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MLB News Notes and Mailbags: Week of 6/1-6/7

As another week passes we edge closer to the AllStar game and the trade deadline. With clubs having a better understanding of where they reside on the “Win-Curve” we can expect some moves to start being made. So we take a look at some highlights from the past week in Major League Baseball. And don’t forget to take a look back at last week’s top stories in the MLB

  • First Deal Done

The Arizona Diamondbacks decided to get out ahead of the pack and made the first move of the MLB trade season. Making a trade with the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Jon Jay.

  • Javy Being Javy

Just another example of Javy Being Javy. It has been made clear from his no-look tags to his aggressive nature on the bases that Javier Baez‘s Baseball IQ is off the charts and his steal of home or his willingness and reckless abandon to make every play is no different.

  • Mr. Clear The Benches

Division rivalries always have a little more intensity and that was evident in Anaheim when Roughned Odor slid into the shin of the LA Angels Andrelton Simmons. Simmons was forced to bandage up his “nasty gash” according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia. This isn’t the first time that Odor has incited a bench-clearing scenario, as we all remember the “Punch Heard Round the World” with Jose Bautista.

  • When you copy the smart kids work

Alex Rodriguez has been a polarizing character throughout his time in the MLB. But has generally received praise for his work with Fox and now ESPN. However, we now have video evidence of where he gets his brilliant insight from.

  • Dealin’ Straight Fire

Jose Berrios of the Minnesota Twins has turned into a bonafide ace. His dominance on the mound continues time after time and start after start. His blazing fastball coupled with a killer curve make him a very formidable force every fifth day.

  • Expect the Unexpected

The man that makes the impossible look routine. Yes, we have another Nolan Arenado highlight to show you. Rawlings awards the best defensive player each and every season with the “Platinum Glove”, however, at this point it may as well be called the Nolan Arenado Award.

  • Shades of 09

When the Chicago Cubs superstar Kris Bryant was running to second base for a steal against the Philadelphia Phillies a flashback shot across the minds of all Phillies fans of Johnny Damon in the ’09 World Series. Bryant being the heads up player that he is realized that no one was covering third and proceeded on unchallenged.

  • Ripping Bags & Making History

Speedster Rajai Davis made some history as he stole three bags in one game. The Record once set by the great Ichiro from 2012.

  • When Equipment Fights Back

Bryce Harper is a polarizing figure in the baseball, and now apparently with his equipment also.

  • Manny’s Does It All

If there was any doubt about Manny Machado ability on a baseball field that was all put to rest. On top of hitting for a slash line of .323/.393/.621 with 18 home runs and 49 rbi’s, Manny can catch everything including flying bats.

  • Scherz The Immaculate Pitcher

Max Scherzer has been arguably the best pitcher in all of the baseball over the last few seasons. No-Hitter, 20 Strikeout games and now Immaculate Innings to add to his already impressive resume.

  • Spot On Mr. Heaney

Andrew Heany pitched a masterpiece on his special day. Heaney pitched a one-hit shutout on his 27th birthday on just 94 pitches.

  • #1 Pick

Right-handed pitcher Casey Mize of Auburn was chosen number one overall by the Detroit Tigers.

  • MLB First-Year Player Draft in the Books

The MLB First-Year Player Draft is now concluded and teams will transition into developing those players they drafted. What names will become the new superstars of tomorrow? We will just have to wait and see.

  • Raise the Roof for Rosario

Twins Outfielder Eddie Rosario is one of the baseball’s most underrated talents. Rosario has displayed his talents in the WBC but he’s now just added to his highlight reel with an incredible 3-homer day.

  • Don’t Hit ME!!!

Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Fiers have some history of an unpleasant nature. So when Fiers ran one in on Stanton that hit his elbow guard Giancarlo was visibly upset. Then in his next at-bat proceeded to answer back the best way he knew how. By unleashing a monster blast.

  • Cy Young Sevvy

New York Yankees Ace Luis Severino is in the midst of a stellar run of dominance. With a dominant fastball and a devastating slider, Sevvy will undoubtedly be a favorite again this season for the AL Cy Young.

  • Who Said Pitcher Can’t Rake

Jake Arrieta proving to be a truly valuable asset for the Philadelphia Phillies. Also showing that not just Shohei Ohtani can pitch and hit homers.

  • Great To See You Back, Danny

Danny Farquhar suffered a serious injury but is doing well. And we here at the Laracuente Ledger are happy to see him doing well and continue wishing and praying for a full and speedy recovery.

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