Welcome to another MLB Blog! After another exciting Monday across baseball, we have a lot to discuss. Let’s hop right in!
- The Astros became the first team to reach the 30-win mark with last night’s 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Four Houston pitchers – including Brad Peacock, who made a spot start in place of injured ace Dallas Kuechel – combined for a one-hit shutout in the contest. The Astros, who stand at 30-15, lead the AL West by 6 games.
- The Giants have hit 18 consecutive solo home runs. The major league record is 21, set by the Giants themselves back in 2011.
- Reports made the rounds yesterday that White Sox superprospect Yoan Moncada was in Chicago, but it turned out it wasn’t the reason that White Sox fans were hoping for. Moncada, hitting an impressive .331 in Triple-A Charlotte, was summoned to Chicago for examination of his injured thumb. The top-rated prospect was placed on the DL a few days ago with a bone bruise.
- The original copy of the contract sending Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees, penned in 1919, is going up for auction. Auctioneer website Lelands.com will be selling the document, among the most famous in sports (and possibly American) history.
- Indians’ ace Corey Kluber will make a rehab start Thursday. Kluber has been on the DL since early May with a lower back strain.
- The Braves have granted 1B James Loney his release from his minor league contract. Loney was signed last Thursday as a potential replacement for sidelined superstar Freddie Freeman, but his services were no longer needed after Atlanta acquired a more capable long-term option in Matt Adams on Sunday.
- Former Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano will reportedly return to the mound this offseason and play in the Venezuelan Winter League. Zambrano, a 3-time All-Star, last pitched in the majors in 2012. Whether or not he intends to make a comeback in the major leagues remains to be seen.
- No big-league team has a win streak longer than 2 as of today.
- Make it the second consecutive year that a young Reds slugger has come out of nowhere to put up some of the biggest power numbers in baseball. Last year we had Adam Duvall, and this season we have Scott Schebler, who hit his 13th homer Monday night to tie for the second-most in the NL. Schebler had hit just 15 career homers coming into 2017, which his first season as a full-time starter.
- It appears that Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke has Chase Field all figured out. Greinke has had his fair share of struggles in his home of over a year, but recently he has been untouchable; in his last five starts at Chase, Greinke has a whopping 51 strikeouts. Last night was arguably his most dominant outing over the stretch, as he recorded a season-high 12 punchouts.
- The Twins improved to a majors-best 12-5 on the road with yesterday’s rout of the Orioles.
- I’ve seen it all, folks. Behold…. The Judge’s Chambers! This is too cool…
(Home teams bold)
- Twins 14, Orioles 7 (W: Gibson 4-1 L: Wilson 2-2)
- Braves 5, Pirates 2 (W: Foltynewicz 3-4 L: Cole 2-5 S: Johnson 9)
- Yankees 4, Royals 2 (W: Pineda 5-2 L: Vargas 5-3 S: Betances 3)
- Rockies 8, Phillies 1 (W: Hoffman 2-0 L: Eickhoff 0-5)
- Reds 5, Indians 1 (W: Feldman 3-4 L: Tomlin 2-6)
- Angels 3, Rays 2 (W: Ramirez 4-3 L: Diaz 0-3 S: Norris 9)
- Giants 6, Cubs 4 (W: Blach 2-2 L: Lackey 4-4 S: Melancon 9)
- Astros 1, Tigers 0 (W: Devenski 3-2 L: Fulmer 5-2 S: Giles 12)
- Diamondbacks 5, White Sox 1 (W: Greinke 6-2 L: Gonzalez 3-5)
- Giants (Cueto 4-3) @ Cubs (Lester 2-2) 7 PM, ESPN
- Twins (Santana 6-2) @ Orioles (Bundy 5-2) 7:05 PM
- Royals (Duffy 3-3) @ Yankees (Montgomery 2-3) 7:05 PM
- Mariners (Bergman 1-1) @ Nationals (Ross 1-0) 7:05 PM
- Rockies (Marquez 2-2) @ Phillies (Eflin 0-1) 7:05 PM
- Rangers (Cashner 1-3) @ Red Sox (Porcello 2-5) 7:10 PM
- Indians (Carrasco 4-2) @ Reds (Garrett 3-3) 7:10 PM
- Padres (Chacin 4-3) @ Mets (Harvey 2-3) 7:10 PM
- Angels (Shoemaker 3-2) @ Rays (Cobb 4-3) 7:10 PM
- Pirates (Glasnow 2-3) @ Braves (Dickey 3-3) 7:35 PM
- Blue Jays (Biagini 1-2) @ Brewers (Nelson 2-2) 7:40 PM
- Tigers (Zimmerman 4-2) @ Astros (McCullers Jr 4-1) 8:10 PM
- White Sox (Covey 0-3) @ Diamondbacks (Corbin 3-4) 9:40 PM
- Cardinals (Lynn 4-2) @ Dodgers (Kershaw 7-2) 10 PM, ESPN
- Marlins (Urena 1-2) @ Athletics (Hahn 1-3) 10:10 PM
Matt Adams hit his first homer as a Brave, and Ender Inciarte became the fourth player this season to record a 5-hit game as Atlanta topped the Pirates 5-2.
Brandon Phillips also hit a home run, bringing his career total to 200.
Mike Foltynewicz earned his third straight win, although his outing was far from perfect; he allowed 8 hits in five innings. The Braves bullpen had yet another flawless performance, allowing 0 hits over four innings of work.
John Jaso had two hits and an RBI for the Pirates, who came into the game having won 6 of their previous 10. Gerrit Cole took the loss, his first career against the Braves.
- 3B Adonis Garcia (Achilles) is set to return from the 10-day DL on Friday.
- Inciarte’s 5-hit performance was the first by a Braves player since September 2013 (Jason Heyward).
- Danny Santana, acquired from the Twins earlier this month, is still seeking his first hit in a Braves uniform. Santana is an abysmal 0-for-18 with Atlanta.
- Phillips became the 48th player in MLB history to hit 200 home runs and steal 200 bases with his solo shot Monday night.
- Due to manager Brian Snitker’s recently reshuffling of the rotation, R.A. Dickey will be making his start tonight on just three days’ rest.
- The Braves bullpen has not allowed a hit in 15.1 IP, a club record.
Stat of the Day
Home runs at home ballpark 2017
1. Aaron Judge (NYY) 11
2. Marwin Gonzalez (HOU) 9
2. Mark Reynolds (COL) 9
2. Mike Trout (LAA) 9
5. Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) 8
5. Joey Votto (CIN) 8
Play of the Day
Check out this awesome catch by Cubs’ CF Albert Almora in yesterday’s loss to the Giants.
Fact of the Day
On this date in 2002, Dodgers slugger Shawn Green recorded arguably the greatest single-game plate performance in baseball history, going 6-for-6 with four home runs and an MLB-record 19 total bases.
(all times ET)