Half whiffs: Kimbrel posting historic K rate

Sep 19, 2017 | No Comments

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel is striking out more than 50 percent of the batters that appear before him — 236 hitters have stepped in, 120 have struck out and only 116 have done anything else.

Indians top Power Rankings for second week

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With less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, three division races have been decided — two that never really were races all season (Houston and Washington) and one that we expected to happen but took longer for the crowning team to pull away from the pack (Cleveland).

The 12 unlikeliest MVP Award winners

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The Indians’ Jose Ramirez has a shot at the American League MVP Award. And as surprising as that would be, it still would not rank among the dozen biggest MVP surprises in Major League history.

Philly slam sinks Kershaw after inside-park HR

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Aaron Altherr launched the first grand slam Clayton Kershaw has allowed with two outs in the sixth inning Monday night as the Phillies stunned the Dodgers with a 4-3 comeback win at Citizens Bank Park.

Sox give extra effort vs. O’s, stay 3 games up

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First, there was the comeback. Then there was the letdown. And then there was one last surge back by the Red Sox, who once again demonstrated their resilience with a 10-8, 11-inning victory over the Orioles on Monday night at Camden Yards.

Judge homers, Yanks top Twins on 5-out save

Judge homers, Yanks top Twins on 5-out save

Sep 19, 2017 | No Comments

Aaron Judge hit his American League-leading 44th home run and Jaime Garcia turned in his best start for his new club, helping the Yankees solidify their postseason odds with a 2-1 victory over the Twins on Monday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Crew improves standing with shutout of Bucs

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Ryan Braun homered and five pitchers combined for the Brewers’ 11th shutout victory, a 3-0 triumph over the slumping Pirates at PNC Park. With 12 games left on their schedule, the Brewers pulled within 3 1/2 games of the Cubs in the National League Central and two games of the Rockies in the race for the second NL Wild Card.

55th Stanton HR a beauty beside sculpture

Sep 19, 2017 | No Comments

The mini home run drought for Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton ended with a thunderous clout in the fourth inning on Monday night. Stanton blistered a slider off Mets right-hander Matt Harvey for a three-run home run at Marlins Park.

MLBTR Mailbag: Martinez, Orioles, Nicasio, Phillies

Sep 19, 2017 | No Comments

For the most recent edition(s) of the MLBTR Mailbag, MLBTR’s Jeff Todd fielded questions on the Cardinals’ search for a bat, whether the Pirates are at a crossroads, the heavily active August trade period and the Giants’ offseason. We also published a second special edition hosted by Twins right-hander Trevor May, who has been contributing to MLBTR’s Players’ Perspective series while working his way back from Tommy John surgery. Trevor gave perspective into his rehab from a major surgery, the feeling of being traded (from Philadelphia to Minnesota in 2012), pitch counts/innings limits and much more. Onto this week’s questions… What do you think J.D. Martinez’s earning potential will be in free agency? Do the Diamondbacks have a real chance to resign JD and if not which teams do you think will hold the most interest? — John H.

No two ways about it: Ohtani one of a kind

No two ways about it: Ohtani one of a kind

Sep 19, 2017 | No Comments

What if the talents of both a top pitcher and a top hitter could somehow come in the form of one single player? How would it work? That’s what teams considering bidding on Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani are trying to figure out now that it seems certain he’ll be posted this offseason.