It was a very sweepy weekend

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Something I didn’t notice but reader nbjays did and mentioned it in the ATH comments: there were an awful lot of sweeps this past weekend. Over half of the series played ended in sweeps, in fact. To wit:

  • The Blue Jays swept the Red Sox;
  • The A’s swept the Yankees;
  • The Tigers swept the White Sox;
  • The Dodgers swept the Mets;
  • The Reds swept the Brewers;
  • The Pirates swept the Marlins;
  • The Cardinals swept the Cubs; and
  • The Diamondbacks swept the Astros

Quick gut-based analysis: the Red Sox remain schizo, and will probably now win four of five. The A’s will get a lot of “they’re for real” talk that I suspect will only last a week or so. The Tigers-White Sox series will be thought of as a turning point. The Mets and Brewers will mark this past weekend as when things unofficially ended for them. The Cubs and Astros, well, they stunk already, so it’s not really narrative-conducive for either the winners or the losers.

Anyway: brooms-a-plenty.

Former major league pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez dies in traffic accident

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Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.

The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.

The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: