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The struggling Cubs fail to build any momentum, the Angels win without Trout, and the Indians keep destroying the Tigers.
The Tuesday Takeaway
Last week, the Reds operated as a palate cleanser of sorts for the Cubs. Chicago entered the three-game series against Cincinnati having lost six of their previous seven, and they exited it with a sweep that made it look as if that streak of ugliness was over.
Read the full article... The maddeningly inconsistent closer had his first meltdown of the year. Meanwhile, the Brewers batted out of order and Lance McCullers dominated for real.
The Monday Takeaway
The Marlins were ahead 6-0 after they batted in the first half of the fourth inning yesterday. had been roughed up for 11 hits and six runs (five earned) without completing the fourth. Miami starter Matt Harvey had driven in a run with a base hit. And Harvey’s own throwing error had compounded the home team’s woes before Tom Koehler finally decided that enough was enough. Terry Collins
Read the full article... The Angels win a football game, Bryan Holaday throws a knuckleball, and the Indians fall just short of history.
The Weekend Takeaway
Which sport epitomizes the red-blooded American best: football or baseball? Do we see more of ourselves in Tom Brady’s perfect touchdown spiral or the graceful swing of a home run? Mike Trout
Read the full article... Madison Bumgarner puts the Babe Ruth comparisons to the test, the Yankees stay mediocre, and Tim Anderson starts making a name defensively.
The Thursday Takeaway
The cult of
goes beyond his legendary performance in the 2014 playoffs and his rawhide country persona. It goes beyond the side-slinging lefty delivery, the scruffy beard, the Carhart commercials, and the snot rockets. Madison Bumgarner Read the full article... Record-breaking Orioles power, Yankees comeback craziness, and Jose Altuve doing his usual thing.
The Wednesday Takeaway
If you’re a fan of the
and baseballs being hit really far and over outfield fences, then the month of June has been lovely. The Orioles only hit one home run Wednesday during their 12-6 victory over the Padres, but it was one to remember for Baltimore Orioles as they put the capper on what’s been a prolific month of power. Mark Trumbo Read the full article... Rain cut short Lucas Giolito's much-hyped debut, but he fit plenty of impressive pitches in before the delay.
The Tuesday Takeaway
A little rain wasn’t enough to ruin
’s parade. Enough to delay it and cut it short, maybe, but what we got was worth the hype. Lucas Giolito Read the full article...
Kris Bryant makes major-league history, Noah Syndergaard scuffles amid rumors of elbow trouble, and much more from a busy Monday. The White Sox hit seven home runs, Kevin Gausman and Carlos Carrasco toss four-hitters, and Jose Altuve goes for the cycle.
The Weekend Takeaway
There are no givens in baseball. A 10-run lead can evaporate under the misdirection of a tired bullpen, a no-hitter can be lost on a misplayed fly ball, and a ninth-inning tie can be broken on a walk-off balk. Still, there are certain markers which, once they are passed, provide a feeling of security.
Read the full article... The Cubs are suddenly losing, the Mariners are seriously losing, and Zack Greinke moves up a special leaderboard.
The Thursday Takeaway
Arnold Schwarzenegger would have you believe that “ If It bleeds, we can kill it.” Perhaps this is true, perhaps it isn’t. All we know at this moment is that the Cubs have lost four games in a row for the first time since last year’s NLCS.
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Beltran continues his reboot, the Astros are bona fide hot, and Andrelton Simmons makes a play. The Mets face the World Series champs again, but their starter gets knocked out by a line drive in the first. Meanwhile, Belt whiffs against a position player pitching, and an inside-the-parker that technically wasn't.
The Tuesday Takeaway
The very first plate appearance of Tuesday night’s World Series rematch didn’t bode well for the Mets. led off with a comebacker to the mound that struck Whit Merrifield ’s thumb, and after just four pitches, New York’s starter was out for the night. Bartolo Colon
Read the full article... The low-scoring slugfest between 1993's hottest expansion teams, and more from Monday's action.
The Monday Takeaway
The Rockies and Marlins combined to hit eight home runs yesterday. Let’s have a look at—and note something significant about—each of them.
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