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Nolan Arenado dismantles the Padres, Giancarlo Stanton catches up to Aaron Judge, and Carlos Beltran's glove is resurrected.
The Wednesday Takeaway
Perhaps it’s too soon to call 2017 the best season of
’s career, but it’s not unreasonable to think that Wednesday’s 18-run beatdown of the Padres was among his best single-game performances. Nolan Arenado Read the full article...
Carlos Beltran was gloveless in Seattle, Ryan Zimmerman set a franchise record, Jon Lester did it all, and Giancarlo Stanton did what he does best, twice. Jose Quintana's excellent Cubs debut, Jackie Bradley Jr.'s robbery of Aaron Judge, and a marathon game at Fenway Park.
The Weekend Takeaway
After the 12th frame or so of extra-inning baseball games, a fascinating shift occurs in the mindset of those watching. Many beat writers, missing their dinner reservations and bitterly thinking about the recap they’ll have to write before the game is over (deadlines can be a nightmare), often grow cranky and start the newest "extra-inning rules" debate on Twitter. Fans at the game either pack it in and head home because of work the next morning, or get ready for the long haul and the story to tell afterwards. Some fans at home, like me, begin watching the game completely differently from the first 11 innings, going from pulling for their favorite team to rooting for team chaos—it’s that weird little twinge of disappointment you get when your team walks it off in the 14th inning, because you
really wanted to see that utility player get a chance to pitch the 15th. Read the full article...
All-Star pitches from All-Star pitchers, Robinson Cano's game-winning homer, Nelson Cruz's picture, and Bryce Harper hair. Kyle Freeland pitches a two-hitter, Marcus Stroman showcases a devastating slider, Aaron Judge gears up for the Home Run Derby, and Ji-Man Choi does the splits.
The Weekend Takeaway
didn’t look like a no-hitter pitcher last Tuesday. After a shallow third-inning single vaulted the Reds to a 4-1 lead over the Rockies, manager Kyle Freeland visited his rookie starter on the mound. Bud Black Read the full article...
Milwaukee stays ahead of Chicago, Nationals Park has a dry delay, Ichiro Suzuki sets another record, and Jose Osuna throws everyone out. Dellin Betances can't find the strike zone, Alex Wood mows down the Diamondbacks, the Rays' bullpen implodes, and Jon Gray goes 467 feet.
The Wednesday Takeaway:
Through the Yankees’ spending splash in 2014, painful collapse in 2015, sluggish start and subsequent unthinkable rebuild in 2016, and electrifying return in 2017, the only constant has been
. Now, the trade rumors are finally quieting, the million moving pieces are settling down, and the Yankees have a concrete, and incredibly bright, long-term future. But something feels off—the bedrock of the franchise is wavering. Dellin Betances Read the full article... There were plenty of on-field fireworks on the Fourth of July.
The Monday and Holiday Takeaway
Read the full article... Justin Smoak helps set a new home run record, Mike Foltynewicz toys with a no-hitter, and Orlando Arcia steals a fan's ice cream.
The Weekend Takeaway
and Chris Sale and heck, even Clayton Kershaw , make you forget it, baseballs are still traveling further and more frequently than they have before. Home runs are up, Mike Foltynewicz thanks in part to juiced balls and , and at no point was that clearer than on Friday. Aaron Judge Read the full article...
Washington has more bullpen problems, double servings of dingers all around, Klubot is dialed in, and Ichiro fights back. Marcus Stroman bounces back, Jae-Gyun Hwang and Miguel Andujar had fun debuts, and Alex Meyer showed his whole scouting report.
The Wednesday Takeaway
Six days ago,
took the mound against the Rangers and had his worst game of the season, allowing seven runs over four rough innings of work. Bouncing back from a brutal start like that isn’t easy, and it takes a certain personality to get over a nightmarish outing and deliver the exact opposite less than a week later. Luckily, Stroman certainly has that attitude, and then some. Carrying himself with a unique swagger perhaps unmatched by any other hurler in baseball, Stroman was a 5-foot-8 ball of electrifying energy against the Orioles, throwing 119 pitches over 7 2/3 innings and making every single one count. Marcus Stroman Read the full article...
Cleveland storms back, Yasiel Puig shows off his arm, Javier Baez makes two wow plays, and the Cubs almost blow it.