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0 What You Need to Know: So This Is Matt Harvey! by Daniel Rathman
3 What You Need to Know: Yu is Back; Baseball Better by Ashley Varela
6 What You Need to Know: Would You Believe It, A New Strikeout Record by Daniel Rathman
1 What You Need to Know: Jake Arrieta, Imperfect by Demetrius Bell
1 What You Need to Know: Chris Sale, Imperfect by Emma Baccellieri
0 What You Need to Know: About That Kershaw Walk... by Nicolas Stellini
2 What You Need to Know: Matt Cain's Campaign To Get His 2018 Option Picked Up Wins the Weekend by Ashley Varela
3 What You Need to Know: So This Is Matt Harvey? by Nicolas Stellini
0 What You Need to Know: You Could Wake Up Tomorrow to the Phillies in First Place by Demetrius Bell
2 What You Need to Know: We Can Beat Rizzo, For Just One Day by Emma Baccellieri
5 What You Need to Know: Jose Berrios: Not An Instant Ace by Daniel Rathman
1 What You Need to Know: Papi Endings by Ashley Varela
0 What You Need to Know: 77 Strikeouts, 4 Walks by Emma Baccellieri
6 What You Need to Know: Max Scherzer Is Our Greatest Active Historic-Start Pitcher by Demetrius Bell
2 What You Need to Know: I Have Seen The Royals, And That Team Last Night Was Not The Royals by Nicolas Stellini
5 What You Need to Know: Sonny Gray's Short-Lived Mound Shuffle by Daniel Rathman
6 What You Need to Know: The One With All the Home Runs by Ashley Varela
1 What You Need to Know: Yankees Find a New Way to Lose by Emma Baccellieri
6 What You Need to Know: Cubs Ace Test, Now Face Test by Demetrius Bell
0 What You Need to Know: Not Tonight, Sweet Papelbon, Not Tonight by Nicolas Stellini
0 What You Need to Know: Nomar Mazara Makes Five Of Us Look Smart by Daniel Rathman
5 What You Need to Know: Zimmermann Dealin' by Ashley Varela
2 What You Need to Know: Meet the Phillies by Nicolas Stellini
1 What You Need to Know: The Braves Might Not Have a Floor by Demetrius Bell
5 What You Need to Know: David Price is a True Red Sox by Emma Baccellieri
2 What You Need to Know: Chris Archer Says Goodbye To All That by Daniel Rathman
4 What You Need to Know: FernandoMaedaia? by Ashley Varela
1 What You Need to Know: Arrieta's Masterpiece, Kershaw's Accident by Nicolas Stellini
0 What You Need to Know: Raisel Iglesias' Deus Ex Machina by Demetrius Bell
6 What You Need to Know: Early-Season Perfections Fall Apart by Emma Baccellieri
2 What You Need to Know: Let's Roll It Up by Daniel Rathman
3 What You Need to Know: Psst: Jake Arrieta Has A 0.91 ERA Over His Past 169 Innings by Ashley Varela
0 What You Need to Know: Nobody Is 0-21, Yet by Nicolas Stellini
2 What You Need to Know: The Return Of The Four-Out Save by Demetrius Bell
0 What You Need to Know: When You Had a Taste of Paradise, Back on Earth Can Feel As Cold As Ice by Emma Baccellieri
1 What You Need to Know: The Year Of The Botched Infield Fly by Daniel Rathman
0 What You Need to Know: The Fella's Last Name Is Story by Ashley Varela
2 What You Need to Know: The One Unambiguous Evil In This World Is Kyle Schwarber Going Down In A Heap by Nicolas Stellini
1 What You Need to Know: Need Cano Basehits! by Demetrius Bell
4 What You Need to Know: Noah Syndergaard and the 95 mph Slider by Emma Baccellieri
14 What You Need to Know: Picking Up Where They Left Off by Daniel Rathman
2 What You Need to Know: The Race is Long, And in the End It's Only With Yourself by Ashley Varela
6 What You Need to Know: Fin by Ian Frazer and Daniel Rathman
0 What You Need to Know: Wild! by Chris Mosch
0 What You Need to Know: Cardinals Clinch; Cardinals Are Doomed? by Daniel Rathman
6 What You Need to Know: The Chaos Chase by Daniel Rathman
1 What You Need to Know: September 29, 2015 by Ian Frazer
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0 What You Need to Know: September 25, 2015 by Chris Mosch
0 What You Need to Know: September 24, 2015 by Daniel Rathman
The Mets erstwhile ace gets back on track, the Braves are on a bona fide not-cold streak, and Wood beats Wood.
