Five Things You Missed
A Kansas City Royal still leads in All-Star voting at catcher, third, short, second, two outfield spots, and DH, but Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera has jumped ahead at first base and the Angels’ Mike Trout is still the leading vote-getter in the outfield. Voting ends in less than a week.
There is some important off-field news to report, and not all of it is in the spirit of the game. But there was plenty of excitement on the field to remind us why baseball is fun, starting with a rare batting achievement.
Bryce Harper finally faced a pitcher younger than he is. Harper debuted at 19 years old, so it’s not totally unexpected that it took him 415 games to face a younger pitcher.
Baseball is a funny game. On Monday, for the first time in modern Major League history, a starting pitcher recorded double-digit strikeouts, allowed double-digit hits, and lasted fewer than five innings.
There were some records set this past week, some more impressive than others.
On-field excellence from both pitchers and hitters, as well a questionable off-field move, highlight this week’s recap.
This past week saw the reigning Cy Young winner regaining his form, baseball’s most feared slugger hitting one out of the stadium, and the first of its kind triple play.
This past week was all about the home run—whether it came from the guy who’s trotted around the bases more than any active player or someone doing it for the first time.
The first month of the season is in the books. Games are shorter, which isn’t a surprise given baseball’s new policies, but the Mets’ and Astros’ hot starts are. And the month couldn’t end without Mike Trout making a game-saving catch.
After six straight losing seasons, this was the year many expected the Mets to contend for a playoff spot.