MLB News & Moments You Should Know – Sept. 18

It's a numbers games! Records fell on Sunday.

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

 

Ode To The Mets

The remarkable 2019 album by The Strokes, The New Abnormal, concludes with the brilliant “Ode to the Mets”, and it is a perfect, beautiful song that captures the essence of something that you set your heart to and that you love unconditionally but that continues to disappoint you. The Mets are the Mets and that is their beauty. But on Sunday, they rose above all that romance and did something truly remarkable.

Jacob deGrom, Seth Lugo, Joely Rodríguez and Trevor May combined for 20 strikeouts in their 7-3 win over the hapless Pirates. A top effort!

 

59!

Any doubts about who will take out the MVP award this season have been silenced by Aaron Judge. In September Judge has batted .491, he’s got on base nearly 59% of the time and has slugged 1.018 with eight home runs, the most in baseball. His 1.604 OPS is over 250 points above the nearest hitter. Phenomenal.

He hit home runs 58 and 59 on the year and he is now just two away from the single-season American League home run record set by Roger Maris in 1961. It’s only a matter of time…

 

25!

A sensational season for Astros lefty Framber Valdez continued with his 25th consecutive quality start, which set a single-season major league record. His ERA is 2.57 after another dominant six innings against the A’s. He threw 87 pitches, surrendered four hits and struck out seven. Etch it into folklore.

 

200!

One of the most popular landmarks on Sunday was the moustached maestro, Spencer Strider, hitting 200 Ks for the season. The rookie joined an exclusive list of names to hit the magic number after what has been a phenomenal season for the young Atlanta arm.

 

Best Moments From Yesterday

 

Dial Triple O’s!

Matt Chapman hit a line drive…the Baltimore Orioles infield did the rest. An impressive triple play for the ages.

 

Hanser Play-By-Play

There wasn’t anything more poetic on Sunday than listening to Dodgers infielder Hanser Alberto on the mic, especially during this play, which he gave a beautiful run down for us all.

 

Sweet Sunday Sounds

My Sunday was peachy, thanks. Baseball season is coming down to the wire and every sound counts.

 

Injuries

 

Julio Rodríguez, the AL Rookie of the Year Award favorite, was out of the lineup for the Mariners again on Sunday due to lower back soreness. The young starlet was upbeat about his chances of returning in the next day or two.

Veteran legend Miguel Cabrera will be activated from the 10-day injured list for Monday’s series opener at Baltimore, the Tigers announced yesterday.

 

Articles You Should Read

 

How Pujols is crushing his way to 700 – David Adler, MLB.com

FIP or Flop: Why Kevin Gausman’s Isn’t Part of the AL Cy Young ConversationJay Jaffe, Fangraphs

 

Fantasy Baseball Coverage

 

Starting Pitcher Roundup

Hitter Performances

Reliever Ranks

Starting Pitcher Streamers

 

Featured image by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns on Twitter)

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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