13) Mets 8, Phillies 7:
— Mets scored seven runs in top of 9th inning.
— Mets have a 5-game lead in the NL East.
— Phillies are 11-15 and struggling.
12) Clayton Kershaw was on with the Dodger TV guys during a game the other night, talking about this year’s baseball and how “it just doesn’t go as far” as baseballs have in the past. He is a pitcher and yet he didn’t seem happy about it.
It is unclear if the people who run MLB are on the same page about their sport:
— They want higher scoring games, to increase fan interest. Smart
— They deadened the baseball. (is deadened a word?)
— They want games to last under 3:00.
At least they approved the universal DH; no one wants to see pitchers hit.
They should’ve eliminated shifts this season; that will decrease the amount of players who just swing for the fences all the time. With no shifts next year, line drive hitters will have greater success than they’ve been having. There will be more balls put in play, better highlights to show.
11) White Sox-Red Sox are playing a nationally televised game Sunday morning at 11:30; game is on NBC/Peacock. Apparently this is a new idea for MLB to expand their audience.
10) Broncos-Jaguars Week 8 game from London will be televised on ESPN+, a bad omen for the future of sports on TV. ESPN+ is only $6 a month and if you like college sports it is well worth it, but I already buy the Sunday Ticket so I can see all the games. Lot of greed in the world today.
9) Red Sox 2B Trevor Story signed a 6-year deal with Boston for $23.3M a year, but he fired his agent a month later; did he really want to sign with the Rangers, who paid Corey Seager $32M a year? You fire your agent, you’re telling the world he/they did a bad job.
Story is from the Dallas area; it was assumed that he would sign with the Rangers.
8) Tuesday night, Rowdy Tellez knocked in eight runs for Milwaukee, most in Brewers’ history.
First player to knock in seven runs in a game for Milwaukee? Way back in 1970, it was utility infielder Ted Kubiak, who started his career with the A’s, bounced to Milwaukee, then found his way back to Oakland, where he played on three consecutive World Series champs, from 1972-74.
7) P Chris Flexen has started five games for Seattle; they scored zero or one run in four of those five games.
6) Ian Anderson has pitched five games for Atlanta; road team won all five.
5) Memphis Grizzlies F Dillon Brooks is suspended for Game 3 of the Memphis-Golden States. series; his flagrant foul broke Gary Payton II’s elbow in Game 2.
4) Texas Longhorns RB Bijan Robinson has an NIL deal with Lamborghini, as college athletes continue to cash in on the new NIL rules.
3) Padres 2, Marlins 1— Manny Machado knocked in both San Diego runs with a pair of solo homers. Miami has lost five in a row.
2) If you’re wagering on totals in USFL games, read this: starting this weekend, the USFL will use a running clock after incomplete passes during the first and third quarters. That means fewer plays will be run.
1) If the playoffs started today (they do not):
AL— New York, Twins, Angels. Wild Cards: Rays, Angels, Blue Jays
NL— Mets, Brewers, Dodgers. Wild Cards: Rockies, Cardinals, Padres