MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 9/29

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Today’s Headlines

 

Judge Hits 61!

Since his debut in 2017, Aaron Judge has been a sight to behold. The 6’7″ outfielder crushes baseballs, has a great personality, and has been the perfect fit for a New York market looking for a star. Yet after an electric rookie year that bagged him an unanimous Rookie of the Year, Judge has struggled to put together a full season. He has still performed well when on the field, but many questioned his ability to avoid injuries.

Those doubters are starting to look a little ridiculous right now.

Aaron Judge has put on an incredible season thus far and notched another achievement in his belt last night. After betting on himself and refusing to accept an extension before the season started, Judge has now hit 61 home runs and is starting to emerge as more and more of a candidate for AL MVP. With that homer, Judge ties Roger Maris for the record of most home runs hit in a single season in the American League. And with six days of baseball left, he could make history.

If Judge hits number 62, it will place him as the sole holder of most home runs hit in a single season in the American League. It’s a feat that may not be accomplished for quite some time and makes every Judge at-bat must-see-TV. The Yanks take on the Orioles and Rangers in the upcoming week, so keep your eye out for history!

 

Dodgers Set a Franchise Wins Record

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been the pinnacle of a successful baseball team in recent years, from the front office to the product on the field. Their savvy heads in management and transactions, their crop of talented homegrown prospects, and their All-Star MLB talent have made them a formidable foe for the past few years.

And they just keep getting better.

With their win over the Padres last night, the Dodgers set a franchise record for wins with 107. They pass the 2019 and 2021 iterations of the Dodgers, who each won 106 games. As always, it’s a full team effort. Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, and Trea Turner continue their star-level play, while Clayton Kershaw and Julio Urías remain the aces of the staff. And how about Tyler Anderson and Andrew Heaney emerging to have career years? It’s unreal how the Dodgers continue to thrive, but you have to tip your cap and appreciate the great baseball we’re witnessing.

With only 6 games remaining, the Dodgers won’t be able to overcome the 2001 Mariners’ record of 116 wins, but this team is a monster and will certainly remain a force to watch in the postseason.

 

Have a Game, Escobar!

The NL East is insane. The Mets had a comfortable division lead, lost it to a surging Atlanta team, and are now back on top by only one game. Oh, and the Mets are about to head to Atlanta for what will undoubtedly be the biggest series of the season.

Thankfully, for them, Eduardo Escobar is feeling himself.

Last night, the third basemen went 3-for-5 with 1 HR and 5 RBI. The Mets beat the Marlins by a score of 5-4. Escobar literally put the team on his back and led them to victory.

The late game dramatics started in the bottom of the 7th with this blast:

In the bottom of the 8th, Escobar again came through with this 2-RBI hit to tie up the game:

And then, in the bottom of the 10th, Escobar called game:

From being down four runs to taking the win, Escobar was electric and helped invigorate a Mets team that is preparing for the most intense games of their season. His post-game interview was just as amazing…

 

Best Moments From Yesterday

 

Arigato, Thank You!

The adrenaline has to be pumping after such an amazing performance. After his great night, Eduardo Escobar took the mic to deliver one of the post-game interviews you’ll see this year:

 

From Behind the Plate to Behind the Bench

Yadier Molina may be retiring after this season, but he’s not leaving the game of baseball yet. It was announced today that Yadier Molina would step up to be the manager of the 2023 Puerto Rican team in the World Baseball Classic

I hope he calls the same kind of play he beautifully pulled off in the 2017 Classic

 

Injuries

 

Red Sox’ 2B Trevor Story is out for the season. The righty should be healthy for the start of the 2023 season.

Detroit Tigers‘ SP Matt Manning and OF Kerry Carpenter are both out for the season. The news comes after both players have shown flashes of breaking out, but the Detroit faithful will have to wait until 2023 to see if they can keep it up.

Cubs’ SP Drew Smyly is expected to make one more start, while SP Justin Steele will likely be done for the year.

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Evan Lobdell

Editor and occasional writer for PitcherList. Believed in Brent Honeywell Jr. for far too long and still holding out hope.

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