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Chris Sale gets zero run support, Keon Broxton does his Aaron Judge impression, Bryce Harper leaves in a hurry, and Jose Berrios shines. Things get even worse for Matt Harvey, Logan Morrison powers up, the Dodgers break Andrew Miller, and Aaron Hicks robs a grand slam.
The Wednesday Takeaway
As our good friend Stefan from
would say, New York’s hottest club is Citi Field. This place has everything: leadoff home runs, monster dingers, devastated Mets fans, injuries, even more devastated Mets fans, milestones, great catches, inspirational comebacks, and ... even cautiously optimistic Mets fans? Grab your popcorn, take a seat, and enjoy the wild rollercoaster of yesterday’s game of the day. SNL Read the full article... Jon Lester wins his 150th, the Twins put a 20-spot on the Mariners, and Andrew Miller is human.
The Tuesday Takeaway
picked up his 150th career win last night, tying him with Jon Lester , Dizzy Dean , and Jered Weaver on the all-time list. Among the 213 pitchers with 150 or more career victories, Lester ranks 20th in winning percentage at .630. The only pitchers with a higher winning percentage to begin their careers after 1980 are Rube Benton , Pedro Martinez , Roy Halladay , Roger Clemens , Randy Johnson , and Mike Mussina . Dwight Gooden Read the full article...
Jacob deGrom had the right mix, the Braves and Nationals played a wild one, Aaron Judge crushed again, and Dustin Pedroia walked it off. Carlos Martinez hurls his first shutout, Aaron Judge hits the longest and fastest home runs of 2017, Max Scherzer strikes out his 2,000th batter, and Ichiro Suzuki emulates Giancarlo Stanton.
The Weekend Takeaway
Even at its best, baseball invites doubt. We question whether the Clayton Kershaws and Mike Trouts will ride their career-high numbers to Hall of Fame ballots, whether hitters can best 121.1 mph. home runs and 167.8 career
, whether perfect games will remain intact for their requisite nine innings. Part of the beauty of baseball is found in its unpredictability and variety, making the payoff that much sweeter when it finally comes around. WARP Read the full article...
Houston gets back on track, Kevin Kiermaier slides into an injury, Gary Sanchez homers twice, and Chris Iannetta has a monster game. CC Sabathia adjusts, Trey Mancini hits a pair, Kershaw faces Strasburg, Farmer faces Meyer, and MIKE ZUNINO.
The Wednesday Takeaway
The heartbeat of baseball is the perpetual battle between a batter and a pitcher, two players with one goal in mind: to best the other. While this duel is started anew following each pitch, it also exists on the macro level as a seasonal grind, a constantly shifting war as both sides try to figure out how to gain the upper hand. With that in mind, it’s fair to say that one of the most important parts of baseball is to adjust, to figure out how your opponent is gaining ground, and counteract that with a move of your own. Without making these vital adjustments, a player simply won’t survive in the major leagues. Vulnerabilities will inevitably be discovered and if they aren’t covered up, the opposition wins.
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Houston goes to 11, Mike Montgomery provides plenty of relief, the Cardinals TOOTBLAN again, and Ryan Healy won't stop. Edinson Volquez tosses a no-hitter, Albert Pujols enters the 600-home run club, Clayton Kershaw strikes out his 2,000th batter, and Jon Lester makes his first pickoff in two years.
The Weekend Takeaway
Pitching a no-hitter wasn’t the first thing on
’s mind when he prepared for his start on Saturday. Edinson Volquez Read the full article...
Corey Kluber returns in style, the A's make a mess, more Mets-like things happen to the Mets, and the Twins turn three. Sean Manaea slows things down, Chad Pinder goes deep twice, Houston wrecks Minnesota, and Max Schezer and Carlos Martinez dominate.
The Wednesday Takeaway
Don’t be fooled by the 3.91
— ERA has been money for the Athletics this season. After beginning the season with two rough outings, the young southpaw has a 2.92 ERA over seven starts, striking out 40 batters in 37 innings. The 25-year-old has lived up to the hype following an impressive rookie season, and Wednesday’s performance against the reigning American League champs only reinforced this. Sean Manaea Read the full article... Former teammates Chris Sale and Jose Quintana both struggle in their matchup, Deven Merrero has a shockingly big night, Trevor Bauer strikes out 14, and the Angels don't even need Mike Trout.
The Tuesday Takeaway
Before last night, Red Sox rookie
had two major-league home runs to his name. By the end of yesterday’s second inning, he had another, and by the end of the third, he had yet another—doubling the total for his young career in just two at-bats. Deven Marrero Read the full article...