Sorry it’s not a full ATH today, but this morning is a wonderful morning at Chez Calcaterra. Mookie, the official daughter of HBT, has an orthodontist appointment at 8AM. This one may or may not be the one in which they actually slap the metal on, but the fact is that Mookie needs braces.
Dental plan . . . Mookie needs braces . . . dental plan . . . So Settling the Scores it is.
I can’t let A-Rod’s night go without mention, of course. The venerable one hit a 450+ foot home run in the Yankees 4-3 win over the Orioles. Mark Teixeira hit a homer too. The Yankees likewise got six good innings from Ivan Nova before turning it over to the pen, which Andrew Miller allowing a homer to Chris Davis notwithstanding, has been a strength for New York all year.
Back in March, when I previewed the Yankees, I said that while there were a lot of uncertainties with this team, it wasn’t crazy to expect some improvement from many positions and that if a couple of the old guys bounce back they could be in this thing, especially given how good the pen is. Well, a couple of the old guys bounced back. They could use a starter but are getting just enough pitching. And the pen is the pen. That’s why they’re in first place folks. Everything has come up shiny for them.
The rest of the scores:
Dodgers 3, Braves 1
Nationals 4, Mets 3
Reds 9, Cubs 1; Cubs 6, Reds 5
Phillies 5, Rays 4
Indians 7, Brewers 5
Rangers 10, Rockies 8
Giants 7, Padres 1
Tigers 9, Mariners 4
Cardinals 3, White Sox 2
Royals 5, Pirates 1
Astros 4, Red Sox 2
Marlins 5, Diamondbacks 3
Angels 5, Twins 2
Athletics 4, Blue Jays 3
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Orioles have expressed interest in Padres outfielder Justin Upton. Morosi’s colleague, Ken Rosenthal, added that they’ve also inquired on Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez.
While the Orioles have gotten terrific production out of Adam Jones in center field, they’ve gotten very little from the corners. They have been using Chris Davis in right field while Nolan Reimold, David Lough, and Travis Snider have shared time in left. The Orioles’ aggregate .628 OPS out of left field is third-worst in the American League, though their Davis-inspired .760 OPS is seventh-best.
Upton, 27, can become a free agent after the season and is owed only the remainder of his $14.5 million salary for the 2015 season. He exited Sunday’s game with tightness in his lower back, per MLB.com’s Corey Brock, but it sounds like a minor issue. He entered play Sunday batting .252/.331/.426 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI.
Gomez, 29, is signed through 2016. He’s owed the remainder of $8 million for this season and $9 million next season. He entered play Sunday hitting .267/.322/.439 with eight home runs and 41 RBI.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez got it done in the field and at the plate in last night’s win over the Orioles, robbing Chris Davis of a home run in the third inning before taking Ubaldo Jimenez deep in the fifth. Check it out below:
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Martinez is the fourth player this season to take away a home run and hit a home run in the same game. Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, and Seth Smith are the others. And as for Chris Davis, he’s had three home runs taken away from him this month alone.
Martinez is now up to 26 home runs on the season, which ties Albert Pujols for second in the American League. Mike Trout, who hit a walk-off blast last night against the Red Sox, leads the way with 27 homers.