Sports That Matters
June 20th, 2019
Welcome back, don’t forget the NBA Draft is tonight!
1. Major League Baseball results and news from Wednesday.
Phillies at Nationals (Game 1)
Patrick Corbin‘s start to open the Washington Nationals‘ series against the Philadelphia Phillies came nearly 48 hours later than expected. Corbin struck out eight over seven strong innings and Washington posted a 6-2 victory in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
Phillies at Nationals (Game 2)
Max Scherzer shrugged off a broken nose and black eye to throw seven shutout innings, Brian Dozier and Victor Robles hit solo homers, and the Washington Nationals completed a day-night doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies with a 2-0 victory Wednesday night. The Nationals have won 16 of their last 23, while Philadelphia has dropped seven of its last nine and 12 of 18.
Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (6-1, 4.89) is scheduled to start against the Nationals on Thursday. Nola is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in three starts this month.
Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-4, 3.75), who is 7-0 with a 2.97 ERA in his last 12 starts against Philadelphia, starts the series finale.
Mets at Braves
Mets: RHP Walter Lockett will make a spot start in his New York debut Thursday at Wrigley Field opposite Cubs RHP Tyler Chatwood. Lockett went 0-1 with a 3.28 ERA in three starts and one relief appearance with Triple-A Syracuse.
Braves: LHP Dallas Keuchel is set to make his 2019 debut Friday in Washington against RHP Stephen Strasburg. Keuchel went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA in 34 starts last year with Houston.
Astros at Reds
Gerrit Cole was in line for a rare win over Cincinnati. The Astros’ impressive streak of avoiding sweeps appeared safe once more. Rookie Nick Senzel singled home the tying run, and Jesse Winker followed with another single that gave the Reds a 3-2 victory Wednesday and ended the Astros’ long run of leaving towns with at least one win.
Astros: Left-hander Framber Valdez (3-2) opens a series against the Yankees in New York. It’ll be his third start of the season along with 14 relief appearances.
Reds: Tanner Roark (4-6) tries for his first win in June when the Reds open a series in Milwaukee. Roark is 0-3 in three June starts, allowing 12 runs, 10 earned in 18 innings.
Tigers at Pirates
Tigers: LHP Matthew Boyd (5-5, 3.35 ERA) will look for his first win since May 28 when he takes the mound against Cleveland on Friday. He gave up five runs, four earned, in four innings against Kansas City on June 13.
Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (4-7, 4.87) will attempt to rebound against San Diego on Friday after surrendering six runs on nine hits to Atlanta in four innings his last time out on June 13. Musgrove was ejected with two outs in the first inning of his previous start after grazing Josh Donaldson with a pitch.
White Sox at Cubs
White Sox: Following an off day, RHP Reynaldo Lopez (4-7, 6.31 ERA) starts Friday night at Texas. Lopez is 1/3 with an 8.88 ERA in his last five outings. RHP Ariel Jurado (4-3, 4.23 ERA) pitches for the Rangers in the opener of the weekend set.
Cubs: RHP Tyler Chatwood (3-1, 3.60 ERA) makes his second start of the season Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series against the New York Mets. Chatwood is stepping in for Kyle Hendricks, who is on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation. RHP Walker Lockett pitches for New York in his Mets debut.
Marlins at Cardinals
Marlins: Zac Gallen makes his major league debut Thursday night in St. Louis against his former organization. The 23-year-old righty was 9-1 with a 1.77 ERA at Triple-A New Orleans, striking out 112 in 91 1/3 innings. He was traded by the Cardinals to Miami in the deal for Ozuna after the 2017 season.
Cardinals: Plan to reinstate veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright (5-6, 4.46 ERA) from the injured list in the finale of a four-game series. Wainwright strained his left hamstring running the bases June 9. He has two shutouts in 11 career starts against Miami.
Brewers at Padres
Manny Machado missed a three-run home run by inches. Franmil Reyes did not, and for the first time ever, the San Diego Padres have multiple players with 20 home runs in the first half of a season. Reyes hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh and Eric Hosmer added a two-run shot for the Padres, who overcame three homers by the Milwaukee Brewers in an 8-7 win Wednesday for a three-game sweep.
Padres: LHP Eric Lauer (5-6, 4.60) is scheduled to start Friday night’s opener of a three-game series at Pittsburgh. The Pirates are set to start Joe Musgrove (4-7, 4.87), who beat his hometown Padres 6-4 on May 19 at Petco Park.
Rays at Yankees
DJ LeMahieu (Bill Kostroun)
Rays: RHP Charlie Morton (8-1, 2.37) starts the opener of a four-game series at Oakland on Thursday night.
RHP Frankie Montas (9-2, 2.85) is up for the A’s in a showdown of potential AL All-Star pitchers.
Yankees: RHP Chad Green (1-2, 7.54) is expected to pitch as an opener against Houston on Thursday.
LHP Framber Valdez (3-2, 2.77) is up for the Astros.
Angels at Blue Jays
Angels: LHP Jose Suarez (2-1, 4.50) allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings to beat Tampa Bay in his previous start.
Blue Jays: LHP Clayton Richard (0-3, 7.52) has allowed 12 earned runs in 7 2/3 innings over his past two outings.
