Baseball is more fun when we win. The victory over the Twins in the first game of the series was hard earned, in spite of three massive facepalm moments. Mike Wilner had a clear summary of the game:
With the two TOOTBLANs and the near-collision in the outfield, it really says something that #Bluejays were able to pick up a win tonight.— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) April 16, 2019
I'm not sure what it says, but it really says something.
Fortunately Teoscar Hernandez made up for his bonehead play by launching a ball into TeOuter Space!
Randal Grichuk went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and now has six hits in his past four games.
And with closer Ken Giles unable to throw (due to illness) Joe Biagini pitched the ninth for his first save since April 21, 2017.
Ryan Tepera reportedly met up with the team yesterday in Minnesota, after starting the season on the injured list because of right elbow soreness. He pitched two innings for the Bisons on a rehab assignment last weekend and is expected to be added to the 25-man roster today.
Yesterday was of course the day that MLB celebrated the life of Jackie Robinson. Not only was he a pioneer but he really was one of the best players ever:
One player in MLB history had at least 100 HR, 50 triples, 250 doubles, 150 steals and 700 walks thru their 1st 10 MLB Seasons ...— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) April 16, 2019
And this piece by Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs is worth your time: Jackie Robinson and Dodgertown, a Haven of Tolerance.
Talking of stats, Vlad Guerrero Jr is mirroring his dad almost perfectly:
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. now has exactly the same number of at-bats his dad had before his MLB debut. Through 1,055 AB's,— Kelsie Heneghan (@Kelsie_Heneghan) April 15, 2019
Vlad Sr: .343 AVG, 45 HR, 184 RBI, 95 BB, 115 K in 285 G
Vlad Jr: .332 AVG, 42 HR, 206 RBI, 149 BB, 137 K in 283 G
Yasiel Puig seems very happy now he is at the Reds. And in a very revealing (and alarming) read, the Dodgers are more than happy he is no longer with them.
I’ll see your Brandon Drury & Teoscar Hernandez gaffe from yesterday and raise you the Reds’ Luis Castillo:
And Tyler O’Neill channels his inner Lourdes Gurriel Jr...
We're no experts, but....— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 16, 2019
We don't think the throw was supposed to go there. pic.twitter.com/Zp5Px86uYu
The lovely Christian Yelich had a great day yesterday:
- 3 HR
- 7 RBI
- 1 puppy given
UPDATE: They are going to name him Yeli. pic.twitter.com/J95rP1Rh5m— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 15, 2019
Ouch of the Day
Yu Darvish - is this 2 balls and a strike?