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MLB News & Moments You Should Know – June 15

The NL East continues to provide excitement.

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

 

There Will Never be Another as Durable and Likeable as Yadi

Yadier Molina continued to provide more accolades to his Hall of Fame argument on Tuesday when he gained sole possession of most putouts by a catcher with 14,685. An obscure statistic, but he overtook another Hall of Famer, Ivan Rodriguez to claim the top spot. Regardless of your position on his Cooperstown fate, his career has spanned 18 years which is a rare feat in all of baseball, and that alone should be applauded. Add in a few championships, Gold Gloves, and tenure with the same team and he has a cookie-cutter route to being enshrined in upstate New York.

 

How Many Aces Can One Team Have?

Gerrit Cole showed up for the Yankees in a huge way. Perhaps being overshadowed by the breakout seasons of Nestor Cortes and Jameson Taillon, Cole reminded Yankee fans why he is making the big bucks. Cole went six innings, striking out seven and walking one in New York’s victory over the Rays on Tuesday. Clay Holmes also continued his late-inning dominance, striking out two and solidifying the Yankees’ win.

 

Wild One in Philly

The Phillies were really gonna convince everyone former manager Joe Girardi was the problem. But alas, after winning nine of their last 11 games since his firing, the true weakness of the Phillies revealed itself Tuesday night against the Marlins. The Marlins jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but it was erased innings later when Rhys Hoskins tied it up in the fourth inning with a three-run homer. Phillies then lead the Marlins 8-4, only to have the Marlins tie it up in the eighth. To which, again, Rhys Hoskins responded with another home run in the bottom of the eighth, giving Corey Knebel a one-run lead going into the ninth.

And then, the wheels came off. Alec Bohm’s defensive woes continued, as he allowed leadoff hitter Miguel Rojas to reach base to start the ninth-inning rally. Rojas’s pinch runner scored, giving the Marlins one unearned run to tie it at 9. But the poor defense continued. J.T. Realmuto dropped a foul ball pop-up and did not get away with it. Instead, the Marlins took the lead and won the game 11-9. All the runs the Marlins scored in the ninth were unearned.

 

Goldy and the Cards

Perhaps no one has been more enjoyable to watch this season than Paul GoldschmidtHe came into Tuesday’s games slashing .335/.419/.598. He showed no signs of cooling off in Tuesday’s doubleheader; instead, he went 6-for-8 with eight RBI in the two games. Further, he hit three home runs, smacking two in the nightcap. Goldy is a consistently overlooked player, and Tuesday was no exception. While Goldschmidt is knocking in more runners in one night than players have all month, his teammate Miles Mikolas was utterly dominant, throwing 8.2 innings of no-hit ball, only to give up a soul-crushing double in the top of the ninth to lose the no-hit bid.

 

Best Moments from Tuesday

 

Unconventional Thievery

The St. Louis Cardinals and the term “well versed on the base paths” have never been synonymous. Yet on Tuesday, they pulled a neat trick against the Pittsburgh Pirates to steal a run. Of course, the Pirates are no strangers to base running feats. If anything, the Pirates’ lack of knowledge creates such mayhem on the bases.

 

When You’re Hot, You’re Hot.

An infield double? Oh sure, rare, but probably some speedster like Trea Turner could do it. Wait, not a speedy infielder? That’s right, Jeff McNeil hit an RBI infield double that barely made it onto the grass as the Mets scored three runs in the top of the first on Tuesday.

 

The Drama Continues

If you thought the best part of this baseball season was watching the likes of Aaron Judge pursue a single-season home run record or Sandy Alcantara’s dominance, you’d be wrong. The best part of the 2022 season has been the rivalry between Mike Trout, Joc Pederson, and Tommy Pham. The saga continued on Tuesday when the San Francisco Giants made shirts essentially trolling Reds outfielder Tommy Pham over the infamous IL slot issue.

 

Injuries

 

Joe Ryan was reinstated off of the COVID-IL Tuesday night, but was a bit rusty, giving up four runs in four innings and striking out three.

The San Diego Padres suffered another setback with Fernando Tatis Jr. as his CT scan did not reveal the level of healing the Padres anticipated, and his unspecified date of return has become more delayed.

Toronto Blue Jays‘ chances of catching the Yankees just got a lot harder, as their starter Hyun Jin Ryu will undergo left elbow surgery and miss the remainder of the 2022 season.

 

Articles You Should Read

 

The Two Different Freddie Freemans — Mike Petriello, MLB.com

How Goldschmidt Has Gotten Even Better in ’22 — David Adler, Baseballsavant

Braves’ 13th Consecutive Win By the Numbers — Joe Trezza, MLB.com

 

Featured image by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns on Twitter)

Christa Lamia

Christa Lamia is a diehard baseball fan that loves the Mets. She is enjoying the new energy and hope that Steve Cohen has given her for the once doomed franchise.

  • J.C. Aoudad says:

    Great write-up, Christa. And, while I agree that the Bucs’ D has at times reminded me of Little League, the Cards actually ran into a run on that play. With the bases loaded and two out, one (and only one) run scored on the fielder’s choice. If Gorman and Sosa hadn’t kept running, then the inning wouldn’t have been over, and the bases would have still been loaded with two out.

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SLN/SLN202206141.shtml

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