Cincinnati Reds infielder Scooter Gennett became the 17th player in baseball history to hit four home runs in one game, clubbing a quartet of home runs against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. One of the home runs was a grand slam, and he’s 5-for-5 with 10 RBI.
The Reds won this particular baseball game.
Gennett came into the game with three home runs on the season, and he left with seven. He had 38 career home runs, which was 2.2 percent of his 1,754 plate appearances. While he’s 27 with a lot of career left, it’s safe to suggest that this is the unlikeliest four-homer game in recent memory.
It’s this unfairness, this uncertainty that’s going to make sure that the MLB Draft will never, ever, ever enjoy a fraction of the popularity of the NFL or NBA Drafts. There’s too much time between the dream and the realization of those dreams. There are too many lions and tigers and bears between them and the realization of those dreams.
When I see NFL analysts complaining that immediate post-draft grades are useless, I want to shake them. Buddy, you have no idea.
Speaking of pitching rotations, LSU is probably the one team from this side of the bracket that could push Oregon State to the brink. Starters Alex Lange from the right and Jared Poche from the left form a commanding tandem, and their experience they both threw in Omaha two years again will certainly be welcome as the Tigers work their way through the week. Closers Zack Hess and Hunter Newman are capable mop-up men, with Newman owning just a 1.07 ERA.
Where LSU can really give Oregon State a run for its money is at the plate. As Aaron Fitt points out, the Tigers have scored nine or more runs 10 times over the course of their current 16-game winning streak. LSU exploded in the Baton Rouge super regional’s clincher, scoring 14 runs over a solid Mississippi State squad. Lightning rod Greg Deichmann has had an incredible year, knocking 19 home runs for a .606 slugging percentage.