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Jake Arrieta looks like his old, old self, Julio Urias flirts with a no-hitter, and the Cardinals and Orioles stay hot.
The Tuesday Takeaway
It took only half a season for
to transform from relatively insignificant transaction jetsam to legitimate major-league ace; it hasn’t taken too much longer for him to transform into something confusingly between the two. Last year was full of performances that provoked “ Jake Arrieta what’s wrong with Jake Arrieta?” and this year has brought only more of the same so far—though, at this point, those performances are not so much baffling as they are simply a new normal. Read the full article...
Matt Wieters and Edwin Encarnacion return to their old stomping grounds, Mark Trumbo reaches up for a homer, and the Pirates have a bad day on and off the field. Chris Sale gets the best of both worlds, Matt Albers avoids the wrong side of history, Javier Baez takes to the skies, and Billy Hamilton exhibits superhuman speed.
The Weekend Takeaway
Good pitchers flourish at the intersection of dominant pitching and plentiful run support, and on Sunday afternoon,
hit the coveted sweet spot. Chris Sale Read the full article... Marvin Gonzalez keeps slugging, the Rangers do some slugging too, Manny Machado lets his bat talk, and Jesus Aguilar hits his first.
The Thursday Takeaway
of the Astros hit his ninth home run of 2016 on July 26 in a game against the Yankees. It was a solo shot off Marwin Gonzalez in the bottom of the first inning. The Astros went on to lose the game, 6-3. If you’re wondering why this is pertinent information it’s because Marwin Gonzalez hit his ninth home run of 2017 on Thursday afternoon against the Rangers. It was a solo shot off CC Sabathia in the bottom of the fourth inning. A.J. Griffin Read the full article...
A curveball gets Kevin Gausman the boot, both New York teams do some heavy hitting, Matt Hollidays smacks 300, and Byron Buxton does it again. Ervin Santana keeps his ERA below 1.00, Boston and Baltimore have more fireworks, and the Dodgers rough up Matt Moore.
The Tuesday Takeaway
is striking out just about as many batters as he did last season—and the one before, and the one before that. He’s walking about just as many, too. He’s relying on his fastball a bit less than usual and his changeup a little more, but not dramatically so. Santana is, essentially, not doing too much that’s terribly different from anything he’s done before. He’s just getting some very different results. Ervin Santana Read the full article...
Adam Jones is treated horribly in Boston, Manny Machado stars on both sides of the ball, the Rangers and Astros spar, and the Giants get to Clayton Kershaw. The Nationals sink the Mets with an unprecedented 23 runs, the Dodgers pull off a raucous rally to beat the Phillies, and the Yankees hit all the home runs.
The Weekend Takeaway
There are losses and then there are the colossal, dumpster-fire-verging-on-apocalyptic-disaster losses that the Mets experienced on Sunday afternoon.
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Toronto has a very bad day, Washington goes crazy at Coors Field, and the Red Sox and Yankees play fast for once.
Gift Ngoepe makes his MLB debut, Aaron Judge and Luis Severino shine, and a Little League game breaks out in Baltimore. King Felix looks shakier than ever, Trea Turner goes for the cycle, Danny Duffy dares everyone, and Eric Thames did it again.
The Tuesday Takeaway
After two seasons of slipping velocity, miscellaneous injury struggles, and other various signs of the aging process,
is no longer the ace that was once crowned king. He’s still, for the most part, recognizably himself—just less consistently and often less effectively and simply Felix Hernandez less so. But decline in and of itself is neither interesting nor surprising; it’s the how and the when that provide that color. For Felix, this year seems potentially key to answering both. Were last season’s career-worst numbers truly the beginning of the end, or just an anomalous spike on a gentle downward slope? His first four starts of the season didn’t do so much to provide context there, but his fifth was a discouraging nod toward the former. Read the full article... 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
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