Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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Well, would you look at that, the Rays won themselves a baseball game. Behind six scoreless innings from veteran left-hander Erik Bedard, the Rays topped the Mariners 4-0 last night to end their 10-game losing streak.

Going against his former team, Bedard gave up four hits and one walk while striking out eight batters. Jake McGee, Joel Peralta, and Grant Balfour combined for six strikeouts over the next three innings to finish off the shutout victory.

Little was expected from Bedard coming into the year, but he has a respectable 3.61 ERA over 10 starts and one relief appearance. He has a better ERA than David Price and Chris Archer right now. Wouldn’t have expected that in the spring.

Even after ending the long skid, the Rays still own the worst record in the majors at 24-38. They are currently 14 games behind the first-place Blue Jays in the American League East and eight back in the Wild Card race. They have a lot of work to do to make something out of their season.

Your Friday box scores:

Mariners 0, Rays 4

Marlins 3, Cubs 5 (13 innings)

Athletics 4, Orioles 3 (11 innings)

Cardinals 1, Blue Jays 3

Brewers 5, Pirates 15

Red Sox 2, Tigers 6

Phillies 8, Reds 0

Dodgers 7, Rockies 2

Braves 5, Diamondbacks 2

Indians 4, Rangers 6

Nationals 6, Padres 0

Yankees 4, Royals 2

Mets 2, Giants 4

Astros 5, Twins 4

White Sox 4, Angels 8

The 2019 Hall of Fame Class will be announced this evening

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This year’s Hall of Fame ballot was released just over two months ago. This evening at 6:15 PM Eastern, all of the arguing stops. Well, actually, it doesn’t stop, because it never stops. Not really. It just transforms into something more pointless, because as of then, the 2019 Hall of Fame class will be officially announced live on MLB Network.

The entire ballot can be found here. Two weeks ago I went through it, candidate-by-candidate, in order to determine who I would vote for if, in fact, I had a vote. For what it’s worth, I ended up with Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Edgar Martinez, Larry Walker, Manny Ramirez. and Scott Rolen.

No, not all of those guys will be elected. I strongly suspect we’ll get three, with an outside chance at a fourth. Based on the best Hall of Fame voting tracker out there, Mariano Rivera is a lock. So too, it seems, is Roy Halladay. Edgar Martinez — on the ballot for is tenth and final time — likewise seems to have the support to finally make it. He was 20 votes short last year and, so far, he has picked up more than 20 new votes among voters who have revealed their ballots. Assuming that previous Martinez voters who have not released their ballots do not backtrack — a safe assumption — Edgar should, at long last, finally make it into Cooperstown.

The last guy who, at present, is trending above the required 75% is Mike Mussina who, at present, is included on 81% of public ballots. There is a tendency for the non-public voters to be stingier with their support, however, so there’s a pretty decent chance that Mussina will fall just under the threshold and will find himself back on the ballot next year. A jump from last year’s 63.5% support to something in the 70s, however, would bode very well for his 2020 chances. If he somehow makes it this year’s class will rival last year’s four-person BBWAA-elected class as one of the better ones in living memory.

Who will join Harold Baines and Lee Smith on the stage in Cooperstown in July? We find out this evening, just after 6 PM.