Am I the only one who is bothered by teams playing each other in back to back weeks? This weekend, the Red Sox are playing the New York Yankees, a series that just occurred 5 days ago in Boston. The scheduling is so bad that we are seeing the same pitching matchups as last weekend. Rick Porcello threw for Boston and Michael Pineda threw for the Yankees last night. Today, we are seeing David Price go up against Nathan Eovaldi, which we saw on Sunday Night Baseball this past Sunday. This is not the first time that something like this has happened this season as a few weeks ago Kershaw and Bumgarner matched up in a similar situation. Now I was not complaining that I got to see Kershaw and Bumgarner match up two times in a row but I think it is poor scheduling.
Personally, I do not want to see the same teams play in back-to-back weekends and I definitely do not want to see the same pitching matchups. I understand that the Red Sox and Yankees play each other 19 times throughout the course of a season, and that is a number that I wish would go down but that’s another argument for another day. If anyone is reading this, please, let’s change the scheduling!
- Another note from yesterday is it was announced that Garrett Richards from the Los Angeles Angels will miss the rest of the season as he needs TJ surgery. This is a huge loss for the Angels as they lose their ace, who was having a good season posting a 2.34 ERA. The Angels’ rotation has struggled this season and losing Richards will only make matters worse. The Angels are going to have to rely on some young arms to try and keep themselves in the race as the season continues. As for Richards, it is a shame for this talented kid. This will be the second year he will be missing due to injury. In 2014, he missed the end of the season due to a torn Achilles injury that he hurt covering first base in a game in Boston. I hope Richards can come back and be the pitcher that he has shown he can be because when he is healthy, he is one of the toughest right-handed pitchers in all of baseball.
- Also the strikeout of David Ortiz last night might have been one of the worst calls I have seen in a while. Not only did Ron Kulpa blow the 3-1 pitch that would have tied the game up, he completely missed the 3-2 pitch that was very low. Kulpa was awful all night as players who normally do not argue balls and strikes were arguing balls and strikes. Kulpa had this smirk on his face that looked like he could care less. The MLB should review Kulpa’s poor performance because something should be done about this. Yes, I am a Sox fan and I am definitely favoring the Sox in this case.