Supposedly, Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the 19-year-old son of a baseball Hall of Famer and one of the most fun players of the last 25 years and he’s hitting .418 with seven homers and more walks than strikeouts in Double-A right at this very moment. But this seems so unlikely that it’s probably entirely made up by someone who wants us to believe that baseball isn’t a dying sport recently overtaken by college lacrosse in popularity.
I read on Twitter that Guerrero went 4-for-4 with a homer and two doubles for something called the New Hampshire Fisher Cats today. According to Baseball-Reference.com, a typically reliable site, he was already hitting .400 in 33 games going into the day. If what I read was true, his OPS now stands at 1.163. Mike Trout is nearly impossible himself and he had a .958 OPS in Double-A when he was 19. According to B-Ref, Guerrero has driven in 40 runs in 34 games and struck out just 13 times while collecting 23 extra-base hits and 14 walks.
And, frankly, that all sounds great and I’d like to believe. But I’m just not that optimistic by nature. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is fake news, and I dare you to prove me wrong by calling him up, Blue Jays.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.