Newsletter for games through 5-15-16

CYCLE: Charlie Blackmon of the Astros hit for the cycle against the Indians on May 9…took 5 at-bats to get the 4 hits, but got one of each!

COMMENTARY: 3 trades this week, led by Leo and the Rockies, to follow Josh Clark’s 3 trades last week made by the Royals….lots of chatter, and it seems like the trade floodgates are likely to open soon…NL news was San Franciso, who went 5-2, picked up 3 games in the standings, and launched into first…Rockies put up a 4-2 mark and are one of 4 teams within 2 games of first…Cubs ran the table, but the Cards won’t go away and also posted a winning record…NL East went nuts with 4 teams winning more than they lost, but Andy Somers still managed to gain ground in the division…Boston is roaring…best record in the AL and extended their lead…Baltimore continues to hang tight…Yankees refuse to give up, and won 4 of 7 this week….4 games separate first from last in the AL central, and the Royals had the best week of the bunch and only winning record in the division….Twins continue to hold their WOR lead….The Mariners might trade Felix just because they don’t need him; they had another big week and threaten to run away with the division….in May….monster game of the week goes to Mark Trumbo, who had 3 homers and 8 RBI against the Twins on May 9…May 9 was apparently a good day for hitters…Freddie Freeman had 3 HR and 6 RBI on the 11th…No word on whether Danny Wildes will fire the virtual Freddy Gonzalez yet…the only crime the virtual Rougned Odor committed on May 15 was robbing 3 hits; no electronic assaults…Scherzer had 14 strikeouts against Detroit on the 10th, 6 short of the record…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

Jonathan Schoop of BAL had 5 hits against MIN on 5/9/2016
Steven Souza of TBR struck out 4 times against SEA on 5/9/2016
Julio Urias of LAD had 11 strikeouts against NYM on 5/10/2016
Jake Arrieta of CHC had 12 strikeouts against SDP on 5/10/2016
Delino DeShields of TEX struck out 4 times against CWS on 5/10/2016
Jose Fernandez of MIA had 13 strikeouts against MIL on 5/10/2016
Xander Bogaerts of BOS had 5 hits against OAK on 5/11/2016
Gerrit Cole of PIT had 12 strikeouts against CIN on 5/11/2016
Jon Lester of CHC had 11 strikeouts against SDP on 5/11/2016
Adam Rosales of SDP struck out 4 times against CHC on 5/11/2016
Tyler Duffey of MIN had 14 strikeouts against BAL on 5/11/2016
Byung-ho Park of MIN hit 3 home runs against BAL on 5/11/2016
Aaron Hicks of NYY robbed 3 hits against KCR on 5/12/2016
Madison Bumgarner of SFG had 11 strikeouts against ARI on 5/12/2016
Matt Holliday of STL robbed 3 hits against LAD on 5/13/2016
Stephen Piscotty of STL struck out 4 times against LAD on 5/13/2016
Jung Ho Kang of PIT hit 3 home runs against CHC on 5/13/2016
Brian McCann of HOU struck out 4 times against BOS on 5/13/2016
Justin Verlander of DET had 11 strikeouts against BAL on 5/13/2016
J.T. Realmuto of MIA had 5 hits against WAS on 5/13/2016
Darwin Barney of TOR had 6 hits against TEX on 5/14/2016
Michael Saunders of TOR had 6 RBI against TEX on 5/14/2016
Ryan Flaherty of BAL robbed 3 hits against DET on 5/14/2016
Martin Prado of MIA robbed 3 hits against WAS on 5/14/2016
Julio Urias of LAD had 13 strikeouts against STL on 5/15/2016
Kirk Nieuwenhuis of MIL struck out 4 times against SDP on 5/15/2016
Jose Fernandez of MIA had 12 strikeouts against WAS on 5/15/2016
Danny Espinosa of WAS robbed 3 hits against MIA on 5/15/2016
Jacoby Ellsbury of NYY robbed 3 hits against CWS on 5/15/2016
Rougned Odor of TEX robbed 3 hits against TOR on 5/15/2016

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