Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Yanks HR In 28th Straight For All-Time MLB Mark reports:
The Major League record for consecutive games with a home run now belongs to the 2019 Yankees, and their juggernaut offense shows no signs of slowing anytime soon.
DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge led off the bottom of the first inning on Tuesday with back-to-back home runs off Blue Jays left-hander Clayton Richard, marking the Yankees' 28th consecutive game with at least one homer.
That broke the previous big league record, held by the Texas Rangers, who homered in 27 straight contests from Aug. 11 to Sept. 9, 2002.
"That's kind of an obscure one, but now that it's happened with our group, it doesn't surprise me," manager Aaron Boone said after Monday's 10-8 win over Toronto. "We have a lot of guys capable of hitting the ball out of the ballpark. I think they help strengthen each other because collectively they're able to wear down pitchers. That eventually leads to more and more mistakes at different points in the night."
A total of 14 Yankees have combined to hit 49 home runs during the streak, with Judge joining the fun late -- his homer was the slugger's first hit since returning from the injured list Friday.
Since May 26, when the streak began in an 8-7 loss to the Royals at Kansas City, Gary Sanchez has paced the club with eight homers. LeMahieu is second with seven, and Gleyber Torres has slugged six.
The previous franchise record was held by Joe DiMaggio's 1941 Yankees, who homered in 25 consecutive games from June 1-29 of that season. DiMaggio hit 10 homers over that span.
New York has hit multiple homers in 14 of 28 games during the streak, and in eight of its last nine games, including Tuesday. Remarkably, sluggers Judge, Edwin Encarnacion and Giancarlo Stanton have combined for just four of the homers.
"It's kind of what we do. We hit home runs here," said Aaron Hicks, who has hit four homers during the streak. "That's kind of how we score runs."

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Pete Alonso Ties Mets Rookie Home Run Record

CBS Sports reports:

Mets rookie phenom Pete Alonso has already made history. In the first inning Saturday, he took Cubs starter Jose Quintana deep for home run number 26 on the year.
That wasn't even a bad pitch from Quintana's point of view. It was a hook low and away. Pretty impressive stuff by Alonso. 
Then again, no one is really surprised. He's been impressing all season. As noted in that tweet, he has already tied the Mets rookie record for home runs in a season before we even have gotten to July. 
Darryl Strawberry hit 26 in 1983. No other rookie in Mets history has even hit 20 homers in a season. Alonso's on pace to get past 50, with 26 home runs in the team's first 77 games.
Speaking of which, there's likely much more than this on the horizon for the young Mets' first baseman. 
Only 40 players have ever hit at least 30 home runs before the All-Star break. Alonso has 13 more games after Saturday in order to hit four homers and join that exclusive club. None of those players are rookies. 
In fact, Alonso's 26th homer here was also a rookie record. The previous record for home runs before the All-Star break by a rookie was 25 (Cody Bellinger, 2017). 
Further, Alonso isn't even that far off the NL rookie record for home runs. Bellinger set it in 2017 with 39. Barring injury, it feels pretty likely he gets there, and then he can set eyes on the all-time rookie record, which is 52 (Aaron Judge, 2017). The only other rookie to top 40 was Mark McGwire with 49 in 1987. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Mike Trout Racks Up Seven Runs Batted In Against The Blue Jays reports:
Mike Trout has been on fire at the plate in recent weeks and kept it up against the Blue Jays on Wednesday, absolutely crushing two home runs, including a grand slam off right-hander Aaron Sanchez in the fourth inning to lead the Angels to an 11-6 win at Rogers Centre.
Trout, who went 3-for-6 to improve his slash line to .299/.462/.651 on the year, also added an RBI single with the bases loaded in the ninth, giving him a career-high seven RBIs. It was the first seven-RBI performance by an Angels player since Torii Hunter on July 4, 2010, against the Royals.
“It was a good night," Trout said with a smile. "Obviously, feel pretty good up there right now. This is the best I’ve felt all season, just getting a pitch to hit and not missing it. Just barreling the ball.”
Notably, it also helped the Angels to a 38-37 record, marking the first time they’ve been above .500 since April 13, when they were 8-7. They’ve yet to reach two games above .500 this year.
"It means a lot," Trout said. "Obviously got a long way to go for the season to end. Anything can happen. We just have to take it one game at a time. But getting Justin Upton back was huge and I think [Andrelton Simmons] is getting back soon one of these days on this trip to St. Louis. To have the Opening Day roster back, that’s big."
Trout credited not overanalyzing video for his recent surge at the plate, as he felt like he was getting in his own head while tweaking his mechanics and watching too much video early in the year.
"I looked into stuff way too much," Trout said. "When I go up there and think mechanics and try to do all this stuff, I get in trouble. Just being up there comfortable, relaxed.”
Trout’s first homer came in the second on a 3-2 fastball from Sanchez and was hammered a projected 420 feet, per Statcast. The two-run shot had an exit velocity of 111.3 mph and clanked off the fa├žade of the third-deck suites in left field.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Consecutive Cycles: Jake Bauers Hits For The Cycle!

