Welcome back to baseball, people! Oh man, did that break seem like forever or what? All that All-Star Game nonsense and all that silliness of the Home Run Derby come and gone and we’re almost none worse for the wear. How many of you Robinson Cano owners were freaking out when Matt Harvey plunked him on the knee in that first inning? And while his batting average is down in the dumps, Yoenis Cespedes probably didn’t do us any good by jacking all those home runs and doing who knows what to his wrist. The A’s seem to be downplaying his late scratch status on Friday due to wrist soreness, but yet again, the curse of the Derby rears its ugly head.
While the Fourth of July was celebrated on Thursday, Friday saw a whole lot more in the world of fireworks on the field. Nine teams plated six or more runs with three of those teams hitting double-digits. Meanwhile, teams that didn’t post a high run total were victims of some dazzling pitching performances and fantasy owners who make their living off streaming starters seemed to come out unscathed for the most part. But the best part of the fireworks that we saw on Friday was the fact that it was all about the role players and not so much about the marquee superstars. It was a night for some very unlikely heroes, so let’s get to it.