MLB Week in Review (April 13-19)

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The beginning of the week in the MLB was supposed to be a celebration of one of the greatest and most influential baseball players in MLB history. April 15th would mark Jackie Robinson Day in the MLB where every team and every player would wear the now league-wide retired #42. It was supposed to be a day of celebration for the man who broke the colour barrier in the American past time. For Boston it was also supposed to be a day of celebration of their history as Patriot’s Day would give everyone the day off. With this day off Bostonians celebrate as they are known to with plenty of sports. The Red Sox would play their traditional 11 am game while the Boston Bruins would play that night and in between would be the Boston Marathon. It was a day of celebration and a day of being with family but that would all change at 3:00 pm when disaster would strike. 4 hours into the Boston Marathon two explosions would rock the city and the nation. Two bombs would be detonated near the finish line seconds after each other and would take three lives while injuring over 100 spectators. The explosion would change the day completely as another attack would change everything in a matter of seconds. This time it would be a major sporting event and would be the first time an event like this would take the brunt of an attack. The sporting events of the day would be cancelled including the Boston Bruins game as the entire city would stay at a stand-still. The story would not end there as the entire week would see more information come out everyday. Eventually the police would get suspects for the bombings and would begin a manhunt throughout the suburbs of Boston. Friday would mark the day long manhunt where residents of Boston and the surrounding areas would be told to stay indoors while the police searched for one of the suspects. In the end one suspect would be killed and the other would be captured ending the fear for the time being. Among all of the chaos and the questions when anything like this happens there always seems to be one constant. Sports can divide cities and sometimes family but when a disaster grips a region sports serves as a unifying factor. As Boston continued to ask why this happened and tried to get back to normal one team seemed to stand out as a source of pride and unification. The Boston Red Sox would be the team that would bring this city back and show whoever attacked them that they will not be intimidated. The Red Sox has always been a source of pride and pain for the city and now they serve a much bigger role. The Red Sox have become a symbol of the city and a city that continues to stand up in the face of fear. The fact that the attacks happened during a sporting event has made the sports world stand up and support Boston. The New York Yankees, the Red Sox biggest rival, would play Sweet Caroline, a Red Sox tradition, during their next home game. All other teams would hold a moment of silence for those affected by the attacks. The sports world has come together to support Boston in this strange time where people still try to figure out what is going on. In the end the Boston Red Sox will act as a symbol of the city through their season with an entire city behind them and looking to them to help rebuild the city and the people of the city.

 

Extra Innings:
(Thoughts on the past week in the MLB)

The Man with the Biggest Impact
Before the tragedy in Boston April 15th was a day to honour Jackie Robinson as April 15th marked Jackie Robinson Day where all teams around the league celebrate the impact that Robinson had on the league

Yankees Leader Gets Bad News
Derek Jeter was expected to be back with the Yankees sometime in the next few months but an MRI this week would reveal a crack in his surgically repaired ankle meaning he will be out until the All-Star break

The New Ace
Matt Harvey would have his day in the spotlight as he would take on the Washington Nationals and Stephen Strasburg and would come out on top as the New York Mets would find their next ace after losing RA Dickey last year

Cincinnati’s Big Hearts
The Cincinnati Reds would make Teddy Kremer’s day on Friday as the 30-year old with Down Syndrome would be the honorary Bat Boy for the game and would ask Todd Frazier to hit a HR in the 6th inning which Frazier would gladly do

 

MLB Standings

American League
AL East:
1. Boston Red Sox (.733)
2. New York Yankees (.600)
3. Baltimore Orioles (.533)
4. Toronto Blue Jays (.412)
5. Tampa Bay Rays (.375)
AL Central:
1. Kansas City Royals (.571)
2. Detroit Tigers (.563)
3. Minnesota Twins (.462)
4. Chicago White Sox (.438)
5. Cleveland Indians (.333)
AL West:
1. Oakland Athletics (.706)
2. Texas Rangers (.625)
3. Seattle Mariners (.389)
4. Los Angeles Angels (.333)
5. Houston Astros (.313)

 

National League
NL East:
1. Atlanta Braves (.813)
2. Washington Nationals (.563)
3. New York Mets (.533)
4. Philadelphia Phillies (.412)
5. Miami Marlins (.235)
NL Central:
1. St. Louis Cardinals (.563)
2. Cincinnati Reds (.529)
3. Pittsburgh Pirates (.500)
4. Milwaukee Brewers (.467)
5. Chicago Cubs (.333)
NL West:
1. Colorado Rockies (.750)
2. San Francisco Giants (.588)
3. Arizona Diamondbacks (.563)
4. Los Angeles Dodgers (.467)
5. San Diego Padres (.313)

 

Scores:
Atlanta Braves 3 – 1 Washington Nationals
– The Braves are the one of the best teams in baseball so far this year and they would continue to play strong against their division rivals and World Series favorites as they would beat the Nationals to keep pulling away in the division

Los Angeles Angels 4 – 1 Houston Astros
– On paper this should have been an easy game for the Angels who were expected to compete for the division but with a slow start the Angels needed this win to climb out of the basement of the division and they would get it thanks to Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton

Detroit Tigers 2 – 1 Seattle Mariners (14th)
– In one of the best pitching battles that you will ever see “King” Felix Hernandez and Max Scherzer would each strikeout 12 batters with the final strikeout number reaching 40 strikeouts combined in the definition of a pitchers battle

New York Mets 7 – 1 Washington Nationals
– In a matchup of two young pitchers Matt Harvey would outduel Stephen Strasburg as the New York Mets seem to have found a replacement for last year’s ace and current Toronto Blue Jay RA Dickey

 

Next Week:
Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels (Monday April 22nd; 10:05 pm ET)
– The Angels are having a rough start to the year as they remain at the bottom of the division despite spending money in the offseason to get Josh Hamilton and they will try to climb back in an important series with the Rangers

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets (Wednesday April 24th; 7:10 pm ET)
– The New York Mets are hoping that Matt Harvey is the new ace of the MLB and he will make his next start since outdueling Stephen Strasburg as the spotlight is now on him as everyone will watch to see what he can do

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies (Thursday April 25th; 1:05 pm ET)
– The battle of Pennsylvania continues as the Phillies and Pirates as both teams are looking to get back into their division conversations as they have both gotten off to a slow start this season with high expectations heading into the season

Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics (Friday April 26th; 10:05 pm ET)
– Both of these teams would play the role of surprises in 2012 and this year they are beginning to show that it was no fluke as the Orioles continue to fight for the division while the Athletics are the best team in the MLB so far this year

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