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Eric Thames continues to crush baseballs, Justin Turner makes a baserunning blunder, and the Bears beat the Steelers.
The Monday Takeaway
MLB’s attack on baseballs continued Monday, with
leading the charge. The Brewers’ first baseman connected on two more long balls, bringing his season total to 10. And somehow even more impressive than that, they were his sixth and seventh homers against the Reds. Thames is currently on pace to hit 80 home runs. No one is able to keep up that kind of pace, but for now Thames’ at-bats are must-see TV. Eric Thames
Read the full article... Home runs still dominate the highlight reels, Manny Machado's takeout slide leads to some tense aftermath, Dan Straily joins an exclusive strikeout club, and more from the weekend.
The Weekend Takeaway
The home run era isn’t dead just yet, not if
and Aaron Judge and Trevor Story and Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper and Joey Gallo and Willson Contreras have anything to do with it. Daniel Murphy Read the full article...
Chris Sale was his usual self, Eric Thames was Babe Ruth, the Rangers won after going 27 batters without a hit. Bryce Harper owns Julio Teheran, Aaron Judge hits a bomb, Jason Vargas out-duels Madison Bumgarner, and the Tigers lose on a walk-off error.
The Wednesday Takeaway
set the baseball world on fire with one of the best non-Barry Bonds offensive seasons we’ve ever witnessed. Hitting .330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs and an absurd 197 wRC+, Harper’s age-22 season was so transcendent that it even made people question whether Bryce Harper could stake claim as the no-doubt best player in baseball. Alas, Harper’s follow-up act was marred by ... “issues,” according to Mike Trout . If you ask anyone else, they’d tell you his performance was slowed by a nagging shoulder injury, which played a large role in his depressed .243 batting average and mere 24 home runs. Scott Boras Read the full article... Miguel Gonzalez ends the Yankees' winning streak, the Mets' bullpen does it again, and Carlos Gomez robs Yonder Alonso.
The Tuesday Takeaway
The Yankees entered yesterday looking to preserve their eight-game winning streak, and they seemed pretty well-equipped to do so. They’d be pitting
, coming off the single best game of his career, against Luis Severino , coming off a game in which he was pulled in the fifth inning. Miguel Gonzalez Read the full article... Tyler Chatwood and Dan Straily attempt their first no-hitters of the year, Ender Inciarte makes history at SunTrust Park, and more from this weekend's games.
The Weekend Takeaway
No major-league pitcher has pulled off a no-hitter since
’s no-no against the Reds last April, but that didn’t stop Jake Arrieta and Tyler Chatwood from putting forth some creative no-hit attempts this weekend. Dan Straily Read the full article...
Important questions answered at Wrigley Field, Yoenis Cespedes keeps rolling, and Michael Martinez takes the mound. Stephen Wright gets lit up, Jordan Montgomery debuts, Giancarlo Stanton goes deep twice, and Andrew Benintendi flashes some glove.
The Thursday Takeaway
While just about every aspect of baseball has a sense of mystery (how
do hitters hit a curving 90 mph ball with a two inch-wide stick of lumber?), the mere concept of a knuckleball may be the hardest to understand. Save for the knuckler, every pitch relies on spin to twist and turn. Naturally, by not spinning, the knuckleball breaks more, and in more unpredictable manners, than its peers. Read the full article... Yoenis Cespedes homered three times, Michael Brantley walked off the White Sox, and a cat got stuck in the Marlins' home run sculpture.
The Tuesday Takeaway
’ first swing of the night was indicative of the type of game he was about to have in that it was extremely powerful. So powerful, in fact, that he fell down. Yoenis Cespedes Read the full article... Wil Myers hits the season's first cycle, Michael Pineda dominates the Rays, and Buster Posey leaves after being hit by a pitch.
The Monday Takeaway
Opening Day it the Bronx featured a matinee that nearly treated its attendants to the first perfect game in five years. Starting for the Yankees was
Michael Pineda, he of the career 3.20 and 13.1 DRA , against a Rays lineup that took the first series of the season from the Bronx Bombers. WARP Read the full article... Jeremy Guthrie's birthday goes horribly wrong, Felix Hernandez enters a 14-pitch duel with Mike Trout, and more from the weekend.
The Weekend Takeaway
We’ve all had bad birthdays before. Maybe some other kid blew out the candles on your cake, or your grandma bought you itchy socks instead of the Nintendo game you pinned your hopes on, or no one remembered to call to wish you a happy day. Still, there’s a decent chance that your worst birthday memory isn’t quite as bad as
’s last birthday. Jeremy Guthrie Read the full article...
Yadier Molina showed us something new, Yasiel Puig turned back the clock, and Michael Lorenzen took a step toward two-way player.