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

13) Tuesday-Saturday, Seattle Mariners started out 5-0 on their road trip, with Jesse Winker going 9-18 in those games, by far his best stretch in a very disappointing season. We’re not halfway thru the season; there is still time to Seattle to get into the Wild Card race, but July starts this week, so it isn’t that early.

Saturday night, Seattle relievers dusted Mike Trout a couple times, so Sunday, Angels threw a pitch behind the neck of Mariners’ star Julio Rodriguez. Words were exchanged between the two dugouts.

Then in the top of the 2nd, Angels drilled Winker on the hip, and tensions overflowed; when order was restored, 20 minutes later, six players and both managers were ejected, including Seattle’s best three players (Ty France was also out hurt).

Winker needed to take one for the team, shut his mouth and go to first base. The team was on a roll, but instead, chaos ensued and Seattle lost 2-1. It isn’t late in the season but it ain’t early anymore either- they’re seven games out of the last Wild Card slot. 

They need wins, not chaos.

12) Mark Appel pitched for Stanford for three years (2011-13); Astros drafted him with the first pick in the 2013 draft. Big things were expected.

2013— went 3-1, 3.79 in ten starts in Class A ball.
2014— went 3-7, 6.91 in 18 starts in Class A/AA ball.
2015— went 10-3, 4.37 in 25 starts in Class AA/AAA ball
2016— went 3-3, 4.46 in eight AAA starts.
2017— went 5-4, 5.27 in 17 AAA starts.

After the 2017 season, he announced that he was quitting baseball, saying he was at peace with the decision, but he made a comeback last year.

2021— went 3-6, 6.06 in 23 AA/AAA games (15 starts)
2022— he has allowed six runs in 28 IP, in 19 relief stints.

Now he’s in the major leagues for the first time, as the Phillies scramble to fortify their bullpen. Would be quite a story if Appel helped the Phillies make the playoffs this year. 

11) Bryce Harper’s broken thumb is very bad news for the Phillies; he couldn’t play the field this year because he can’t throw (elbow), but he’s hitting .318 with 49 RBI. His injury leaves a huge gap in their lineup.

JT Realmuto can DH when he isn’t catching, but he’s hitting only .237; they need more from him, more from Hoskins/Castellanos to remain a contender. 

10) Astros threw a combined no-hitter in the Bronx Saturday, beating New York 3-0. Cristian Javier tossed seven no-hit innings with 13 strikeouts, throwing 115 pitches.

Sunday, Jose Urquidy threw six more no-hit innings in the Bronx, but then Stanton/Lemahieu tied the game with homers and Judge walked it off with a 3-run blast in the 10th.

Astros split four games in the Big Apple, despite never trailing in any of the four games— both losses were on walkoffs.

9) Over the last two weeks, Giancarlo Stanton is 4-41; all four hits were home runs, as Stanton morphs into a modern day version of Dave Kingman, which isn’t what you expect for #2M a year.

8) Tampa Bay Rays are 10-1 against National League teams this season. 

7) San Francisco Giants are 39-33, half-game out of the Wild Card race; they’ve already used nine different leadoff hitters in 72 games. Giants lost six of their last eight games; will they make any moves over the next month to enhance their roster? Trade deadline is August 2. 

6) San Diego Padres are 45-30, only two games out of first place in NL West, but they’re 0-7 in Blake Snell’s starts, which isn’t good for a guy making $13M a year.

In 2018, Snell went 21-5, 1.89 in 31 starts; since then, he is 17-21, 4.40 in 68 starts. Pitching is a scare commodity these days; the Padres need more out of Snell. 

USFL semi-finals:
Philadelphia 19, New Jersey 14
— Both teams scored punt return TD’s in the 4th quarter.
— Stars outgained New Jersey 286-285; they outgained them in all three meetings, but this is the only meeting they won.
— Generals had their nine-game win streak snapped. 

Birmingham 31, New Orleans 17:
— With game tied 14-all, Stallions ran a kick back 90 yards for aa TD.
— Breakers outgained Birmingham 389-289, but were minus-2 in turnovers.
— Stallions have outscored opponents 143-79 in 2nd half this year.

Stallions-Stars play for the USFL title Sunday night in Canton.

3) Washington Wizards are expected to re-sign Bradley Beal to a 5-year deal worth a projected $248M that would take him through age 33. Wizards have had four losing seasons in a row; since 1984, they’re 4-11 in first round playoff series. 

2) Ole Miss 4, Oklahoma 2— Rebels sweep the finals 2-0, win the college baseball national title, not bad for a team that was the last one to get in the tournament- on May 1, they were 7-14 in SEC games.

Since 2009, 8 of 13 national champs have been SEC teams.

1) Colorado 2, Tampa Bay 1:
— Avalanche win Stanley Cup for first time since 2001.
— Colorado outshot the Lightning, 30-23.
— Big year for Avalanche owner Stan Kroenke, who also owns the Super Bowl champion Rams.

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.