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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Braves 4, Giants 1: Mike Foltynewicz took a shutout into the ninth inning and still managed the complete game, allowing one run on six hits and needing only 108 pitches against a Giants team that is mailing it in like Adam Sandler’s character mailing in the Healthy Choice pudding proofs of purchase in “Punch Drunk Love.” San Francisco has not gone to Provo to beat up a phone sex line operator and has not fallen in love with Emily Watson, but they have lost 10 in a row.

Nationals 3, Phillies 1; Nationals 7, Phillies 6: Despite the Nats’ deadline selloff they still have a lot of stars. They didn’t really need them in Game 1 of this twin bill, however, as Erick Fredde (5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER) and four relievers tamed Philly’s bats in the day game, with a homer from Spencer Kieboom helping things along. In the nightcap it was the Juan Soto show, with the Nats’ spectacular rookie homering in the top of the 10th to put Washington up to stay. He had homered way back fourth inning too and had a 3-for-4, four RBI game in all. Atlanta’s win combined with this double header sweep puts the Phillies back six and a half games in the NL East. They’re back six and a half in the Wild Card too.

Royals 6, White Sox 3: Brad Keller allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six in seven innings, winning for the fourth time in his last six starts. Two of those starts have been against the Chisox, one against Baltimore and one against Toronto so it’s not like he’s been facing a Murderer’s Row or anything, but we can only play the cards fate deals us. If life gives you marshmallows, make Rice Krispie treats.

Cardinals 11, Pirates 5: Miles Mikolas allowed one run and punched out seven in seven innings of work. The punch-outs were actually strikeouts. If he had really punched out seven members of the Pirates he’d go to jail. Sort of like the woman who is now in jail for killing her husband after writing an story called “How to Murder Your Husband.” Some things in life — like Mikolas having an All-Star season in which he’s gone 15-4 with a 2.99 ERA are hard to see comin’. Other things aren’t.

Reds 3, Dodgers 1: Cincinnati goes to 6-0 on the year against the Dodgers — something I doubt even the Big Red Machine did back in the day when these two teams shared a division — thanks to Luis Castillo allowing only one run while working into the seventh and the bullpen locking it down. Brandon Dixon and Scott Schebler went deep for the Reds. Cincinnati will try to complete the season series sweep of Los Angeles this afternoon.

Cubs 3, Brewers 0: The Cubbies regain a two-game lead in the NL Central thanks to Jose Quintana tossing three-hit shutout ball into the seventh inning and Victor Caratini singling in a run in the second and doubling in one in the seventh. Quintana is 6-2 with a 1.60 ERA in 10 career starts against the Brewers. That creep can roll.

Astros 5, Tigers 4: Houston took a 5-0 lead by the fourth inning thanks to homers from Jose Altuve, Tony Kemp and Tyler White, then hung on after Detroit scored four in the fourth thanks largely to a JaCoby Jones three-run bomb. Houston’s bullpen gave the Astros five innings of shutout ball after that.

Athletics 3, Orioles 2: A three-run third inning held up for Oakland as Mike Fiers allowed one run over six innings. Fiers is 5-0 in seven starts since the A’s acquired him from Detroit. Not a bad deadline pickup, eh?

Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 2Brock Holt hit three-run home run to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead and the Sox piled on after that, winning the game and becoming the first team in 2018 to clinch a playoff berth in the process. Chris Sale came off the disabled list and pitched for the first time in a month, tossing one scoreless inning with two strikeouts as the “opener.” The bullpen took over after that. A win today will give Boston an even 100 on the season. They’re on pace to win 111. The team record is 105.

Marlins 5, Mets 3: Jacob deGrom‘s season continues apace. he allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out nine but got little support and took the loss. His counterpart, Jose Urena, allowed one over six. JT Riddle homered for Miami and Lewis Brinson drove in a couple. deGrom is 0-2 in four starts against Miami this year. The Marlins have won three of those four games.

Indians 2, Rays 0: Shane Bieber struck out 11 Rays batters in six and two-thirds shutout innings with Brad Hand and Cody Allen finishing off the four-hit shutout. Yan Gomes and Edwin Encarnacion‘s homers were all the scoring in the game. The Rays used a standard starter-relief approach in this game as opposed to bullpenning it up, with Tyler Glasnow giving them seven innings of work in which those solo shots were all he allowed. Pretty darn good — usually good enough to win — but when your offense doesn’t do anything, welp.

Twins 10, Yankees 5: Sonny Gray got the start and made a strong case for going back to the bullpen, lasting only three innings. The wheels really fell off though when Jonathan Loaisiga came in and barfed up six runs in an inning and a third. Four of those runs came on a Joe Mauer grand slam in the Twins’ six-run fifth inning. Didi Gregorius hit a grand slam of his own in the sixth inning but by then New York was down 10-1 so welp again. It’s gonna be delicious when the Yankees win 100 games and still have to travel to Oakland as the bottom seed in a one-and-done Wild Card game.

Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 3: Ketel Marte hit a two-out, two-run triple to break a sixth-inning tie and drove in four runs in all on the evening. Colorado had chances to make it game again in both the seventh and the ninth but couldn’t make it happen. The Dodgers laying an egg in Cincinnati is somewhat mitigated by the Dbacks beating the Rockies here. Colorado’s lead in the NL West remains at one and a half games. Arizona is two and a half back.

Angels 1, Rangers 0: A two-hit shutout for the Angels. Sure, it took eight pitchers, none of whom threw even two innings, to make it happen, but it’s 2018 and that’s just how things are these days. Los Angeles’ only run came on a second inning Jose Fernandez solo shot.

Padres 2, Mariners 1: Edwin Diaz has 54 saves on the year but he took the L here thanks to Wil Myers knocking an RBI double in the ninth to break a 1-1 tie and send the M’s to yet another defeat. They’re now eight and a half out of the Wild Card with 18 games to play, so yeah, it’s over.

No, New York players do not get an unfair bump in Hall of Fame voting

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Angels owner Arte Moreno said something interesting yesterday. He was talking about the retired former Angel, Garret Anderson, and said “If he would have played in New York, he’d be in the Hall of Fame.”

The initial — and, I would add, the most on-point — response to this is to note that, for however good a player Anderson was at times, no definition of the term “Hall of Famer” really encompasses his legacy. He was OK. Pretty good on occasion. Nowhere near a Hall of Famer, and I don’t think you need me to go over the math to establish that. The only way Anderson would ever sniff the Hall of Fame one day is if we sent Tony La Russa back in time to manage him for several years and then brought him back from the past to strong-arme the Veterans Committee.

The more interesting question to me is the matter implied in Moreno’s comment: that players in New York get an unfair boost when it comes to the Hall of Fame.

I get why he might say that and I get why people might believe it. New York gets all the press. If you can make it there you can make it anywhere and, my God, people in New York will not let you forget it for a second. East Coast Bias™ and all of that.

Except it’s baloney, at least as far as the Hall of Fame goes.

I think it’s fair to say that, yes, if you play in New York, your reputation gets elevated more than if you played elsewhere, but I think there are limits to that what that elevation gets you. You’re more famous if you knock in 100 as the third-best guy on a Yankees team or if you are involved in a notable game or series or controversy as a Met, but it doesn’t mean you get some extra helping hand from the BBWAA five years after you retire.

At least one guy I know, Adam Darowski, has taken a rough look at this on the numbers. He has determined that, by at least his measure, Yankees players are the fourth most underrepresented contingent in Hall of Fame voting. Red Sox are fifth. Mets are in the middle of the pack. It may be more useful to think of this without reference to any numbers, though, and look at it in terms of who is and who isn’t getting some sort of unfair bump.

If there was a New York Premium to Hall of Fame consideration, wouldn’t Bernie Williams, Willie Randolph, Ron Guidry, Elston Howard, Don Mattingly, Roger Maris, Jorge Posada, David Cone, John Franco, Keith Hernandez, Andy Pettitte and a bunch of other guys of that caliber get more support than they’ve historically gotten? I’m not saying all of those guys deserve to be in the Hall, but they all have better cases than Garret Anderson and none of them got in or appear to be getting in any time soon. They are close enough on the merits that, one would think anyway, an aura of New Yorkness surrounding them would have carried them over the line, but it never did.

Meanwhile, almost all of the most borderline Hall of Famers are old, old, old timers who were either poorly assessed by the Veterans Committee or who had the good fortune of being good friends with Frankie Frisch. Again, not a ton of Yankees make that cut. A whole lot of Giants do, but I suppose that’s another conversation. The questionable Hall of Famers of more recent vintage represent guys from all over the big league map. The only Yankee I can think of in relatively recent years who raised eyebrows was Catfish Hunter, and I suspect more of that was based on his legacy with the A’s than with the Yankees, where he really only had one great season.

Here’s what I think happens, practically, with New York players: If you play in New York, merely good and notable performance makes you huge in the moment and in casual remembrance, but your historical legacy is often written down a bit as a function of overall team success. Also — or, maybe, alternatively — it’s a matter of every good Yankees era being defined by such a big meagstar — Ruth, DiMaggio, Mantle, Reggie, Jeter — that the really good, even Hall of Fame-worthy guys who played with them are overlooked to some degree. Which, when you think about it, kinda sucks even worse for them because their megastar teammate is, thanks to the rings, in some ways getting elevated by team success while the lesser stars are denigrated because of it.

Which is not to say that we should cry for New York players. Paul O’Neill will never have to pay for a steak dinner in Manhattan for the rest of his life and, thanks to all of his friends in the press, Andy Pettitte’s obituary won’t mention his PED use at all while Barry Bonds’ obit will mention it in the first graf. It’s getting to the point where if you can simply avoid infamy and not suck for a five-year stretch you can get your number retired and a place in Monument Park.

But New York players aren’t getting unfair consideration in Hall of Fame voting. Indeed, I think they’re probably getting graded a bit too harshly.