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MLB has middle child syndrome

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Super Bowl LIV was still being celebrated on the field by the Kansas City Chiefs when MLB sent out the pic you see up above. Andy Reid was probably on the stage expounding his great love for the celebratory cheeseburger when they felt compelled to let everyone know that it's "Our turn." Really guys? This has been happening for the last few years. Similar tweets, similar timing, all the same message: it's time to pay attention to us now sports world. It's time someone sat MLB down and told them of their place in the pecking order.

Look at me guys!

The need to draw attention to one's self screams middle child syndrome. It's when the second of three kids feels left out with no defined role in the family because it's no longer the baby and not the first born. Why else would they feel the need to let the world know their season is about to start? People don't care enough about baseball and MLB is the reason why. They have a lot of work to do in order to bring organic attention to themselves. Tweets like this make them look thirsty.

Barely second

MLB, for now, is the second most popular sport in the country. If they're not careful, they'll fall to third behind basketball. There are a myriad of things they need to improve upon in order to stand firm in the two hole and fend off basketball, but that's another article for another day. Basketball, by some metrics, will appear to be third. But when you look at how modern the NBA is and how wildly popular the NCAA Tournament is, I don't see how baseball can rival that. Men literally plan vasectomies around the NCAA Tournament. When was the last time anyone planned anything around something baseball-related? Soccer is coming on strong with the youth movement and guys like Christian Pulisic are going to push it forward and could even surpass baseball if it isn't more careful.

It used to be the most popular

You ever sat around and talked about the good old days? If you're as old, or older, than I am, it's something you do quite often. Things that remind you of your youth when you're an old will give you some life, especially when the memories are good ones. MLB does this way too much. Its over-reliance on antiquated traditions are also what tends to hold the sport back. I love history so don't take this as a knock. But MLB needs to find a balance between honoring its traditions and coming into the 21st century. Don't be Al Bundy MLB.

If they aren't careful, MLB will wake up one day further towards the back of the line instead of the front. They're being pushed and challenged, but aren't fighting back much. This is like watching an MMA fight, but one fighter has on boxing gloves. The fans who once had baseball and MLB as the undisputed number one are literally dying off. The way we consume sports is changing. MLB has to continue to evolve or it will become a victim of it's middle child syndrome.

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Houston drops the opener

Angels use big sixth inning to take opener from Astros

Houston's offense started hot, then went cold Monday. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images.

With a 2-1 series win under their belt to start this ten-game homestand, the Astros turned the page to a three-game set with the Angels on Monday night. Things started strong for Houston, building an early lead, but it would erode in the middle innings as the Angels would respond with a big sixth inning to take the opener.

Final Score: Angels 5, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 18-17, tied for second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Suarez (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Brandon Bielak (1-2)

Houston Builds an early lead

After a 1-2-3 top of the first by Luis Garcia, Houston would start the scoring in the bottom of the inning. Back-to-back walks set things off, setting up an RBI ground-rule double by Alex Bregman, giving them the 1-0 lead. Kyle Tucker lead the bottom of the second off with a double, then came around to score on an RBI single by Myles Straw, then Michael Brantley made it 3-0 with an RBI double later in the inning.

Los Angeles roars back to take the lead

Los Angeles trimmed the lead to two runs in the top of the fourth with an RBI double, but Houston was able to get that run back on another RBI by Straw in the bottom of the fifth. Things fell apart for Garcia in the top of the sixth, with back-to-back one-out solo homers trimming the lead to one run and ending his night there: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 HR, 92 P.

The Angels didn't stop there, getting two more runs to take the lead off of Brandon Bielak, who managed just one out while blowing the lead. Brooks Raley would enter to get the final out of the inning, then tried to keep the deficit at one run when he returned in the top of the seventh. It looked like things might unravel for him, allowing the first two batters to reach base on a walk and single, but he would battle back to strike out the next three straight to strand both.

Angels take the opener

Joe Smith took over in the top of the eighth, still 5-4, but would get two outs while allowing a double in his three batters before Houston moved on to Kent Emanuel, who finished the inning off. After another scoreless inning for Houston's offense, Emanuel remained in the game in the top of the ninth to keep a walk-off chance alive, and he would do so by erasing a walk to send the one-run game to the bottom half. The Astros wouldn't pull off a comeback, though, dropping the opener to Los Angeles.

Up Next: The middle game of this series will be another 7:10 PM Central start on Tuesday night. It shapes up to be an exciting pitching matchup, with Lance McCullers Jr. (2-1, 3.58 ERA) for Houston going up against the two-way star Shohei Ohtani (1-0, 2.41 ERA) for Los Angeles.

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