Monday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports weekend……..

— If the baseball playoffs started today (they do not) these would be the playoff teams:
AL East: Bronx, Baltimore
AL Central: Minnesota, Chicago
AL West: Houston, Oakland
AL Wild Cards: Cleveland, Detroit

NL East: Atlanta, Miami (yeah, they’re 2-1)
NL Central: Chicago, Milwaukee
NL West: Colorado, Los Angeles
NL Wild Cards: San Diego, San Francisco

Statistical leaders after 10 days:
— OPS (minimum 15 AB’s)
1.176- Teoscar Hernandez, Tor
1.119- Corey Seager, LA
.923- Leury Garcia, CWS
.922- Tim Anderson, CWS
.905- Starlin Castro, Wash

— Home runs:
6- Aaron Judge, NYY
5- Colin Moran, Pitt
4- Nicholas Castellanos, Cin
Christian Vazquez, Bos
Trevor Story, Colo
Teoscar Hernandez, Tor

— RBI’s:
14- Aaron Judge, NYY
13- Donovan Solano, SF
12- Nelson Cruz, Minn
11- Dansby Swanson, Atl
Nicholas Castellanos, Cin
10- Kyle Seager, Sea

— Runs scored:
10- JP Crawford, Sea
Mike Yastrzemski, SF
Trent Grisham, SD
9- Freddie Freeman, Atl
Trevor Story, Colo
Renato Nunez, Balt
Dansby Swanson, Atl

— Pitching strikeouts:
27- Shane Bieber, Clev
21- Max Scherzer, Wash
20- Trevor Bauer, Cin
Sonny Gray, Cin
19- Tyler Chatwood, Cubs
18- Aaron Civale, Clev

Elsewhere in the world……..
7) Sunday’s Dodger-Arizona game was the first game this season with no walks; there were only five of those games all of last season.

6) Jacksonville put QB Gardner Minshew on the COVID list, the 2nd starting QB (Matthew Stafford) to go on that list.

5) Yoenis Cespedes opted out of the Mets’ season Sunday, but didn’t bother to tell anyone until midway thru the Mets’ game in Atlanta Sunday. What he does is his business, but how he did it leaves a little to be desired. He is a free agent this winter; this ain’t going to help him any.

4) Let the record show that the Cincinnati Reds swept Detroit in the first regularly scheduled 7-inning doubleheader of this century.

Detroit reliever Tyler Alexander struck out nine batters in a row in the opener, tying an AL record.

3) Saturday night, Mets’ TV analyst Keith Hernandez said he didn’t know what a “PB&J” is, which raised a lot of eyebrows on Twitter. How do you not know what a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is? Hernandez is a good analyst when he pays attention, but he often gets bored during games. He is way better in a 3-man booth, with Ron Darling as the other analyst.

2) Going forward, how will teams in any sport judge this season? Will teams give a guy who has a bad year a mulligan, or if a guy comes out of nowhere and is excellent, are teams a little more skeptical than usual? Teams are going to take different approaches, for sure.

1) A big question for the rest of baseball season; as teams fall out of contention, will the good players on bad teams finish their season? 

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.