The Angels were swept by the Texas Rangers over the weekend. Mike Trout homered on his birthday. Anthony Rendon is struggling. Jo Adell had a rough day. This team has the second-worst record in baseball. Fun!
The Cleveland Indians sent pitcher Zach Plesac home for going out and meeting some friends. It’s a good learning moment for Plesac and perhaps also a cautionary tale for the rest of the league in they decide to engage in risky behavior. Meanwhile, the Indians are still supposed to play next week.
Speaking of postponed games, the St. Louis Cardinals have yet another series postponed. They have only played five games. This will be problematic if Major League Baseball decides they want the Cardinals to play the full sixty games.
The Oakland A’s played the Houston Astros over the weekend. An A’s broadcaster trolled Jose Altuve by making buzzer sounds. Tensions came to a head when there was a brawl in Sunday’s game (read: not good for social distancing) and Ramon Laureano was ejected. Houston’s hitting coach, Alex Cintron (who finally has to do some work and teach the Astros how to hit), instigated the brawl, and Laureano obliged him. It will be interesting to see what the punishments will be, considering MLB was very strict on the whole no-brawls thing before the season. The A’s play the Angels tonight. Here’s Jomboy’s take on the whole mess.
Grab Bag: Fernando Tatis Jr. is really good. Chris Iannetta (aka Destructobeam) has retired. Oakland has won nine in a row. The Mets, or at least their television partner, are sponsored by Send in the Clowns, which is somehow a real company name. Go figure.
OT: Collin Morikawa won the PGA Championship on the back of one of the most impressive holes (the 16th) to close out a Major. That kid is impressive.