I’m really, really worried about your team. The rankings (records through Wednesday’s games): 1. Houston Astros (31-16; Previous: 3): Three years since Sports Illustrated said they’d win in ’17, and now everything feels a little stale. 2. Washington Nationals
Jake Lamb homered off a left-hander for only the second time this season, five Diamondbacks drove in at least one run and Arizona beat Chicago 8-6 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep of the White Sox. The Diamondbacks won for the eighth time in nine games and are 10 games above .500 (29-19) for the first time since 2011. Arizona scored six runs in the fifth inning, chasing starter Jose Quintana and building a six-run lead, but they had to hold off a White Sox rally.
Coming up at some point in the next couple months, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak is going to have to make a decision about first base. Rhys Hoskins just will not stop tearing up AAA pitching, batting .333/.432/.686 with a OPS of 1.118 that is far and away the best in the International League. The next closest player’s OPS is .948, by the way. The 24-year-old has 13 homers, 37 RBIs, 11 doubles and 2 triples, and shows the kind of plate discipline that a rare few in the organization possess. But he’s not coming to the Majors anytime soon, and that’s because Tommy Joseph is batting .255/.316/.467 with 7 home runs and 22 RBIs, coming off a season in which he blasted 21 dingers in just 347