MLB News & Moments You Should Know – Sept. 20

Clinchmas came early for the Astros and Mets.

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Today’s Headlines

 

Best in the West

It’s clinchin’ season. Five days after the Dodgers laid claim to the N.L. West crown, the Houston Astros became the second team to punch their ticket to the 2022 postseason on Monday. They sealed the deal by beating the Rays 4-0, clinching the A.L. West for the fifth time in six seasons.

The Astros currently sit 15 games ahead of second-place Seattle — if that stands, it would be their largest division-winning margin since 2017, when they lapped the second-place Angels by 21 games. We know how that one ended. There wasn’t much suspense with this race, but that doesn’t make the celebration any less sweet:

Now get that man a cigar and some aspirin.

 

Max Efficiency

Monday’s feature showdown was a clash of aces: Corbin Burnes for Milwaukee, facing off against Max Scherzer and the Mets. But the New York offense clearly didn’t get the memo:

The Mets would go on to hang five earned runs on Burnes, the third time he’s allowed that many in his last five starts. Meanwhile, Scherzer was literally perfect:

That’s 18 up, 18 down, for those scoring at home. But Scherzer was pulled in the seventh, being as he was fresh off the IL. The Mets bullpen wasn’t able to keep the perfecto alive, but they did enough to lock up the win — and a playoff ticket for the first time in six long years.

 

Slamtana, M’s Banish Angels

No other teams clinched the Playoffs last night, but we know at least one more who won’t be joining the fun. After Monday’s 9-1 loss to Seattle, the Los Angeles Angels are officially sitting out of October for the eighth straight year.

Another year, another grand disappointment for the Halos. But with a Wild Card spot in their sights, the Mariners look ready to exorcise some serious demons…

Carlos Santana had two home runs on the day, and Logan Gilbert struck out 11 in six solid frames. Thanks to Baltimore’s loss, the M’s Wild Card lead stands at five today.

 

 

Best Moments from Yesterday

 

The French Connection

Speaking of those scrappy Mariner men, Santana wasn’t the only one to leave the yard on Monday. Ty France sent this ball out to left center with pizzazz:

But the real question is, was he aiming for the flag? The world may never know.

 

Burly Birds of a Feather

Back in the Flushing, SNY got a kick out of the Rowdy Tellez-Daniel Vogelbach convergence:

Here at Pitcher List, we love all of our Extra-Chunky Adult Sons equally.

 

Masters of the Blade

Meanwhile in Atlanta, the defending champs were not about to start the week losing ground in the division. Eddie Rosario socked this ball well into the Cobb County evening to help the home team…

Back in the dugout, he was rewarded the only way that makes sense in this cruel, confusing world: a sword-fight with Guillermo Heredia.

Atlanta did manage to hold on for the win, keeping them within one game of first in the N.L. East.

 

Hustle Don’t Stop

Finally, that brings us to our play of the day: this ball boy, laying out to snag a foul ball.

10/10, no notes. A true student of the game.

 

Injury News

 

 

Articles You Should Read

 

Jason Delay almost left baseball behind. It’s a good thing he didn’t — Justice delos Santos, MLB.com

Yandy Diaz is an Outlier — John Foley, Pitcher List (Going Deep)

How MLB’s New Rules Will — and Won’t — Change the Game — Jayson Stark, The Athletic

 

 

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Wynn McDonald

Born a Kentuckian, much like Dan Uggla. Braves fan by choice, unlike Dan Uggla. I enjoy long walks on the Brandon Beachy. @twynstagram

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