It was a light schedule for Thursday, but that slate included plenty of day baseball. Here is everything you need to know about Thursday's MLB action.
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Baseball schedule/scores for Thursday, May 2
- FINAL - Mets 1, Reds 0 (box score)
- FINAL - Padres 11, Braves 2 (box score)
- FINAL - Twins 8, Astros 2 (box score)
- FINAL - Rockies 11, Brewers 6 (box score)
- FINAL - Rays 3, Royals 1 (box score)
- FINAL - Nationals 2, Cardinals 1 (box score)
- FINAL - White Sox 6, Red Sox 4 (box score)
- FINAL - Angels 6, Blue Jays 2 (box score)
Twins get statement series win
The Twins behind a strong Jose Berrios and a four-RBI effort from former Astro Jason Casto thumped Houston on Thursday and in doing so took three of four from the reigning AL West champs. Minnesota has now won six of its last seven, which gives the club a record of 19-10 on the season. That's tops not only in the AL Central but also the entire American League. That also scales to a 106-win pace, which would be a franchise record for wins in a season.
The Twins have mostly done it with a productive offense. After Thursday's win, the Twins rank fourth in the AL in runs scored (and two of the teams ahead of them have played more games) and first in OPS. That's despite playing their home games in a ballpark that's suppressed offense thus far. Specifically, Jorge Polanco, Eddie Rosario, Max Kepler, and Nelson Cruz have all put up big numbers, and they've gotten some excellent production from the catcher position. Meantime, Berrios has looked every bit like the young ace:
Thanks to that and more, the Twins have carved out a three-game lead over the Indians, and given Cleveland's rotation injuries (and an over-reliance on the rotation) they could build on that lead in the weeks to come. As for the SportsLine Projection Model (@SportsLine on Twitter), it still favors the Indians to win the AL Central title for a fourth straight year, but the Twins are certainly putting a dent in those expectations.
Arenado's slow start is history
Fifteen games into the 2019 season, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was batting an uncustomary .246/.299/.311 and still hunting for his first home run. What made the struggles seem more acute is that Arenado has typically been a hot starter and that he was fresh off signing a $260 million extension with Colorado.
Arenado's still just 28, so there's no reason to read too much into a fortnight and change of struggles. Indeed, he's flipped a switch. Coming into Thursday's series finale in Milwaukee, Arenado since those first 15 games had a line of .323/.358/.790 with eight home runs. That's lifted his overallto 114, which isn't quite up to career norms but is impressive considering the depths of his start to the season.
Then on Thursday he did this as part of the Rockies' early keelhauling of the Brewers:
That's Arendo's third homer in the last two days, and since that 15-game homerless streak to start the season only Christian Yelich matches Arenado's tally of nine dingers. He's also now batting .288/.331/.576 while playing just 11 of his 31 games at Coors Field.
Thor beats the Reds all by himself
Mets righty Noah Syndergaard hasn't been himself on the mound thus far in 2019. Going into Thursday's start against the Reds, he was lugging around an ERA of 6.35 (although his of 3.70 suggests he's been a bit unlucky). In the NL, though, pitchers can rally to their own cause with the bat, and that's precisely when Thor did:
Opposite field power! Some digits on that blast ...
Yeah, 106 mph off the bat and more than 400 feet the other way means that was no cheapie. It was also the first time the Mets scored a run in the last 12 innings. On top of all that, it also conducted Syndergaard up the franchise ladder:
Noah Syndergaard now has 6 career HR, tied with Tom Seaver for 2nd-most among Mets pitchers. Only Dwight Gooden had more, with 7.— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) May 2, 2019
Syndergaard entered Thursday's tilt with a career OPS at the plate of .533 -- very close to Madison Bumgarner's mark of .542. That's not good production in a broader context, but it's good as pitchers go.
Oh, and let is be said that Syndergaard on this same day authored what's easily his best pitching performance of 2019:
That's some dominance right there. More:
By game score (88), today was the second-best outing of Noah Syndergaard’s career.— Jacob Resnick (@Jacob_Resnick) May 2, 2019
9/2/18: CG, 2 H, 1 ER, 11 K, 89 GSc
That's also just the third complete game shutout of the 2019 season by any pitcher. That ERA of his noted above? He shaved darn near a run and a half off of it with Thursday's effort. And:
So let's make that a final score of Thor 1, Reds 0..
Strasburg becomes fastest to 1,500 strikeouts
Dakota Hudson on Thursday night to join the 1,500- strikeout club. Here is the milestone strikeout:. The Nationals hurler fanned opposing starter
The milestone came in Strasburg's 1,272 1/3 inning pitched. Here are the quickest to 1,500 strikeouts in baseball history:
- Stephen Strasburg: 1,272 1/3 innings
- Chris Sale: 1,290 innings
- Kerry Wood: 1,303 innings
- Pedro Martinez: 1,337 innings
- Randy Johnson: 1,356 2/3 innings
Those are some brand names. Strasburg is currently third all-time with a 10.60 K/9 rate, trailing Sale (10.84) and Johnson (10.61)..
Anderson, Bellinger take home Player of the Month honors
The first full month of the 2019 season is in the books, so, on Tuesday, MLB announced their month award winners. The results:
Player of the Month
Tim Anderson, White Sox
Pitcher of the Month
Tyler Glasnow, Rays
Luis Castillo, Reds
Rookie of the Month
Brandon Lowe, Rays
Pete Alonso, Mets
Reliever of the Month
Kirby Yates, Padres
Bellinger. He currently leads MLB in batting average (.425), on-base percentage (.500), slugging percentage (.867), OPS (1.367), OPS+ (256), runs (32), hits (48), home runs (14), RBI (38), and total bases (98).
- Our own Mike Axisa has .
- The Angels aren't ready to activate DH Shohei Ohtani from the IL, and .
- Matt Snyder points out that Orioles 1B Chris Davis .
- Following the end of his suspension under MLB's domestic violence policy, INF Addison Russell has been added to the Cubs' 40-man roster and optioned to Triple-A. .
- The Nationals fired pitching coach Derek Lilliquist, GM Mike Rizzo announced. Minor league pitching coordinator Paul Menhart takes over as pitching coach.
- The Twins have placed LHP Adalberto Mejia on the 10-day injured list with a calf strain.
- The Cardinals have traded C Francisco Pena to the Giants in exchange for cash.