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MLB News Notes and Mailbags: Week of 4/13-4/19

We are a few weeks into this 2018 season so let’s take a look at some of the things that have happened this week.

  • Almost A Perfecto By Big Sexy

On Sunday Night the Texas Rangers and their starter the 44 year old Bartolo Colon were not really given much chance to win before the game. Why? You ask? because they were taking on the defending World Series Champion Houston Astros. Colon throws almost all 2-seam fastballs at this point in his career and the Astros are a great fastball hitting team But this time the matchup was dominated by Bartolo. He managed through seven perfect innings, then in the eighth surrendered a walk to Carlos Correa before a booming double down the line by Josh Reddick. Texas would go on to win in extra innings but the talk of the night was all about Big Sexy Bartolo Colon.

  • Shohei Shows Weakness

Shohei Ohtani over his first two starts both against the Oakland A’s was dominant. However, his third start was pushed back due to cold weather in Kansas City. Shohei then started Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. This would be Ohtani’s toughest test to date and Boston came out hungry. Shohei ended up leaving the start with a blister issue after just two innings of work, surrendering four hits, three runs, two walks only one strikeout and served up a home run to Mookie Betts. It was evident from the first pitch Shohei didn’t have it.

  • Viva Boricua: Two-Game Set In Puerto Rico

The Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians played a two-game set in Puerto Rico on Tuesday and Wednesday this week from Hiram Bithorn Stadium. The games in Puerto Rico were a wonderful representation of the island and its culture. Drum’s, joyful singing and raucous ovations were the spirits that filled the stands and translated to the joy on everyone’s faces. It was an incredible scene to watch. It was also amazing to witness the immense joy on the faces of the four Puerto Rican born players playing in the game the Cleveland Indians Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez and the Minnesota Twins Jose Berrios and Eddie Rosario.

And a strike right done the middle was thrown by Puerto Rico’s own former baseball star turned musical artist…Daddy Yankee.

  • Near No-No In Arizona

Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin was in the midst of trade rumors throughout the offseason but the Diamondbacks kept him and boy aren’t they glad they did. On Tuesday night the Arizona starter threw 7 2/3 no-hit innings against the San Francisco Giants. Corbin looked very impressive and while surrendering the No-Hitter Corbin shut out the Giants in a now rare “complete game” shutout.

  • Stanton Dropped In The Order

The Yankees biggest offseason acquisition has struggled in his new digs in the Bronx. So manager Aaron Boone tried to make a move in the lineup with Stanton, taking him out of the pressure-packed three spot in the lineup and dropping him all the way to fourth, the “cleanup hole”. Now Giancarlo Stanton has always been a slow starter when looking back at his time in Miami. And therefore the fans of the Bronx Bombers should not fret as the Slugging Stanton will be fine and by seasons end be among the league leaders in home runs and rbi’s.

  • The Phillies Just Keep Winning

The Phillies were counted out of the running for a playoff hope before the season started. Coming off a 2017 season in which their young players did not progress the way they were expected to. The team decided to hire Gabe Kapler as their new skipper and that change started off rocky but has since turned the team around. The Phillies currently have a record of 11-7.

  • The Price Is Wrong

The Cincinnati Reds have decided to part ways three weeks into the season with manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins. The Reds have struggled out of the gate. The Reds were a team relying on a young starting pitching rotation that may not have been ready quite just yet but the change was made. The Reds are currently 3-15 with a team ERA of 5.42.

  • Judge Makes A Ruling

The Honorable Aaron Judge is presiding over the case of the ” Sophomore Slump”. And Judge has made his decision on the case and no Sophomore Slump so far for Aaron Judge. With all eyes on the struggles of Stanton, Aaron has quietly been able to keep up with what he did for a majority of last season. Judge continues to break records. Fastest man to get to 60 and 61 home runs for their career and he will continue to break these home run marks as long as he stays healthy.

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