Alfredo Aceves blew the save last night — his seventh — and the Red Sox, as Matthew so succinctly put it, played a really stupid game.
Aceves himself, however, put it even more succinctly:
“We’re playing (expletive), (expletive) baseball,” he said.
I’m trying to figure out what two words together both fit that sentence and both need to be censored. There’s video of him saying it here — go to the one minute mark — but I can’t quite make it out. Unless someone heard an uncensored version of this, I’m going with a harder version of “poopy butt baseball.”
Which, yeah, no argument here.
Nationals ace Max Scherzer struck out his 300th batter of the season on Tuesday night against the Marlins. Austin Dean was the victim, swinging and missing at a 3-2 curve for the second out in the seventh inning.
Scherzer’s 2018 is the seventh 300-strikeout season since 2000. The others: Chris Sale (308; 2017 Red Sox), Clayton Kershaw (301; 2015 Dodgers), Randy Johnson (334; 2002 Diamondbacks), Curt Schilling (316; 2002 Diamondbacks), Randy Johnson (372; 2001 Diamondbacks), Randy Johnson (347; 2000 Diamondbacks). It’s the 67th 300-strikeout season dating back to 1883.
At the conclusion of the seventh, Scherzer had held the Marlins to a run on four hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts. He entered the start 17-7 with a 2.57 ERA across 213 2/3 innings. Jacob deGrom will almost certainly win the NL Cy Young Award, but Scherzer’s 2018 has been outstanding.