The Houston Astros continued their hot streak, once again scoring a bundle of runs, on Monday night in an 8-1 lopsided win over the Detroit Tigers. Four men, including Alex Bregman, hit homers as they kept up what has been a torrid offensive pace of late. Monday’s win followed up two wins over the Rangers in which they had scored 15 and 11 runs, respectively and gives them nine wins out of the last ten, taking them into a comfy 6.5 game lead atop the AL West at this early stage. You just can’t see this team ever failing to score runs. It’s just a juggernaut and it’s going to be hard to keep them out of the postseason for years and years to come.
Shohei Ohtani hasn’t had the prettiest time of late. He was forced to have surgery on his arm, meaning he will not be out on the mound this season. However, he has returned to hitting of late, and that at least has given him a chance to shine at the plate. And shine did he ever on Monday as he lashed his first home run of the season in a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Twins. The Angels DH went 2-3 with two RBIs as he helped smash in Mike Trout to help them in the victory. Albert Pujols had an RBI of his own two innings later in the fifth. Unfortunately for Los Angeles, they are in second behind the Astros in the AL West, so they are very likely to be forced into looking for a Wild Card spot if they want to make the playoffs.
Speaking of playoffs, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing and Monday marked Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals match up between the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks. On home ice, the Sharks had been nearly impervious there all season long as they search for their first Stanley Cup, but they will now be forced to battle to get that home ice advantage back after a 4-2 defeat in Game 2. Logan Couture once again had a monster game for them with two goals, but those didn’t prove to be enough as Robert Bortuzzo scored the winner and Oskar Sundqvist added the clincher in the third period to help give them some insurance. The Blues also got two assists from Joel Edmundson to help them even up the series as it heads to St. Louis.
It had been speculated all day long on Monday that the Philadelphia 76ers would be getting rid of Head Coach Brett Brown after his team’s elimination at the hands of Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer beater in the Eastern Conference Semis on Sunday. But that will not be the case, with the team confirming that he would be staying put to keep on being part of The Process for the time being. Brown has the support of the players, so that is a major card that he has up his sleeve that has likely helped keep him in his position as of now.