Settling the Score: Friday’s results


Ryan Braun had himself a pretty good night last night, but Matt Kemp is still going strong.

Bolstering his case for National League MVP, Kemp went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in last night’s 2-0 win over the Padres. The home run was his 37th of the season, tying him with Albert Pujols for the National League lead. He currently leads the league with 119 RBI, which is six more than Ryan Howard and Prince Fielder.

The triple crown is still a very real possibility, but the batting title will be the most interesting thing to watch over the final few games of the season. As of this morning, Jose Reyes (.32948) holds a slim advantage over Braun (.32909) and Kemp (.32586).

Your Friday box scores:

Dodgers 2, Padres 0

Reds 3, Pirates 4

Braves 7, Nationals 4

Orioles 3, Tigers 4 (11 innings)

Twins 5, Indians 6

Rockies 2, Astros 11

Blue Jays 5, Rays 1

Marlins 1, Brewers 4

Mariners 3, Rangers 5

Royals 11, White Sox 1

Cubs 5, Cardinals 1

Giants 1, Diamondbacks 3

Athletics 3, Angels 1

Phillies and Mets – PPD

Red Sox and Yankees – PPD

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.