Hidden deep within a press release from Major League Baseball on Thursday morning was one interesting bit: Umpire Angel Hernandez has been tabbed as the first base umpire for Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game.
Yu Darvish was awful in his last start against the Marlins, and it turns out there’s a legitimate reason for it. He’s just glad a writer pointed it out for him.
Yoan Moncada decided it wasn’t enough to make one amazing play, so he had to make two in a row.
The state of the Cardinals is something like this: They have a rotation that’s so full, they can’t work in their best young prospect, who’s probably ready. Their current no. 3 hitter is a rookie shortstop who was injected with Temporary Serum of Stan Musial’s Pancreas, which they’ve fully synthesized at this point, but there’s no way to tell how long it will last. It was a season for Randal Grichuk and two for Allen Craig, but the serum is still pumping through the veins of Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter. Total crapshoot.
And the Cardinals are winning. Like, a bunch. I was so very excited to crow about my preseason pick of the Brewers finishing ahead of them, but, as always, the baseball seasons are too long. The Cardinals are battling for first place in the NL Central, which is one step closer to meeting the Dodgers in the NLCS, which is their destiny, even if it looked unlikely a month ago.
At the deadline, there were talks that the Cardinals were interested in trading Lance Lynn, possibly to replenish the farm, possibly in a three-way deal to bring back an outfielder. Now that I’m in charge, I dial it back all the way before the deadline and get them J.D. Martinez, who was kind of the perfect fit and didn’t take a bevy of prospects to acquire for the Diamondbacks. I understand why the Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys Cardinals weren’t Cheap Google Jerseys interested in a rental back when they were spinning their wheels in the mud.