trade deadline season fell Thursday, with Minnesota dealing DH Nelson Cruz to Tampa Bay, for a couple of AAA pitching prospects.
At age 41, Cruz has 19 homers, 50 RBI and a .370 on-base %age. He should be a big help.
12) Cruz hit 216 home runs before his 35th birthday; he’s hit 220 homers since that birthday, which is 3rd all-time.
11) Tampa Bay/Texas are allowing the worst OPS to opposing #9 hitters; Tampa Bay is 58-39, would host the Wild Card game if it were played today. Nothing they do is normal, but they do it very well.
10) Detroit Tigers are 7-0 since the All-Star break; they’ve won their last nine home games. AJ Hinch is a damn good manager; he won the World Series in Houston, but may be doing his best work in Detroit right now.
9) Giants 5, Dodgers 3:
— Giants roughed up Kenley Jansen for 4 runs in 9th inning, after a replay reversal kept the game going.
— San Francisco leads the Dodgers by 3 games, San Diego by 5.5 in the NL West.
8) Boston 5, New York 4 (10):
— Red Sox scored twice in 9th inning, twice in the 10th.
— Hunter Renfroe walked it off with a 10th inning sac fly.
— Kike Hernandez tied the game with a 9th inning double.
— New York reliever Brooks Kriske threw four wild pitches in 10th inning– the most by one pitcher in a single extra inning in MLB history.
7) If I was advising a young person who was looking to pursue a great career, I’d suggest they become an eye doctor. Being a beer distributor would also be good, but being an eye doctor must be very cool.
Over the last 20 months, I’ve spent too way much time in doctor’s offices getting pictures taken of my eye, which has had two operations. Those two surgeons saved the vision in my right eye; can’t imagine how great it must be to save someone’s vision.
Plus, I’m guessing eye doctors make a boatload of money.
6) Padres 3, Marlins 2:
— Blake Snell finished the 6th inning for only third time in 18 starts.
— Snell came into this game with a 9.08 ERA in ten road outings.
5) A’s 4, Seattle 1:
— Sean Manaea threw 7 great innings (107 PT) to win opener of an important series.
— Ramon Laureano knocked in two runs for the A’s.
4) Cardinals 3, Cubs 2:
— Chicago is 5-17 in its last 22 games; when do they resume dumping players?
— I mean, Kris Bryant is on my fantasy team; I’d rather he get traded now, so he gets a full week for his new team next week.
3) The Yermin Mercedes retirement story turned out to be a false alarm; he was in uniform for AAA Charlotte Thursday night, but didn’t play. Wouldn’t shock me if a contender that needed a bat off the bench traded for Mercedes in the next nine days.
2) Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp died Thursday; he passed away from injuries suffered when he was struck by a car while biking in California last week. Knapp had a 25-year coaching career and was known for working with QB’s, like Peyton Manning/Steve Young. RIP, sir.
1) If the baseball playoffs started today (they don’t):
NL— Mets, Brewers, Giants. Wild Card: San Diego @ Los Angeles
AL— Red Sox, White Sox, Astros. Wild Card: Oakland @ Tampa Bay