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0 What You Need to Know: Madison Bumgarner, Designated Hitter by Nicolas Stellini
2 What You Need to Know: Baltimore Bombs by Demetrius Bell
0 What You Need to Know: Giolito vs. Harvey vs. Rain by Emma Baccellieri
4 What You Need to Know: A Five-Hit Night Unlike Any Other by Daniel Rathman
1 What You Need to Know: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Hit Seven Homers and Lose by Ashley Varela
0 What You Need to Know: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good Teams? by Nicolas Stellini
0 What You Need to Know: Yankees/Rockies 2: The Beltran Rises by Demetrius Bell
0 What You Need to Know: How Could They Be So Bartless? by Emma Baccellieri
0 What You Need to Know: Eight Solo Shots! by Daniel Rathman
1 What You Need to Know: Big Time Timmy Jim Is Back, Big Time by Ashley Varela
0 What You Need to Know: The Improbable Frequently Fails To Happen by Emma Baccellieri
1 What You Need to Know: 4,257* by Demetrius Bell
2 What You Need to Know: Don't Ever Get Used to Coors Field by Nicolas Stellini
0 What You Need to Know: Near-Max Effort by Daniel Rathman
0 What You Need to Know: Nothing Left to Do But Win by Ashley Varela
2 What You Need to Know: What Is A Catch, And What Does It Matter? by Emma Baccellieri
1 What You Need to Know: Bad Braves Snap Pitiful Streak by Demetrius Bell
1 What You Need to Know: Tough Guys Tough by Nicolas Stellini
2 What You Need to Know: James Paxton's 101s by Daniel Rathman
0 What You Need to Know: It Won't Always Be Like This by Ashley Varela
1 What You Need to Know: Don't Know What the Hurry Is by Nicolas Stellini
0 What You Need to Know: Baseball Easy by Demetrius Bell
1 What You Need to Know: The Catcher Who Threw 96 In A Blowout by Emma Baccellieri
5 What You Need to Know: So This Is Matt Harvey! by Daniel Rathman
4 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
A wild game at altitude, an exclamation point by Taillon, and a near-injury to Maeda.
The Tuesday Takeaway
Coors Field is a beautiful ballpark. The field itself is always well tended, as is the little forest beyond the center field wall. The building is constructed with an eye toward grandeur and comfort.
Read the full article... Scherzer threatens another signature start, the Dodgers dip toward .500, and Whit Merrifield is a thing.
The Monday Takeaway
Few pitchers are as unhittable at their best as is. The right-hander’s 20-strikeout game earlier this year can attest to that. And for a while on Monday, it seemed as though Scherzer might duplicate that effort against a Cubs lineup that looked helpless at the plate. Max Scherzer
Scherzer struck out the side in the first, two more in the second, and another trio in the third. With his high-80s breaker darting expertly at lefties’ back feet,
Read the full article... Michael Fulmer goes streaking, Edwin Encarnacion remembers how to hit home runs, and Cole Hamels tries out a new look.
The Weekend Takeaway
It’s always nice when you can look back on a trade that erased from your lineup and smile. This was the general feeling on Sunday when right-hander Yoenis Cespedes dismantled the Yankees with another six scoreless frames, extending his streak to 23 ⅓ innings without a run. It’s a streak worth preserving, and one that’s already made history, according to ESPN Stats & Info: Michael Fulmer
Read the full article... A play that was almost too close for replay, Ichiro marches on, and the Rangers and Orioles continue to surge.
The Thursday Takeaway
“What is a catch?”—one of the more complex existential questions of our time, albeit usually only in the context of the NFL and the subjectivity of its rules. In Thursday’s Cardinals-Reds game, though, it got a relatively rare turn in baseball’s limelight.
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Julio Teheran pitches the Braves past the Padres, James Shields gets walloped in his Chicago debut, Josh Donaldson still and always good, and more. Manny Machado and Yordano Ventura take swings, Adam Duvall takes bigger swings, and Julio Urias finally does okay.
The Tuesday Takeaway
Trying to come up with a lede for a section about Tuesday night’s fracas between and Manny Machado is like trying to herd angry wolverines. Any attempt at humor will fall flat. What’s important is that what happened in Baltimore was stupid. Flat-out stupid. Yordano Ventura
Read the full article... Paxton and Bauer duel, Tyler Chatwood keeps getting outs, and Jose Altuve is everything.
The Monday Takeaway
Before Monday, there had been two instances of starting pitchers recording double-digit strikeouts while dueling each other this season. The first, and Max Scherzer on Noah Syndergaard May 17, we might’ve seen coming. The second, th in Queens and Scott Kazmir on Dan Straily May 26, not so much. On the surface, the third such battle of the year, featuring th in Cincinnati and Trevor Bauer in Seattle last night, would’ve fallen into the latter category. But upon closer review, perhaps it wasn’t as unlikely as it seemed. James Paxton
Paxton, who was recalled from the minors on June 1
st when went on the disabled list, returned to Seattle Felix Hernandez with a new arm slot and newfound giddyup on his fastball: Read the full article... The Diamondbacks hand Jake Arrieta his first recorded loss, Jose Fernandez pitches his way into the history books, and Clayton Kershaw’s worst outing is still pretty good.
The Weekend Takeaway
We all knew it was coming sooner or later: exited Wrigley Field Sunday afternoon without a win for the first time since July 2015. Jake Arrieta
Read the full article... Julio Urias gets hit again, Zack Greinke is basically back, and the Padres out-do themselves.
The Thursday Takeaway
Statistically, you’re unlikely to be a nuclear physicist. There are certainly some of you that are nuclear physicists, but almost assuredly, the average reader of this columnist is unlikely to currently be a nuclear physicist. It’s substantially more likely, however, that there are many physics majors reading this. Yet, of course, a physics major doesn’t make one a nuclear physicist.
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Matt Albers delivers the big double. Meanwhile... the rest of baseball stops what it's doing to consider Matt Albers delivering the big double. Bethancourt livens up a lousy day, the Cubs lose behind Arrieta, and Mookie gets... three homers.
The Tuesday Takeaway
added another chapter to a sadly long story of soul-crushing outings Tuesday—his fifth career game with 10 or more runs allowed, tying him for the most of any pitcher since 1940, as BP author James Shields Aaron Gleeman pointed out on Twitter. The first and second innings began by following the same pattern, with Shields getting two quick outs to start each one before falling apart as he let walks and singles pile up. At the end of the second, though, the pattern broke, as introduced the first piece of power to the game with a three-run homer, and things only went downhill from there. Kyle Seager
Read the full article... 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
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