The Pirates and the Angels can’t be ignored anymore.
Through 12 games the Pirates are 9-3 and through 14 games the Angels are 11-3. What isn’t clear is how far these teams will go this season, but what is very apparent is they will be far from punchlines.
Pittsburgh dropped the Cubs 6-1 Thursday taking two out of three from the National League Central Division favorites. A big reason for the Pirates’ hot start has been the play of the man who replaced a fan favorite in Andrew McCutchen. Corey Dickerson extended his hitting streak to seven games and scored yet another run marking the sixth time in seven games he has crossed the plate.
“I’m very pleased with what we’re doing. I think they’ll tell you the same thing,” manager Clint Hurdle told reporters after the game, via MLB.com. “I don’t think anybody will tell you they’re satisfied.”
For the Angels it has been about a little bit of everything, but Shohei Ohtani keeps on impressing. This time as a hitter Ohtani cleared the bases with a triple. He is batting .346 through 26 at-bats this season.
Oh yeah, and remember Mike Trout? He’s still really good. The MVP hit his fifth home run of the season and has now hit home runs in all five series on the year. The Angels, who led MLB with 20 home runs coming into Thursday, added two more home runs in their 7-1 win over the Royals.
Studs of the Night
DJ LeMahieu went 4 for 5 with two home runs, two doubles and four RBIs in the Rockies 5-1 win over the Nationals.
Rick Porcello threw seven innings of two-hit, no-run, six-strikeout ball in the Red Sox’ 6-3 win over the Yankees. Porcello now has a 1.29 ERA against the Yankees at Fenway with seven straight starts, allowing two earned runs or less while pitching at least six innings.
Twins pitcher Jose Berrios was dominant, tossing seven innings while allowing no runs with 11 strikeouts in a 4-0 win over the White Sox.
Dud of the Night
Reds reliever Zack Weiss threw 15 pitches in a 13-4 loss to the Cardinals. Only three of those pitches were strikes. He gave up two hits and four earned runs.
Austin Hedges is known for his pitch framing, but his ability to make the highlight-reel play can’t go unnoticed.
You’ve got to be kidding, Austin Hedges. pic.twitter.com/27rQZTcELO
— MLB (@MLB) April 13, 2018
Brewers (7-6) at Mets (10-1) 7:10 p.m. ET — The Mets have been a pleasant surprise to start the season, but Steven Matz (0-1, 3.00 ERA) is still trying to find his best stuff as he has walked five batters already in nine innings. Zach Davies (0-1, 5.40 ERA) has not been nearly as good as he was last year, but he has shown he can be very good just like Matz. We’ll see if either pitcher finds it Friday.