Major League Baseball is “unlikely” to issue any penalty to the Cardinals for the organization’s role in the Astros computer breach controversy prior to the upcoming amateur draft on June 9, Derrick Gould of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch hears from sources familiar with Commissioner Rob Manfred’s thoughts on the matter. Manfred “has wide latitude” in issuing a punishment of some type to the Cards, and it has been heavily speculated that the penalty could include limitations on the team’s draft pool or perhaps simply taking away some picks altogether. The league has been unable to complete its investigation into the matter, however, since the sentencing hearing for former St. Louis scouting director Chris Correa has been postponed multiple times. The hearing for Correa (who pleaded guilty to charges) is currently scheduled to take place on July 5. As Goold notes, the coming draft projects as a bountiful one for the Cardinals given the number of extra picks and spending at their disposal. St. Louis owns four of the first 70 picks and has a draft pool of just under $9.1MM, totals boosted by the compensation picks the club received when Jason Heyward and John Lackey left in free agency after rejecting qualifying offers.
The Mets believe they’ve pinpointed the root of Harvey’s issues — a mechanical flaw that flares up as he pitches deeper into games. What’s also clear is that batters are slashing .241/.292/.373 the first time they face Harvey, .301/.326/.518 the second time and .509/.563/.764 the third. So if Harvey corrects the flaw and those trends persist, the Mets may want to investigate his struggles more deeply.
Two Beat the Streak participants are up above the 40-game plateau as they chase Joe DiMaggio’s famed 56-game hitting streak from 1941.
If the Astros do find a way to climb back into contention this season, fans may point to this past week as the turnaround point. And, with a closer look, they may find that Houston’s bullpen was one of the biggest sparks for the team’s rally.
There is no one quite like Clayton Kershaw.
The Cubs have been a consistent tenant at the top spot of our MLB Weekly Power Rankings, but it’s fair to at least wonder if in a couple of more weeks, we’ll be talking about the Giants like we did about the Cubs in the first month of the season.
Here are the Top GIFs from Sunday’s games, courtesy of @MLBgifs.
The Red Sox and Orioles, and their prolific offenses, are set to collide with the division lead hanging in the balance.
As America remembers the military’s sacrifices on Memorial Day, a date of celebration is on the calendar for the Fourth of July Weekend, and the venue for it is very much on track. Fort Bragg will play host to the Braves and Marlins at a new stadium on July 3.