Wednesday’s Den: Mid-week musings…….

13) MLB tweaked its schedule, put Marlins/Phillies on the sidelines for a few days, and inserted a Bronx-Baltimore series into this week’s slate.

As many as 15 Marlins have tested positive; the earliest they’ll play again is Monday.

12) Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes bought a small part of the Kansas City Royals this week; his father Pat Mahomes was a big league pitcher for 11 years, with six different teams.

11) Speaking of the Royals, they signed P Matt Harvey to a minor league deal. Since 2016, Harvey is 26-40 in the majors, after starting his career 25-18.

10) Dodgers 5, Astros 2— Tempers flared in Houston after LA reliever Joe Kelly threw a couple pitches over Astros’ heads. Both teams are 3-2 now.

9) Last year, the Dodgers allowed three or fewer runs 89 times, were 77-12 in those games; Houston held 87 opponents to three or fewer runs, went 76-11 in those games.

8) When the Brewers rallied to win in Pittsburgh Monday, after trailing 5-1 in 9th inning, it was the first time in 20 years they won a game when they trailed by 4+ runs in the 9th inning.

Last night, Milwaukee led 6-2 in 7th inning, but Pittsburgh rallied for an 8-6 win. Wins are going to be very hard to come by for everyone. Teams with deep pitching staffs are going to have a big advantage in this compressed schedule.

7) Mets 8, Red Sox 3— Boston lost its last four games, allowing 29 runs; they’re running out obscure pitchers who are getting drilled, and they haven’t been on the road yet.

6) Minnesota Vikings’ head trainer Eric Sugarman  tested positive for the coronavirus this week. Its going to be really, really difficult to have a football season, just so many people involved, so much physical contact.

5) White Sox manager Rick Renteria wasn’t at the ballpark Monday, when Chicago’s game got rained out in Cleveland, but he was deemed healthy and was in the dugout Tuesday, as the Pale Hose got swept by the Indians.

4) Texas P Corey Kluber tore a muscle in the back of his shoulder, is out at least four weeks.

3) Want to win a bar bet? Edwin Jackson played for the most major league teams (14).

2) Another obscure stat: Pittsburgh 3B Colin Moran is the first Pirate ever to homer in three consecutive home openers, which is a nice way of saying the Pirates haven’t faced a lefty starter in their last three home openers.

1) Happy birthday to former big league All-Star Vida Blue, who turned 71 this week. Blue won 209 games in a 17-year career. He went 24-8 in his rookie year (1971) leading the A’s to their first of five straight division titles. He won Cy Young and MVP in ’71. 

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.