Last night we witnessed BASEBALL in Chicago where the KC Royals and the White Sox finally had at it after bad blood had been flowing between both teams. The lid finally blew-off when Jordano Ventura quick-pitched Adam Eaton, who bounced back to the box. Eaton had some words for Ventura, Ventura fired back, and it was on! Five players were thrown out of the game. I have to say, even though Harold Reynolds pointed out that THIS ONE was not Ventura’s fault---the kid is a @#$%^ disturber and is going to be a marked man if he continues his childish and adolescent behavior.
The AMAZING METS won their 11th straight game yesterday. Smoke and mirrors? I think so. Whereas this team should compete for a wild card this year---no way are they THIS good. They will come down to earth.
Joe Nathan has been diagnosed with a torn UCL and tendon in his right elbow and will require season-ending Tommy John reconstructive surgery.
Kris Bryant is starting in center field for the Cubs on Thursday afternoon against the Pirates. Nice for fantasy players if Bryant has more than just 3B eligibility.
Tony Watson tossed a pair of scoreless innings for his first save of the season in Wednesday's win versus the Cubs. With Mark Melancon’s velocity down---everything points to Watson taking on full-time duties as Buc closer. Get him if he isn’t already gone!
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that it's becoming "less likely" that Hunter Pence (forearm) returns before the end of April.
In a rather light newsworthy day yesterday, the New York Mets did win their ninth straight game yesterday, with rookie catcher Kevin Plawecki, who was just called up to replace the injured Travis D’Arnaud, getting two hits and scoring 2 runs.
Yasmani Tomas, in place of the injured Jake Lamb, placed 2 hits and plated a run in the D-Backs loss to the Texas Rangers last night.
A’s first baseman Ike Davis, pitched a perfect 8th inning for the A’s, as his time got routed by the Los Angeles Angels 14-1.
Remember to set your line-ups early today. It’s Patriot Day in Boston and O’s and BoSox’s have first pitch at 11 am est.
A-Rod is only 2 HRs away from tying Willie Mays for 4th place on the All-Time HE list. Can’t wait to see how the Yankees handle that one.
Huge injuries for Mets on Sunday---catcher Travis D’Arnaud fractured his hand after getting hit by a pitch and reliever Jerry Blevins fractured his forearm after taking a liner back to the box.
The White socks are going to call up #3 prospect in baseball today---Carlos Rodon. The rookie sensation will start out of the Sox bullpen, but will be in the starting rotation sooner rather than later.
Not only is Chicago Cubs phenom 3rd baseman KRIS BRYANT being called up today, and being put in the Cubbies starting line-up, but, by the way---HE’S BATTING CLEAN UP! Hope you hopped on him in your draft. Mike Trout potential impact!
Injuries starting to pile up—CARLOS GOMEZ hits the DL with hammy, JOSE REYES has a fractured rib cage, and VICTOR MARTINEZ is STILL nursing his surgically repaired knee.
ARCHIE BRADLEY is an absolute STUD. The 2015b NL Rookie of the Year. Write that down.
Even though Rafael Betancourt racked up the save in place of LaTroy Hawkins for the rockies against the Giants yesterday, don’t expect him to be the primary guy who gets the ball in the 9th. Adam Ottavino had pictched 2 1/3 innings over Saturday & Sunday, so he needing a day off may have prevented manager Walt Weiss from calling on him to finish the game.
Both Brett Gardner and Hanley Ramirez both escaped injury, when their tests came back negative yesterday after suffering minor injuries Monday night. Gardner suffered a wrist injury after being hit by a pitch, and Hanley fouled a pitch off his foot.
The American League defending Champion Kansas City Royals are the only unbeaten team left standing at 7-0.
On today's edition of Who's on First, Vince goes on a rant on one of his league competitors for stealing TWO CLOSERS out from under his nose, calls out Blue Jay manager John Gibbons and makes a BOLD PREDICTION concerning the 2015 New York Yankees.
Brett Cecil has been removed from his duties as closer in favor of 20 year-old rookie phenom Miguel Castro. The door has been left open for Cecil to get his job back if he straightens out his early season woes, but if Castro’s lights-out in the 9th---that ain’t happenin’!
Ian Kennedy of the Pads was pulled from his start against the Giants last night due to a mild hamstring strain. Kennedy may require a trip to the DL—I will keep you posted.
A-Rod hit his first bomb for the Yankees last night. Personally—I think he’s worth a roster spot. Going to get even better with the more Abs he sees.