Baseball is back! Well, sort of.
MLB The Show (The Show) is here for all you fans itching for action on the diamond, even if it’s of the simulated, digital variety. The new series from Den of Geek offers highlights from the (currently non-existent) 2020 season, produced using MLB The Show 20. Each week, we’ll break down a game in the season alongside guests from the baseball, entertainment, and comedy worlds. Watch episode 1 below, and read on for extras!
In Episode 1, “Almost Famous: Mike Trout,” (The Show) will center on the biggest star in the game, Mike Trout, and the hottest topic of the winter: the Houston Astros. We’ll examine their simulated Opening Day matchup against the Los Angeles Angels and reigning American League MVP Trout, a vocal critic of the sign stealing scandal Houston was found to have pulled off on their way to winning the 2017 World Series. Former major league pitcher and Emmy-winning broadcaster Nelson Figueroa and comedian Mike Kaplan join the conversation to discuss everything from the real-world challenges brought about by the novel coronavirus pandemic, to outside-the-box ideas for how the laid-back three-time MVP Trout can become a crossover star.
The scandal-plagued Houston Astros have taken a pounding all winter. The Los Angeles Angels ensured the reigning American League champions would continue taking their lumps in the spring, too.
The Halos hammered Houston hurlers with eight home runs — including three by Tommy La Stella and two from reigning AL MVP Mike Trout — and Angels starter Shohei Ohtani plunked Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve in the first inning en route to a 13-7 Opening Day victory at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
The beanballs clearly targeted Bregman, a core member of the 2017 World Series champion Astros that were found to have perpetrated an intricate sign stealing operation en route to the franchise’s first title. Leadoff hitter Michael Brantley, who signed with Houston ahead of last season after 10 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, was spared the wrath of the AL West rival Angels.
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