So, let’s start with the obvious.
Baseball is back. Real baseball, that is.
That is where the focus of our attention will lie, rightly so. However, we are going to continue this series, just with a different twist. Now, we’ll do a weekly recap of all of the week’s games. The recaps will be shorter, without the box scores and pitching lines. At the end of the post, I’ll include the overall batting/pitching stats, as well as the most current standings. Any news that happens will be included as well. Hopefully, this will satisfy anyone that has diligently followed along with it as well as helps to put the focus of the site where it should be - on the field. So, here is what happened last week.
7/13 - 7/16
The teams were on their virtual All-Star break, with the HR Derby happening, as well as the All-Star game itself.
What a crazy one this turned out to be. As you can see from the graph, this game tilted heavily toward the Angels, mostly because virtual Aaron Nola has been pretty terrible lately, running his season ERA up to 5.09 following this 3 IP/5 ER start. However, that grand slam you see from Bryce Harper turned things around for a while. The game was won in the eighth when the Angels’ bullpen just completely fell apart. The win streak the team was on prior to the All-Star break ran to 6.
7/18 - Phillies 1, Angels 0
After the wildness that was the previous game, this was a relatively calm game. Spencer Howard started and continued his dominant run through the virtual season, going 6 1⁄3 here, striking out 8. The biggest blow was the home run by Andrew McCutchen that was the only run in the game.
7/19 - Phillies 7, Angels 6
Local boy Mike Trout finally made an impact on the series, delivering a two-run home run in the seventh that looked likely to finish off the Phillies and help salvage a game for the Angels before they head on their way, but that LA bullpen once again fell apart, this time after Cam Bedrosian, Bedrock’s son, gave up two home runs in the inning that sealed the fate for the Angels. The Phillies head out on the road to Washington after this one.
Here is the standings after this weekend’s games:
Batting stats through 7/19:
Pitching stats through 7/19: