The Dodgers lost tonight for the first time in nearly three weeks, stopping their win streak at 11 and dropping them to 31-5 in their past 36 games. Their streak was tied for the longest such one in baseball this year. (The Astros put up the same mark in early June.)
If you hadn’t watched a single baseball game this year, you could have gotten pretty well caught up on how things are playing out just by watching the Dodgers and Astros close out their first halves of the season yesterday. These are the two best teams in baseball, and yesterday they showed us precisely why.
The 42,225 fans at yesterday’s Dodgers-Royals tilt at Dodger Stadium were treated to an unexpected delight when an elderly woman boogying down on the videoboard caught a little too much of the spirit and flashed the crowd.
The Angels achieved perhaps the weirdest sort of walk-off win tonight—the walk-off strikeout, pushing them to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers in the ninth inning.
Yasiel Puig has a cannon for an arm. You know this. Everyone who has watched him knows this. Kole Calhoun, presumably, knows this—yet he found himself trying to go from first to third in the eighth inning tonight on a single hit to Puig, which meant that he found himself thrown out.
Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino entered the seventh inning of Sunday’s game with two outs, two men on, and a two-run lead. He walked Dodgers second baseman Austin Barnes, and then everything fell apart.
Yasiel Puig recently said having to adjust to MLB’s rules of decorum means having less fun. “They’ve wanted to change so many things about me that I feel so off,” he told ESPN. “I don’t feel like the player I was in 2013.” Puig tried to enjoy himself last night, taking his time with a home run in the Dodgers’ 8-2 win…
Rather than let his teammate and likely future rookie of the year Cody Bellinger continue to steal the spotlight, reigning rookie of the year Corey Seager yanked it back tonight. While Bellinger hit a milestone of his own in the team’s 12-0 win over the Mets, Seager made sure he was unequivocally the hero.
Cody Bellinger has been in the big leagues for less than two months and is already the subject of a litany of fun facts, thanks to the historic pace of his rookie season. Here’s another one—he’s now the first rookie ever to hit 10 home runs in a 10-game span.
What do the three best teams in the National League all have in common? They all play in the NL West. As of Tuesday, the Diamondbacks have won seven games in a row, the Rockies have won five in a row, and the Dodgers have won four in a row. In their last 10 games, these teams are 9-1, 7-3, and 9-1, respectively.
Cody Bellinger, called up when he was only because of injuries on the Dodgers’ big-league roster, gave the rest of the league a three-week head start. He’s caught up. With his 20th and 21st home runs in last night’s 10-6 win over the Mets, Bellinger now leads the NL in home runs, and is just two behind the Yankees’…
Clayton Kershaw began the night against the Mets looking more or less like Clayton Kershaw, which is to say that he began the night looking as if he’d be very hard to hit. But that soon unraveled—seemingly slowly, at first, and then very quickly—and suddenly it was the seventh inning and baseball’s best pitcher was…
A little more than two weeks ago, Kenley Jansen set the record for most strikeouts to begin a season before allowing one walk. The record-breaking strikeout was No. 36, and he hasn’t slowed down since—getting No. 50 to go down swinging last night.
Much of baseball’s attention for slugging rookies has focused on Aaron Judge, and understandably so—a major-league leading 22 home runs will do that, along with a 6'7" frame and playing for the New York Yankees and everything else the 25-year-old has to offer.
Yasiel Puig opened up the scoring in tonight’s Dodgers-Cleveland game with a two-run dinger, and he celebrated accordingly by sending a message to a few fans in the crowd with two select fingers. #PuigYourFriend, indeed. Here’s one angle:
Minor league baseball is a land of bizarre promotions; from speed dating night to toilet seat night, farm clubs will always go the extra absurd mile to keep up the enthusiasm—and this can be excused, when the on-field entertainment consists of just-passing-throughs and never-will-bes.
The Dodgers’ pitching staff racked up a whole lotta strikeouts against the Brewers last night—a record-tying 26, as part of a 12-inning win that featured 42 Ks in total between the two teams. Clayton Kershaw got the spotlight for recording his 2,000th strikeout, but Kenley Jansen also hit a milestone here with four Ks…
Clayton Kershaw, who is 7-2 with a 2.04 ERA and remains the best pitcher in the league, had his best start of the season last night. He pitched nine innings against the Cardinals, allowed three hits and just one run, and struck out 10 batters in just 104 pitches. It was a marvelous outing, and it ended in a way that…
Yasiel Puig caught a dangerous fly ball from Yadier Molina to end the 10th inning tonight, but he paid for it dearly. A few innings after Pederson and Cody Bellinger ran into each other, Puig took out Pederson with a nasty elbow to the face while also taking a shot himself. Both men lay on the grass before slowly…