Finishing Important Games and Other Wild Card Thoughts: Locked On MLB – August 23, 2019

781CC1E9-D05E-41B8-B1A5-7BF1EA74BD5BThe Red Sox and Royals finished a meaningless game while the Mets and Indians cut short a meaningful game. Strange things are happening in a Wild Card race where a game could make the difference.

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The Summer Score – Updated for August 23, 2019

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It is time to update The Summer Score. For an explanation of The Summer Score, click HERE.

We are now in Aug. So this month, each day a team is in a playoff position is worth THREE POINTS on their Summer Score.

The Twins, Astros, Yankees, Athletics and Rays are from the American League.
The Dodgers, Cardinals, Braves, Nationals and Cubs are from the National League.

SUMMER SCORE RANKINGS FOR AUGUST 23, 2019

AMERICAN LEAGUE

HOUSTON ASTROS – 161 (May 28 – August 23)
MINNESOTA TWINS – 161 (May 28 – August 23)
NEW YORK YANKEES – 161 (May 28 – August 23)
TAMPA BAY RAYS – 139 (May 28 – July 19, July 27, August 2 – August 23)
CLEVELAND INDIANS – 121 (June 23 – June 27, July 3 – July 13, July 16 – August 22)
OAKLAND ATHLETICS  – 50 (May 28 – June 1, July 3, July 14 – July 26, July 28 – July 31, August 21 – August 23)
TEXAS RANGERS – 27 (June 1 – June 19, June 26 – July 2)
BOSTON RED SOX – 19 (May 28 – June 1, June 5 – June 8, June 17 – June 23, June 26, July 27)

NATIONAL LEAGUE

ATLANTA BRAVES – 161 (May 28 – August 23)
CHICAGO CUBS – 161 (May 28 – August 23)
LOS ANGELES DODGERS – 161 (May 28 – August 23)
WASHINGTON NATIONALS – 119 (July 4 – July 5, July 8 – August 23)
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES – 77 (May 28 – June 20, June 26 – June 29, July 1 – July 4, July 6, July 13, July 15 – July 17, July 20, July 31, August 2, August 4 – August 8, August 17)
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS – 75 (June 23 – June 24, July 16, July 20, July 23 – August 5, August 12 – August 23)
MILWAUKEE BREWERS – 72 (May 28 – July 7, July 14, July 18 – July 19, July 21 – July 22, July 27, August 8 – August 11)
COLORADO ROCKIES – 14 (June 20 – July 2)
SAN DIEGO PADRES – 1 (June 1)

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Who Owned Baseball – August 22, 2019

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Let’s see owned baseball on August 22, 2019

Earning Full WOBs:

Willy Adames went 3 for 4 with a homer and 3 RBI to power the Rays past Baltimore, 5-2.

Gerrit Cole struck out 12 Tigers over 7 shutout innings to earn the 6-3 decision for the Astros.

Kyle Hendricks threw 7 shutout innings, striking out 7, as the Cubs blanked the Giants, 1-0.

Howie Kendrick single, doubled and homered, driving in 3, as the Nationals topped the Pirates, 7-1.

Earning 1/2 WOBs:

Sandy Alcantara allowed just 1 unearned run over 7 innings, striking out 7 Braves along the way. The Marlins bullpen blew the lead and the game, 3-2.

Starlin Castro went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI but the Marlins were edged by Atlanta, 3-2.

Gleyber Torres went 4 for 4 with 2 homers in the Yankees 5-3 loss in Oakland.

Jacob Waguespack tossed 7 innings of 1 hit shutout ball, striking out 5 Dodgers, but the Blue Jays bullpen dropped the 3-2 final.

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