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3-0 Count You Better Be Swinging It! MLB Recap Week 5

I love how everything entertaining happens Monday nights after the write my weekly article. If you do not know what happen last Monday night you can read either Al’s or Pat’s articles. Also on Wednesday nigh Trevor Bauer tried wearing cleats and got in trouble. Those were the 2 major stories during the past week in baseball.

MAJOR HEADLINES

Fernando Tatis Swings 3-0

So like I said in my intro both Al and Pat gave their opinions about what happened last Monday night. But in case you missed it some how I will get into it quickly. The hottest hitter on the planet, Fernando Tatis Jr, was up with the bases loaded in the 8th inning. His team the Padres were up 10-3 and he had a 3-0 count. He swung on that pitch and hit a grand slam.

This cause some people to get really upset. There are “unwritten rules” in baseball and that is one of them. Swinging 3-0 up big is a no-no to older baseball people. There are many other unwritten rules that older baseball people try to keep in the game.

I get into it on Legends Lingo but I will talk about it again. All those old school baseball people can leave the game if you do not think that was the right thing to do. How many times have we seen a Major League team score 8 runs in an inning? It happens! Also that swing could get Tatis Jr a lot more money. So I find nothing I repeat NOTHING wrong with it.

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Trevor Bauer Is At It Again

Oh boy do I love Trevor Bauer (come on Legends Lingo please). Last Wednesday he post this tweet about wearing “Free Joe Kelly” cleats.

He is a huge person against what the Astros punishment for cheating was. He has been very vocal about how players should have been suspended. Also Bauer is very smart and knew this would go viral.

After he posted it he got a call from his agent telling him NOT to wear them. Major League Baseball said he would be ejected, fined, and suspended if he wore those cleats. You can read ESPN article here about it.

I love every second of this!! Bauer knew all this would happen and it only puts more eyes on him. He is also leading the league in ERA. So he is just trying to get his name bigger and bigger. I love his personality and what he brings to baseball. I cannot wait to see his next move.

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WEEKLY RECAP (8/17 – 8/23)

AL East

Orioles: 2-5 Got swept in a home series verse the Blue Jays then split a 4 game home series with the Red Sox.

Reds Sox: 3-4 Lost the last game at the Yankees then split a 2 game home set verse the Phillies then split a 4 game road series at the Orioles.

Yankees: 1-3 Won their last game against the Red Sox then got swept at home by the Rays and their games at the Mets got postponed due to COVID.

Rays: 5-1 Swept the Yankees in New York the won 2 of the first 3 games verse the Blue Jays.

Blue Jays: 6-2 Swept the Orioles on the road then swept a home double header against the Phillies then lost 2 of 3 at the Rays.

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AL Central

White Sox: 6-1 Swept a 4 game series at home verse the Tigers then won 2 of 3 at the Cubs.

Indians: 4-2 Swept the Pirates then lost 2 of 3 at home verse the Tigers.

Tigers: 2-5 Got swept at the White Sox then won 2 of 3 at the Indians.

Royals: 2-4 Lost the last game at the Twins then split a home double header verse the Reds then lost 2 of 3 at home against the Twins.

Twins: 5-2 Won the last game verse the Royals then won 2 of 3 verse the Brewers then 2 of 3 again verse the Royals.

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AL West

Astros: 4-3 Swept the Rockies in a 4 game home and home series then got swept at the Padres.

Angels: 2-5 Split a home 2 game series against the Giants then swept by the Giants in a 2 game road series then lost 2 of 3 at the A’s.

Athletics: 4-3 Swept by the Diamondbacks in a 2 game road series then swept the Diamondbacks in a 2 game series back in Oakland then won 2 of 3 at home verse the Angels.

Mariners: 4-3 Swept on the road in a 2 game series by the Dodgers then split with the Dodgers at home in a 2 game series and swept the Rangers at home.

Rangers: 0-7 Swept in a 4 game home and home series by the Padres then swept at the Mariners.

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NL East

Braves: 3-2 Split the first 2 games of 3 game set against the Nationals until the last one was postponed then won 2 of 3 verse the Phillies.

Marlins: 2-5 Lost the first 3 games verse the Mets before the last one was postponed then split a 4 game set verse the Nationals.

Mets: 3-0 Won the first 3 game verse the Marlins then the rest of their game were postponed due to COVID.

Phillies: 2-5 Split a 2 game set at the Red Sox then swept in a double header by the Blue Jays then won 1 of 3 games at the Braves.

Nationals: 3-3 Split the first 2 games at the Braves before the last one was postponed then split a 4 game set verse the Marlins.

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NL Central

Cubs: 4-4 Won 3 of 5 verse the Cardinals at home then lost 2 of 3 verse the White Sox.

Reds: 2-4 Split a double header at the Royals then lost 3 of 4 at the Cardinals.

Brewers: 1-5 Won 1 of 3 at the Twins then got swept the the Pirates.

Pirates: 3-3 Swept by the Indians then swept the Brewers.

Cardinals: 5-4 Lost 3 of 5 verse the Cubs then won 3 of 4 verse the Reds.

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NL West

Diamondbacks: 2-5 Won both in the 2 game series at home verse the A’s then lost both at the A’s the got swept by the Giants.

Rockies: 0-7 Got swept in a 4 game home and home series against the Astros then swept by the Dodgers.

Dodgers: 6-1 Swept the home 2 game series verse the Mariners then split the 2 game road series at the Mariners then swept the Rockies.

Padres: 7-0 Swept the Rangers in a 4 game home and home series then swept the Astros.

Giants: 6-1 Split a 2 game road series at the Angels then swept the Angels in 2 game at home then swept the Diamondbacks at home.

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Wrap Up

Fernando Tatis Jr and Trevor Bauer make the major headlines this past week. Tatis Jr hitting a grand slam on a 3-0 pitch and Bauer trying to wear cleats. As the MLB tries to say “Let The Kids Play”. Listen to yourself and let them play!

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