The seventh Sunday of the 2022 Major League Baseball season was action-packed and ended a pretty dramatic weekend. As always, a “weekend” in baseball terms is a series of days off, meaning a return to Friday games, and in some cases even Thursdays. Let’s recap some of what we’ve seen and then look at the coming week.
Highlights of the weekend
Tigers center fielder Daz Cameron, take that away!
Even if his approach made this piece look relatively simple, the degree of its complexity is over the top. As he runs both back and towards right field, Cameron has to keep an eye on the ball, timing the jump accurately and knowing exactly where the wall is. He also needed the presence of mind to get the ball into a double play quickly. Just a great play.
Red Sox, sailor beating story
The Red Sox opened the week by taking two for three from the red-hot Astros. While the competition wasn’t as fierce, there was total dominance this weekend series. The Red Sox defeated the Mariners 33–18 in a four-game rally. It ended with a Grand Slam in extras from Franchi Cordero:
Cordero was the star that ended the series, but the series as a whole was owned by Trevor Storey. On Thursday, he went 4 for 4 with three homers, seven RBIs and five runs scored. He had a two-way homer that cut the Mariners’ early lead in half, a two-way homer to even it, a go-ahead, an RBI knockout, and then added a three-way shot. On Friday, he won the Grand Slam. Sunday, he homered to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead in the sixth.
That’s five home runs and 13 RBIs in a four-game series.
The Red Sox have won eight of their last 10 games. The Mariners, on the other hand, went 1-6 last week after a good run of wins over the Mets in New York.
Debut of big prospects
The Cardinals called up second baseman Nolan Gorman just in time for the entire weekend streak. The 22-year-old, who swings with his left hand, led the underage with 15 homers. Well, he’s still looking for his first MLB home run, but he had solid results in the Cardinals’ three-game draw over the Pirates. Gorman went 5 for 10 with two doubles, two walks, an RBI and four runs scored. Not a bad start.
The main news of the weekend came to Baltimore as the debut of 2019’s No. 1 overall, Adley Rutchman, who is also considered the best player in all of baseball.and he followed that up with another knock on Sunday. The Orioles are looking to Rutchman to be the franchise’s cornerstone as they gradually return to the rivalry.
Dodgers and Phillies change script due to exit error
The Phillies won three out of four games at Dodger Stadium last weekend, and the Dodgers were in danger. In the end, the Dodgers rallied in the ninth inning on Sunday and won straight away to save the game.
This time around, the Dodgers won games on Friday and Saturday, extending their winning streak to six. After two early runs, including a home run off a rising Mookie Betts, and a strong start from Tony Gonsolin, the Dodgers were in the lead for most of Sunday’s game. They were all determined to close the case with a sweep in Philadelphia.
Only this time, the Phillies rallied and equalized in ninth place. And then they won in the extras … pretty stupid. In fact, the Dodgers got the ball they needed to end the game, but second baseman Max Munsey kicked him and two balls were scored to give the Phillies the win:
Of course, thanks to Roman Quinn for the speed, but this is a game to be played.
The stupidity must have been contagious, as earlier in the inning, J.T. Realmuto had fallen in love with Justin Turner’s deck and was flagged when he swerved off third base.
Regardless, the Phillies come away with Sunday’s win and a season-long series win over the Dodgers.
Padres make a road announcement
The Padres had a real ride. We’ll be back a second or more than this weekend. Last weekend they took two out of three in Atlanta. Even if the Braves aren’t as strong as they were at the end of last season, they’re still a formidable opponent. Then the Padres went to Philadelphia and took two out of three there – and remember, the Phillies just won three out of four in Los Angeles. San Diego then flew across the country seven days a week to take on a fellow NL West contender at the Giants. .
The Padres survived 10 innings on Friday with some late clutch pressing. On Saturday, they beat Joe Musgrove’s right hand (seven scoreless innings) to take another win by a margin.
If the Padres can hold on Sunday (GameTracker here), they’ll go three games in San Francisco to complete a 7-2 road trip that will move them into the polygames away from the Dodgers in the NL West.
Miggy, Pujols leaderboard update
Tigers legend Miguel Cabrera doubled in the first inning on Sunday. It was Cabrera’s illustrious career number 603, tying him with Cal Ripken Jr. for 16th all-time. Paul Molitor and Paul Vaner (605) are next, followed by Hank Aaron (624) in 13th. Albert Pujols is fifth all-time with 674 points, although we are not here for news of his doubles.
Pujols homered Sunday. Twice. Here is the first one:
As with doubles, Pujols also ranks fifth in career home runs. He now has 683 career points and 4 for the season. Alex Rodriguez is in fourth place with 696 points and then of course 700 is the number many people look up to.
It was also the 62nd multiplayer game of Pujols’ career, placing him in sixth-highest scoring with Aaron and A-Rod of all time. The record is held by Babe Ruth (72), Barry Bonds (71), Sammy Sosa (69), Mark McGuire (67) and Willie Mays (63).
Brewers at Padres (three games starting Monday): Potential playoff previews are always fun, even when October is still so far away. These two teams only play each other seven times in the regular season, all of which take place over the next few weeks. It starts here in the beautiful Petco Park and both teams are going pretty well. In fact, the best result in the Netherlands until May is available to both.
Red Sox v White Sox (three games starting Tuesday): Both teams were in the playoffs last season and had high hopes for 2022 before getting off to a poor start. Just a few weeks ago, the Red Sox had nine games under .500, but they’ve been hot ever since. The White Sox had an eight-game losing streak and have been working on a rebuild ever since. The White Sox defeated the Red Sox at the Fenway May 6–8. Is it time for the Red Sox to repay the favor with a road sweep?
Yankees at Rays (four games starting Thursday): Would the division be within reach here? It may not be. Even though it’s a four-game streak, the Yankees entered Sunday with a 5 1/2 lead in East Alabama, and before that, there are games where things can change. However, these are the top two teams in one of the toughest divisions in baseball, so this series is a must-watch. It is also the first series between the two teams this season. The Rays won the season series, 11-8, last year.
Brewers at Cardinals (four games starting Thursday): Obviously we’ve been following the Brewers all week. This could end in a streak with consequences that will reverberate throughout the season. It seems clear enough that out of the five NL Central teams, there are three outright non-contenders. These two teams remain. How close will it be? A streak earlier in the week will help determine that, but by Monday the Brewers will have a three-game lead, so it’s entirely possible that will change during next weekend’s streak in St. Louis.