Things arent going to get any easier for the Orioles this weekend as they head to Houston for a series against the first-place Astros. It was right about this time last year, late May but not quite Memorial Day, the Orioles got swept and everything seemed terrible for a while. This year, everything seems terrible already before the Orioles even arrive in Houston.
The San Francisco Giants have been a bad baseball team in 2017. After an awful 12-24 start, they had played a little better, winning three series in a row -- three of four against the Cincinnati Reds, two of three against the Los Angeles Dodgers, two of three against the St. Louis Cardinals. This tough stretch of games then headed to Wrigley Field, and after winning the series opener, the Giants lost the final three, including a 5-1 loss Thursday as Jeff Samardzija served up three home runs and the offense scraped out just five hits even while striking out only one time. Samardzija continues to frustrate, posting terrific peripheral numbers -- he had eight strikeouts in seven innings on Thursday and has a season strikeout-to-walk ratio of 79-to-11 -- but hasn't been terrific at limiting runs.
Max Scherzer was in fine form for the Washington Nationals in MLB, while Tim Adleman led the Cincinnati Reds. Scherzer struck out 13 batters while allowing just one run over 8.2 innings as the reigning National League (NL) Cy Young winner led the Nationals to a 5-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday. Bryce Harper crushed another home run – his 15th of the season – and is now batting a cool .340 after struggling to find first base last year.