1. The Phillies fired Joe Girardi this morning
When you have an above-.500 team last year, add Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos and Brad Hand and Jeurys Familia — and so far this season the team is 22–29 and 12 games back in the NL East, well:
And they say some of your best thinking comes when you get outside and go for a run or walk — it might just be true.
2. The Brewers had a signature comeback win last night
First, the three-run triple to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, off the bat of Jace Peterson.
And then, Andrew McCutchen came up and drove home the winner.
3. There’s a brand new baseball nickname going around
Probably as unfortunate as a moniker can get.
4. And Nestor “The Molester” Cortes might just start the All-Star Game
If he keeps up his current form, it’s entirely on the table.
5. Shohei Ohtani had a bad day in New York
The Angels were swept (eight losses in a row), he got rocked on the mound and just to top it off — picked off at first base.
6. But Ohtani got an excellent headline in The Onion
Their writing standards have fallen greatly, but that’s a good one.
7. The Dodgers took the first game of the Mets series out in LA
The first meeting of the year between the two premier teams in the National League — and the Dodgers win it, 2–0.
And they managed to squeak by and survive a bizarre play in the fifth inning, as the Mets ruin their rundown know-how.
8. An usher at Wrigley Field destroyed a beautiful cup stack
This world can be so senseless and cruel.
9. Jameson Taillon carried a perfect game into the 8th inning
And hardly anyone expected it, but this Yankees pitching staff looks excellent, deep, consistent — and everything they’ll need to compete so far this year.
10. The Blue Jays sweep the White Sox, winning eight in a row
A slow start to the most-hyped team in the American League, but now at the start of June they’re right back in the mix.
11. The Mets aren’t doing too great out in L.A.
12. And lastly, Rob Manfred responds to an 82-page plea about the Armando Galarraga game
It was twelve years ago yesterday, when the perfect game was thrown but not counted, after the infamous blunder by the umpire at first base. In the meantime, students at Monmouth University submitted a proposal to have it count as an official perfect game — and now, the response: