Major League Baseball saw six clubs score more than 10 runs on Saturday.
Runs have been at a real premium this season in Major League Baseball. As more hitters look to rely on increasing their launch angles to beat shifts, strikeouts have greatly risen and batting averages have plummeted. When looking through starting lineups of teams like the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians, you see underwhelming offenses, full of guys struggling to stay above the Mendoza-line.
As the brutal winter weather finally gives way to spring, can fans expect to see a more entertaining product on the field? The answer is yes and Saturday showed us that.
Six MLB teams scored more than 10 runs in their game on Saturday. It’s been done once before this season, but this day was different. This day was full of examples of why baseball is such a beautiful game.
New York Yankees (11) vs Los Angeles Angels (1)
The Yankees entered this weekend riding a six-game winning streak and clicking on all cylinders. Going up against Angels’ ace Garrett Richards, who had given up just 10 runs run 26 innings, the Yankees scored 11 runs on 14 hits, chasing off Richards after just 1.2 innings.
Believe it or not, the Yankees failed to hit a single home run. Highly touted rookie Miguel Andujar knocked around two singles and a double while the bat of Gary Sanchez finally got hot, hitting two doubles and scoring three runs.
San Diego Padres (12) vs New York Mets (2)
The Padres entered this season with a lot of excitement after bringing in Eric Hosmer and Freddy Galvis to help bolster the offense and defense. Unfortunately, injuries have severely hindered San Diego from gaining any sort of traction or stability.
The bats woke up in a major way last night at Petco Park. Austin Hedges, Manuel Margot, and Galvis, who all entered Saturday hitting well below .200, combined to record seven hits and score five runs.
Fans also witnessed another moonshot by Franchy Cordero. The rookie has already hit a 489 foot home run, the longest of the season, and last night he added another rocket.
Houston Astros (11) vs Oakland Athletics (0)
The defending World Series champs took a different approach to their offensive output, utilizing the long ball to put on a show in front of the home crowd.
Jose Altuve, Derek Fisher, George Springer, and Marwin Gonzalez all went yard for the Astros.
Altuve ended the night 4-5 with that home run and his eighth double of the season. He’s hitting .351 through the first month of play. Meanwhile, Alex Bregman went 2-3 with two walks, also recording his eighth double and raising his average to .267.
Seattle Mariners (12) vs Cleveland Indians (4)
At 37 years of age, Nelson Cruz can still demolish a baseball. Whether you are a fan of the Mariners or not, the former home run champion is fascinating to watch.
Nelson Cruz for #Mariners today:
116.9 mph single
114.8 mph single
114.1 mph double
That makes him the 1st player since #Statcast started with 3 batted balls of 114+ mph in a game — let alone 3 base hits.
Cruz (four hits) and Jean Segura (three hits) combined for seven of the 12 hits on the night for the Seattle Mariners. Don’t look now, but the Mariners are 15-11 and playing really good baseball.
Tampa Bay Rays (12) vs Boston Red Sox (6)
The Boston Red Sox entered this weekend with the best record in baseball, but the surging Tampa Bay Rays didn’t care. The two teams combined for 30 hits on Saturday, led by Matt Duffy’s four-hit performance. Much of the damage inflicted by the Rays came off Red Sox starting pitcher David Price. Price gave up eight hits, five earned runs, and four walks in 5.2 innings.
Boston fans can hang their hats on 21-year-old elite prospect, Rafael Devers. Devers chipped in three hits, including this opposite-field shot over the Green Monster at Fenway Park.
Los Angeles Dodgers (15) vs San Francisco Giants (6)
Fans in San Francisco were treated to not just one unbelievable game, but two. In the matinee performance, the Dodgers scored 15 runs on 20 hits! Only one of those hits was a home run, a solo shot by Chris Taylor in the fourth inning. Chase Utley and Joc Pederson went a combined 8-10 at the plate, driving in six total runs.
While this isn’t an offensive stat from yesterday, baseball was treated to Pablo Sandoval taking the mound. It was glorious and worth watching over and over.
Pablo Sandoval, Filthy Two Pitch Sequence (87mph Fastball and 70mph Curveball). 🐼🔥
Are hitters finally settling into their routine? We’ll see over the next few days, however, yesterday was a great day for baseball, across the league.