MLB News & Moments You Should Know – June 13

A day for homers!

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Today’s Headlines

 

A day for homers

It was a spectacular Sunday across Major League Baseball as some of the best players flashed with the bat and sent the ball long…I mean, very long! Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramón Laureano got us going early with a bullet high and deep to left field.

 

Laureano is nicknamed “The Laser” and the same could be said, and was said, about this blast from Vlad Guerrero Jr. for his 14th homer of the year. Yikes!

 

Speaking of talented first baseman, here’s Matt Olson doing what he does best, belting the baseball high and far and out of the park! Oly Toledo with his 150th home run of his career.

 

When we think of some of the best hitters in the game currently, we can’t go far without bumping into Nolan Arenado’s name. So, here he is also giving us that sweet sound off the bat.

 

And we are not done yet! Red Sox slugger Rafael Devers stepped up when his team needed him late in the eighth inning to give Boston the lead. Clutch opposite field homer, alert!

 

Sometimes homers are just so hot they need to go for a dip to cool off – that’s certainly what Anthony Santander’s bomb to right field. Splashdown!

 

And to round us up, an old favorite slugged his sixth home run in his first ten games for the New York Yankees, the only player to do so in franchise history. Take a bow, Matt Carpenter!

 

Final Score: Cubs Terrible, Yankess Relentless

On the back of that phenomenal blast from Matt Carpenter, the New York Yankees disposed of the hapless Chicago Cubs with aplomb on a sunny Sunday at Yankee Stadium. The final score was 18-4 in favor of the pinstripes on a forgettable day for Cubs fans. The Yankees are unstoppable right now, however.

 

That’s a remarkable stat, as is the one Carpenter put up also. Whatever is in that moustache, I want some of it!

 

To be fair, the Yankees had plenty of help from a terrible Cubs performance. Not only did their pitching hang balls over the plate all afternoon, the hitters also reached alarming new heights of woe.

 

And, you could say that this moment early in the contest summed up the Cubbies, who got the circus started from the off. Oh dear!

 

The Phillies See That Play And Say “Hold My Beer!”

Ladies and gentlemen, the wheels finally fell off the cart in Philadelphia! After riding a nine-game winning wave post the sacking of Joe Girardi, the Phillies got up to their old tricks once again to spectacularly fall from grace and hand the Diamondbacks a 13-1 win. It was a rout, plain and simple. Welcome back, Phillies baseball!

 

Justin The Greatest

Was there ever any doubt that Houston Astros great Justin Verlander would come back from Tommy John Surgery and dominate at the age of 39? The answer is no.

 

Verlander was phenomenal once again and maybe has a NFL media legend to thank for it. Veteran beat reporter John McClain, a legend in Houston, was present to throw out the first pitch. A perfect opener, indeed.

 

More likely the reason is Verlander’s incredible stuff, which seems to be finding new levels once again. What a first inning to get things started. Smoking!

 

Best Moments From Yesterday

 

Mic’d Up Mike!

One of the most loveable characters in baseball mic’d up for Sunday Night Baseball. What a gentleman!

 

A-Randy The Twist

Spin…Left-foot, Plate! The elite body contortionist, Mr. Randy Arozarena.

 

The Slowest Ball Hit For A Home Run…Ever!

Just when you’d thought you’d heard it all from the Yankees rout of the Cubs, along comes Frank Schwindel to deliver a 35.1 mph “pitch” that was deservedly dispatched for a home run by Kyle Higashioka.

 

Injuries

 

No, not Kopech! Yes, Michael Kopech left his start against the Rangers on Sunday after just two hitters. Word is from the White Sox that he’s dealing with right knee discomfort. Keep an eye out for more tomorrow.

More starting pitching bad news for fantasy managers as Red Sox ace Nathan Eovaldi was placed on the 15-day injured list with low back inflammation, retroactive to Thursday.

 

Articles You Should Read

 

Gonsolin Is The Latest Dodgers’ Star To Dominate HittersRay Jaffe, Fangraphs

Royals prospect Kowar explains tweaks that have led to recent successAlec Lewis, The Athletic

 

Fantasy Baseball Coverage

 

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Benjamin Haller

A Yorkshireman living in Australia, loving Major League Baseball from afar. As I wait for my A's to build their new stadium, I spend my time coaching soccer, writing for sportbc.blog, and over-analyzing relief pitcher scoring in fantasy baseball. Follow me @benjaminhaller1 for thousands of retweets

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