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MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 8/27/23

A brawl for the ages!

Stay updated on everything baseball with our morning MLB News & Moments articles. We’ve got you covered to keep you in the know.

 

Today’s Headlines

 

Milwaukee Brewers win seventh straight game.

The Brewers’ seven-game win streak has given them some breathing room atop the NL Central. They got a strong performance from starter Freddy Peralta against the Padres on Saturday. The right-hander allowed two runs on two hits, three walks, and nine strikeouts. William Contreras continued to stay hot at the plate, driving in two runs with his fifth-inning double. The Brewers did their damage in that inning, plating all five of their runs in the fifth. Their 5-4 victory over the Padres gives them a four-game lead over the Cubs in the NL Central.

 

Mariners crush Royals 15-2, remain tied for AL West division lead.

The Seattle Mariners have been playing good baseball, winning 10 of their last 11 games. The offense erupted for 15 runs on Saturday, including seven home runs!  Josh Rojas, Mike Ford, Julio Rodríguez, Cal Raleigh, and Cade Marlowe each had one home run, and Teoscar Hernández had two (a grand slam in the third and a solo shot in the eighth). With how good the offense was, it’s easy to overlook the strong start from Logan Gilbert on the mound. He pitched seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just two hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts. With the Rangers struggling as of late, the Mariners have gotten hot at the right time. They enter Sunday tied with the Rangers atop the AL West.

 

Cubs’ pitching prospect Jordan Wicks makes his MLB debut. 

23-year-old lefthanded pitcher Jordan Wicks made his big league debut on Saturday, starting for the Chicago Cubs against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wicks, a 2021 first-round draft pick, was the Cubs’ No. 8 prospect according to Baseball America. Ke’Bryan Hayes jumped on the second pitch of the game for a leadoff home run, but Wicks settled in nicely. He allowed just that one run in five innings, giving up just two hits, allowing one walk, and striking out nine. Wicks’ changeup was filthy in his debut, generating nine whiffs on 12 swings. The Cubs went on to beat the Pirates 10-6.

 

Solid starts from Pérez, Glasnow, and Wheeler.

There were a few more pitching performances I want to highlight from Saturday:

  • Eury Pérez: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K — 14 Whiffs, 30% CSW, 76 Pitches
  • Tyler Glasnow: 6.o IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K — 8 Whiffs, 29% CSW, 85 Pitches
  • Zack Wheeler: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K — 24 Whiffs, 39% CSW, 80 Pitches

 

 

Best Moments From Yesterday

 

18-year-old Michael Harris II’s reaction to Ronald Acuña Jr.’s 2018 NLDS grand slam is everything.

The joy on his face says it all. Acun-yaaaaaay!

 

This fan’s sign says what we’re all thinking.

In case you haven’t heard, an injury to Shohei Ohtani’s elbow has caused the Angels to shut him down from pitching for the rest of the season. That hasn’t stopped him from remaining the best hitter in baseball. He went 2-for-3 on Saturday with a double, triple, and two stolen bases. Still, I’m sure every fan would gladly give up their UCL if it meant Ohtani was completely healthy for the rest of the season.

 

In honor of Women’s Equality Day, here’s another great video from @Mets.

Shoutout to Kodai Senga, Jeff McNeil, and Adam Ottavino.

 

 

Injuries & Transactions

 

RP Félix Bautista has “some degree of injury” to his UCL and will go on the injured list.

1B Pete Alonso, who got hit in the back of the head/neck area last night, passed concussion protocol and is doing all right, according to manager Buck Showalter.

1B Yandy Díaz got imaging done on his arm after being hit by a pitch and everything came back clean He is sore and may miss today’s game, but there’s no fear that he’ll need an IL stint.

 

 

Articles You Should Read

 

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Starting Pitcher Streamers

 

Featured image by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns on Twitter)

Nicole Cahill

Nicole Cahill is a freelance writer who focuses on mental health and sports. She recently founded a nonprofit that helps youth athletes living with mental health challenges. When she's not fighting stigma or exploring Baseball Savant visuals, you can find Nicole enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book. Portfolio: NicoleCahill.com.

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