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MLB News Notes and Mailbags: Week of 5/25-5/31

With another week’s worth of baseball in the books, let’s check out some of the top headlines in the MLB. Starting with a booming battle in Beantown. And don’t forget to take a look at last week’s News Notes and Mailbags.

  • Bombs in Beantown

Mookie Betts and JD Martinez are looking to make it a race unto themselves for the MLB’s Home Run Crown as both men continue a back and forth exchange of home runs.

  • Panda Plays Second

Through injury depletion, the San Francisco Giants had a new starting second baseman the “KungFu Panda” Pablo Sandoval. When this news brought everyone tuned in to watch what kind of magic/chaos (depending on your perspective) would ensue. Panda was repeatedly tested but did not look overmatched for much of it.

  • 10 Out of 10

Jose Altuve is a dynamic ballplayer capable of doing many things, the most of which is get hits. Altuve rattled off ten straight hits this past week

  • You Can’t Predict Baseball

As the New York Yankees radio play by play announcer John Sterling would say “You Can’t Predict Baseball.” The Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman throws hard, and it bounces back giving catcher Gary Sanchez the chance to throw out Tony Kemp trying to advance to third.

  • After a Controversial Slide, Tensions Rise

After a questionable slide first deemed ok, the league stepped in and changed the decision. But that did little to quell the rising tension amongst these two NL Central foes. The Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo slid into catcher Elias Diaz of the Pittsburgh Pirates which lead to the initial controversy. Then at a slide at second base the tensions where evident when pitcher Joe Musgrove slid into infielder Javy Baez.

  • Looking Like Mays

Jackie Bradley Jr of the Boston Red Sox has always possessed a spectacular glove. And he shows off another reason why with this Willie Mays-esque catch.

  • Verlander Continues to Dominate as a Astros

Justin Verlander once arguably the best pitcher in baseball, had a rough last few years in Detroit. The thought was it was a combination of losing and injury that sapped him of his power. Through that Verlander learned the art of pitching and not just throwing. And since becoming a member of the Houston Astros, Verlander has found the fountain of youth. Since becoming an Astros, Verlander has pitched to an ERA of 1.09 in 115.1 innings, with a strikeout to walk of 141-20.

  • Harper Playing For Keeps

While the batting average may be lower than expected of the Washington NationalsBryce Harper is doing everything else just as you’d imagine. Harper has 18 home runs through two months of baseball. Everyone hates it, but at this pace, Harper would end up with 54 home runs at seasons end. And this being his walk year Harper will get paid this offseason.

  • Gooses Wild in Detroit

We have to let the goose play out.

  • Mad Max Reaches 150

Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer with his win last night achieved 150 career victories. Scherzer has been incredible for the Nationals since signing with them in 2015. The question now becomes is Scherzer on a Hall of Fame trajectory?

  • Eovaldi’s Perfect Reintroduction

Nathan Eovaldi hasn’t pitched in the Major Leagues since 2016 recovering from Tommy John Surgery. But in his debut with the Tampa Bay Rays, Eovaldi held the Oakland A’s hitless through six innings before being pulled. It is a wonderful sight to see as Eovaldi is still a young man at only 28 years old. And if he can continue to pitch like he did against the A’s it will be a welcomed sight in Tampa.

  • Why Baseball Players Are The Best Athletes

While athletes or all sports possess great skill baseball players are the cream of the crop. The reaction time necessary to complete some plays on a baseball field are just beautiful to witness.

  • Mr. Smiles All Smiles

Francisco Lindor had a night to remember as he had four hits. Two Doubles and two home runs.

  • Pedro on the Mound

Every Yankee fans worse nightmare was once again a reality, Pedro Martinez stepped on the mound at Fenway Park for the Red Sox Alumni game. Even at 46 years old the sight of Pedro toeing the rubber instilled fear in opposing batters. Many ed Sox Alums were present for this game including Mike Lowell, Julio Lugo, Keith Foulke, Wade Boggs, Bill Lee and many many more.

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