Going back to back in hitting for the Cycle does not happen very often in MLB, so this is truly a great moment in the history of the game. reports:
The way Cleveland’s No. 6 prospect, Bobby Bradley, is hitting in Triple-A has put Jake Bauers, who has struggled so far offensively this season, on the hot seat. But on Friday, Bauers silenced the naysayers.
Bauers hit for the cycle in the series opener against the Tigers, capping it off with a two-run homer in the eighth off Blaine Hardy. Bauers hit an RBI double in his first at-bat in the second and an infield single in the fourth before his team batted around, allowing him to record an RBI triple later that inning. The Indians rolled to a 13-4 victory.
“That’s something I never even thought about, hitting for the cycle,” Bauers said. “So to do it ... I don’t know. I don’t know what to say about it. Pretty speechless. Just happy, excited.”
The 23-year-old is the first Indians hitter to accomplish the feat since Rajai Davis on July 2, 2016. Bauers followed the Angels' Shohei Ohtani, who hit for the cycle on Thursday, becoming the first pair to do so on consecutive days since Tris Speaker and Chief Meyers on June 9-10, 1912.
“I mean everybody was thrilled for him, myself included,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “It certainly helped lead us to a win, but just to see him swing kind of free and easy and to use the opposite field ... That was really good to see.”
The homer
When Bauers dove into third after serving his triple into left-center field, his mind immediately focused on the cycle. But in his final at-bat, he tried to ignore it. That was, until Shane Bieber stepped in.
“I was talking to him before I went up there and I told him, ‘I don’t know man, I think I’m just going to try and stay left-center and get a base hit where the shortstop should be,’” Bauers said. “And he’s like, ‘Dude, you've got to try to hit a homer.’”

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Shohei Ohtani Is First Japanese Born Player To Hit For The Cycle

L.A. Times reports:

Six years had passed since the Angels last had a player hit for the cycle. It finally came from one of the most likely sources Thursday, a stormy night in the Tampa Bay area that featured both a power delay and power display. Shohei Ohtani, last year’s American League rookie of the year, collected a single, double, triple and homer in a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. No other MLB player born in Japan had hit one until the Rays shifted their infield to the right, leaving the left side of the field exposed, and Ohtani beat them anyway with a seventh-inning single into shallow right-center field.
Ohtani began the night with a three-run homer in the Angels’ five-run first inning off Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough. He added a double third.
A fire at a nearby electrical substation caused a brief, complete loss of power and delayed the game 36 minutes with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning. That didn’t stop Ohtani. He came to bat in the fifth after Angels starter Tyler Skaggs, who stayed in the game long enough to qualify for his first victory since May 13, finished retiring the Rays in order, and Ohtani hit a ball into the right-field corner. He beat the throw from Avisail Garcia easily for his first triple of the season.
Ohtani worked an eight-pitch at-bat in the seventh inning. With a 3-and-2 count, he fouled back two straight fastballs. Then right-handed reliever Hunter Wood dropped a slider into the inner third of the zone. Ohtani bounced it into right field for a single.
Angels in the dugout raised their hands, gesturing for the ball to be taken out of play. Ohtani had made history. Again.

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Justin Verlander Strikes Out 15 Brewers - All Swinging! reports:

On a night the Astros set a club record by striking out 24 batters, including a career-high 15 in seven innings by ace Justin Verlander, the Brewers made the most of their contact by slugging four homers, including a two-run shot by Mike Moustakas in the 14th inning for a 6-3 win on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.
Moustakas crushed the first pitch he saw from lefty reliever Cionel Perez -- the Astros’ seventh pitcher of the game -- to break a 3-3 tie and score Christian Yelich, who led off the inning with a single. The Astros managed only five hits in 14 innings.
“You go back to opportunities missed or you go back to things they did well, but the bottom line is I’m proud of my guys for just kind of sticking through this,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said. “You battle and do all that and it’s a tough game. It’s a pretty remarkable game on the front end of it, and a pretty quiet game on the back end. They came up with a couple of big swings.”
The 24 strikeouts surpassed by one the club record set against the Cubs in Chicago on May 31, 2003. Houston relievers Ryan Pressly and Roberto Osuna followed Verlander’s brilliance by striking out two apiece in their innings. Josh James struck out the side in the 11th before leaving with lat tightness, and Perez fanned two, recording the record-breaking strikeout in the 14th by getting Travis Shaw looking. The first 23 strikeouts were swinging.
“I think it would feel a lot better if we won,” Verlander said. “Yeah, cool, great. But we didn’t win the baseball game.”