My favorite month is HERE!!
May is awesome for many reasons:
MLB Season in full swing
Yeah, yeah, those are great, but here are the REAL reasons:
Actual, SUSTAINED nice weather
Mine, my Wife, and my Dad’s birthdays (coincidentally all on the SAME DAY — May 14th)!!!!
Speaking of birthdays (we’ll get to sports at some point today..I promise), for those who watch, or listen, to my Sports Talk Radio Show, DaveTalksSports, today is my co-host, Uncle Mike’s, birthday!! Happy Birthday Brother!!
Which naturally transitions to MLB finishing April with a bang. How do I come up with these segues?! Genius….
Not 1, not 2, but 3!!
A.J. Pollock is really good at baseball. Casual baseball fans don’t know that. Pollock plays in Phoenix, Arizona, one of baseball’s forgotten cities. And he’s often injured, playing in just 524 of a potential 972 games through his first six seasons (53.9%). Pollock possesses a unique power/speed skillset and is the primary reason the Arizona Diamondbacks have the best record in the National League (20-8). His THREE home runs Monday night are a prime example of his power potential.
Pollock will hope to transition from April to May as smoothly as the transition from the introduction to the rest of this article.
I’m Going To Strike You Out!!
Raise your hand if you know Josh Hader….
Put your hand down, liar.
Josh Hader is a relief pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers. He’s temporarily earning saves while Cory Knebel recovers from a hamstring injury. Monday night, Hader made history. He became the 1st pitcher, since saves became an official statistic in 1969, to strike out 8 batters, in less than 3 innings, while earning a save. 8 strikeouts in 2 and 2/3 innings. That’s some nasty stuff right there.
I guess there’s a reason why it’s never been done before….
Sonny Gray Sighting!!
Okay, quit foolin’ around. Who’s the imposter who pitched in Sonny Gray’s jersey Monday night????
While the Yankees suffered a 2-1 loss to the Astros Monday night, Sonny Gray threw his 2nd quality start of the season:
6 innings, 2 runs, 4 strikeouts, and 3 walks
Not the best start of his career, but encouraging against a powerful Astros’ lineup, on the road. Hopefully Gray will carry the positives from this start into May. Gray’s next start will be Cinco de Mayo, at home, against the Cleveland Indians.
The Yankees have announced they’ll stick with Austin Romine as Gray’s personal catcher.
From Bad To Worse
Remember when the Los Angeles Dodgers were expected to make consecutive World Series appearances?? Remember when the Dodgers had the 3rd highest payroll in MLB?? And remember when, despite having the best starting pitcher and closer in baseball, it ALL fell apart?!
That, would be today….
As if April couldn’t get any worse (12-16), the Dodgers received terrible news Monday. All-star shortstop, Corey Seager, will require season-ending Tommy John Surgery. At just 24, the 2016 NL Rookie of the Year had become a mainstay in a strong Dodgers’ lineup. His power upside coupled with a .302 career batting average made him one of the better shortstops in MLB. We wish him luck in recovery, however, his team, may be past the point of recovery.
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