The Monday Takeaway
It’s been rocky sledding for in recent weeks, especially his last three starts, when opponents hit the right-hander hard and often, to the tune of 27 hits—four of them homers—in 13 1/3 innings. That wouldn’t do on Memorial Day, not with Matt Harvey continuing a breakout season that’s seen him emerge as one of baseball’s elite left-handed starters. And to the great thrill of the fans in attendance at Citi Field, the Matt Harvey they’ve come to know and love returned and proved up to the task. Jose Quintana
Read the full article... Yu Darvish returns in full force, the Royals stage an unlikely comeback, and the Mariners embarrass themselves on the basepaths in new and creative ways.
The Weekend Takeaway
It only took 659 days, but is back where he belongs: striking out the league’s best hitters and taking names. The 29-year-old returned to the major-league stage on Saturday afternoon, where he pitched for the first time since August 9, 2014, in front of a sellout crowd in Arlington, Texas. Yu Darvish
Read the full article... The Astros strike out a slew to set one record, Fernandez whiffs a bunch to tie a franchise mark, and Jackie Bradley is back to being a regular guy.
The Thursday Takeaway
With the power-packed but whiff-happy Astros and Orioles squaring off this week, strikeouts were sure to be a-plenty at Minute Maid. Suffice it to say that the Astros’ arms held up their end of the bargain.
After Houston struck out 19 Baltimore batters in the opener and 18 more in the middle match,
took it upon himself to bring his team into record territory. The right-hander was effectively wild Thursday, Lance McCullers Read the full article...
The Cubs ace loses one incredible streak but keeps another alive, while Corey Kluber and Nomar Mazara put on shows. The White Sox ace finally gets hit, while Matt Harvey continues to get hit and Jackie Bradley continues to get hits.
The Tuesday Takeaway
In his first nine starts, has been brilliant at best and close to it at worst. In his tenth start, though, he was far from either. Chris Sale
Sale entered Tuesday following back-to-back complete games, with just one run allowed in each and no walks in either. Against the Indians, he was at first business as usual—five strikeouts through his first eight outs, scoreless. But with two outs in the third, he started missing his spots, and Cleveland took full advantage. It began with something Sale hadn’t allowed in his last 26 innings at that point: a walk, thanks to a slider that was a bit all over the place and a who refused to fall for it. Jose Ramirez Read the full article... Clayton Kershaw is peaking, Pujols hits a sort of a milestone, and the Cubs are slumping, relatively speaking.
The Monday Takeaway
The Warriors are actually bad at basketball, as they take too many jump shots and don’t have a strong enough game in the post. Their once-in-a-lifetime shooter is overrated, and their records mean nothing in the face of grit and Russell Westbrook.
Read the full article... The 2010 Giants are back, sort of. Meanwhile, Noah Syndergaard continues his takeover of the world, while Joe Kelly flashes great stuff.
The Weekend Takeaway
The ghost of the 2010 Giants was resurrected on Saturday when delivered his first win of 2016. Yes, yes, the baseball-god-defying Giants did lay claim to championship titles in 2012 and 2014, but the last time Cain’s Matt Cain dipped under 100 in a winning Giants season, he was headlining the rotation with cFIP and sporting a career-high 6.1 Tim Lincecum while the club marched to their its World Series in San Francisco. WARP
Read the full article... The Mets' ace is not, the White Sox ace is, and the Blue Jays' leadoff hitter is... Jose Bautista!
The Thursday Takeaway
“You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”
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The run continues in Philadelphia, the strikeouts continue to pile up for Justin Verlander, and Jackie Bradley Jr.'s hitting streak is getting interesting. Chase Anderson (almost) shuts down the Cubs, Scherzer vs. Syndergaard lives up to the billing, and Kershaw vs. Trout lives up to Kershaw.
The Tuesday Takeaway
Milwaukee’s pitching has offered little excitement this year (except, perhaps, excitement about the fact that the Reds exist, which allows the Brewers to be second to last for most pitching stats instead of the worst in baseball). The Cubs’ hitting, on the other hand, has offered excitement near nonstop. And because baseball is weird, when the two met Tuesday night, the excitement was all Milwaukee’s—though the Cubs did their best to spoil that up until the very end.
Read the full article... It was a disaster for the Twins pitcher, just like down the road it was a disaster for the Blue Jays pitcher, J.A. Happ.
The Monday Takeaway
There were eight major-league games played yesterday, and half of them featured a team scoring double-digit runs. Only one of them chased the opposing starter in the first inning, though, and that same team’s skipper was gone by the fourth. That’s ample reason to begin this recap in Detroit, where there was a whole lot offense accompanied by a whole lot of ugly on Monday night.
took the hill in the last of the first and figured, “Ah, I’ll just groove a fastball for strike one.” Little did he know that Jose Berrios was locked, loaded, and ready to fire: Ian Kinsler Read the full article... Jake Arrieta surprises no one with his seventh win, David Ortiz gets a flour shower, and Danny Duffy puts on a one-man show.
The Weekend Takeaway
If you’ve been holding your breath for to miss a step this season, well, I have bad news for you. Jake Arrieta
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