Still no Phillies or Marlins games. Still no repercussions for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. The NBA and NHL will start this weekend, and thus far, leagues who have gone with the “Bubble” plan have had better outcomes.
Today’s Featured Games
Chicago Cubs vs. Cin City Reds—5:40pm CT MLB.TV
Sonny Gray’s on the mound today in an Ace vs. Ace showdown against Kyle Hendricks. Cin City won their opening day start—the last time Gray was on the mound—and promptly lost the next 4. An Ace’s job is to stop the losing streak. Gray went 6IP and surrendered only 1R in his first start. They’re going to need more of that against the 4-1 Cubs.
Curt Casali has been in all 5 games, but is only 3-14 at the plate thus far.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays vs. Atlanta Braves—6:10pm CT MLB.TV
Kyle Wright looked great through 2 innings, but didn’t make it out of the 3rd, as the Braves dropped to 2-3 on the season, losing to the Devil Rays 5-2.
Dansby Swanson had another hit last night, as he’s swinging a hot bat to the tune of a .368 average through 5 games.
Other Games Featuring Former Dores
Colorado Rockies vs. Oakland A’s—2:30pm CT ESPN
The Rockies have RHP German Marquez on the mound, so Tony Kemp may well get the start at 2B tonight. However, the Rockies had a RHP on the mound yesterday, as well, but the A’s still went with Chad Pinder at 2B. Pinder was 0-4 (.111 on the season). This would have been a Featured Game, as it’s the earliest game on today’s schedule, and is on ESPN... but with Kemp only receiving 5 ABs thus far, it can’t be a Vanderbilt-centric featured game.
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates—6:05pm CT MLB.TV
Bryan Reynolds broke through last night in a big way, going 2-4 with a 2B in an 8-6 Pirates win. This is a Ladder Match Rubber Match game, as only one of these two 2-3 teams will be at .500 at the end of the day.
San Diego vs. San Fransisco—8:45pm CT MLB.TV
Yaz continued his hot streak last night, going 2-3 with 2 runs scored, though the Garlic Fries lost to the Monks 5-3. Yaz is batting .353 on the season. There will be no All-Star game this season, but Yaz would be a prime candidate for “Lone All-Star Selected from a Bad Team” thus far, and that’s a great thing for a player who toiled for so long in the minors to finally force his way into the big leagues last year.