Red Sox at Twins
Red Sox: Following an off day, Boston returns home Friday against Toronto. Chris Sale (3-7, 3.49 ERA) takes the mound for the Red Sox with the Jays starting Trent Thornton (2-5, 4.36). Sale has allowed two total runs over his past three starts and has struck out at least 10 batters in four straight games.
Twins: Jake Odorizzi (10-2, 2.24) will try to keep his run going as Minnesota opens a four-game series at Kansas City on Thursday. Odorizzi has won 10 straight decisions and beat the Royals in his last start. Kansas City will start Glenn Sparkman (1-3, 4.01).
Indians at Rangers
Indians RHP Shane Bieber (6-2, 3.92) will close out the series on Thursday afternoon. Bieber is 4-1 on the road in seven appearances, six starts.
Rangers LHP Mike Minor (6-4, 2.63) ranks fifth in the American League in ERA but is only 1-1 in his last five starts with only nine runs of support.
Orioles at Athletics
Chris Bassitt took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and won for the first time in more than three weeks as the A’s beat Baltimore 8-3 Wednesday, handing the Orioles their eighth straight loss.
Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (3-8, 4.44 ERA) has lost his last two starts entering Thursday’s game in Seattle. Bundy has made it past six innings twice in 14 starts this season.
Athletics: Frankie Montas (9-2, 2.85) takes a career-high five-game winning streak into Thursday’s start against Tampa Bay. The right-hander has faced the Rays once previously, as a reliever last season.
Royals at Mariners
Domingo Santana hit two home runs in a game for the third time this season, Marco Gonzales won his third straight start and the Seattle Mariners avoided an embarrassing series sweep with an 8-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
Royals: RHP Glenn Sparkman (1-3, 4.01 ERA) will face the Twins on Thursday night for the second time this week after giving up five runs and five hits in five innings of a loss last Saturday.
Mariners: Servais said he will likely use an opener Thursday and then turn to Wade LeBlanc (3-2, 6.20 ERA) in the series opener against Baltimore.
2. More MLB News & Notes…
The Dominican Republic’s lead prosecutor says former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was not the target of a shooting in a nightclub in his hometown on June 9.
The Red Sox put reliever Hector Velazquez, who pitched four innings in a 17-inning loss to the Twins Tuesday night, back on the injured list with a lower back strain.
The New York Yankees released veteran right-hander Danny Farquhar, who was trying to work his way back onto a major league roster after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm during a game while pitching for the Chicago White Sox last season.
With his 2nd HR of the night, Willson Contreras joined Aramis Ramírez as the only players in Cubs franchise history with multiple multi-HR games vs the cross-town White Sox. His 15 HR are now 5 more than he had in all of 2018.
Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill was removed from Wednesday night’s start against the Giants shortly after coming out to warm up for the second inning with the Dodgers leading, 3-0, on a Chris Taylor home run. The Dodgers reported he was experiencing left forearm discomfort.
The Padres will recall pitcher Chris Paddack from Single-A Lake Elsinore to start Saturday’s game against the Pirates. Paddack was optioned to Single-A last week in an effort to limit his innings. He has not pitched for Lake Elsinore.
After having a third starting pitcher go down due to injury, the Miami Marlins will finally give Zac Gallen a chance to build upon his breakout season at the top level. The right-hander will make his major league debut on Thursday after going 9-1 with a 1.77 ERA in 91 innings for the New Orleans Baby Cakes.
3. Looking ahead to the 2019 NBA Draft.
The 2019 NBA draft is Thursday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN), and there’s little consensus after the top three picks.
With Memphis seemingly set on Ja Morant at No. 2, veteran point guard Mike Conley Jr. has been dealt to the Utah Jazz for Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder, the no. 23 pick and a future first-round pick.
Maybe the top three isn’t as locked in as we thought. The Knicks are reportedly giving serious consideration to drafting Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland over RJ Barrett with the third pick.
The Atlanta Hawks are in discussions with the Pelicans for the fourth pick (recently acquired from the Lakers) in exchange for the Nos. 8 and 10 selections.
Chris Paul and his GM are both denying a report of instability and a trade request. The Houston Chronicle reports that the Rockets are planning to “aggressively” pursue Jimmy Butler in free agency.
The Boston Celtics have three-first round picks: 14, 20 and 22. They have been linked to the No. 4 pick, as well as Minnesota and Chicago.
Considering the Lakers’ cap sheet for next year currently consists of only James, Davis, Wagner, Jones, Bonga and Kyle Kuzma, this would represent a near complete clearing out of the Lakers’ depth.
Oklahoma City has increased its efforts this afternoon to shed salary along with the No. 21 pick en route to dodging luxury tax, league sources say. Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Dennis Schroeder all very available at the moment.
Australian basketball is coming off arguably its most successful year in the NBA, with 13 Aussies suiting up and gracing the NBA hardwood at some stage throughout the season. Of these 13 players, five made their NBA debuts, taking the total number of antipodes to have played in the NBA to 25.
This year, the consensus No. 1 pick in the NBA draft is a no-brainer: Zion Williamson. While there have been some mind-boggling lottery picks over the years (ahem, Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan in 1984 or Darko Milicic over Carmelo Anthony in 2003), it’s the botched No. 1 picks that stand out.
The cast of “Space Jam 2,” starring LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, will include James’ new teammate, Anthony Davis, as well as Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard, Golden State Warriors swingman Klay Thompson and James’ Banana Boat pal Chris Paul, according to multiple reports.