MLB News & Moments You Should Know: 05/14/2024

Impressive performances narrate a jam-packed MLB Monday!

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Today’s Headlines


IM more than AN AGA

Look, I don’t write The List – and I know this week’s iteration was posted just a few hours before another brilliant performance from Cubs Ace (!!), Shota Imanaga, but how much more of an argument is left? Imanaga earned the win against Atlanta last night, pitching five scoreless innings against one of the league’s most loaded offenses. He struck out eight while allowing seven hits and walking three. More impressive? None of the hits went for extra bases. Imanaga lowered his ERA to an unbelievable, MLB leading, 0.94, while also ranking in the top ten for his WHIP ratio.


His pitch combo is just so good, the fastball might be the best pitch in the majors at the moment and then to combine it with this type of sweeper? Sheesh!


The three walks brought his total to just eight on the season. He is one of just 13 hurlers with a strikeout-to-walk ratio above 6.0 so far this season. Also, he has a masterful pickoff move. Crown him, Nick!


You’re going to need more hands


This is just the beauty of physics to me, a fan in Seattle caught back-to-back foul balls in the same spot. It’s almost unbelievable. Both pitches were thrown at the same speed, to the same part of the plate, and I guess when you have consistent swing mechanics – magical things like this can happen.

If you’re looking to catch a foul in Seattle, I think I know where you need to sit!


Snakes hate Mondays no more


The Diamondbacks had been more akin to Garfield to open the year. Entering yesterday’s play, the Diamondbacks were 0-5 on Monday games. They snapped that streak in dramatic fashion, walking off the Reds with a big two-run single from Kevin Newman. It was Alexis Díaz’s second blown save of the year.


Edwin Diaz blows two-run lead, first time in 50 saves


It’s been a bit of a rough stretch for the Mets closer. He’s now blown two save chances in his last three and the control did not look like it was fully present last night. Diaz allowed a home run to Bryson Stott immediately to open the frame and then things got a little dicey. A pretty clear swing was called a check which loaded the bases for Diaz to plunk Alec Bohm and walk in the tying run. The Mets ultimately lost the opener in extras.

Diaz should be fine. He still has elite stuff and yesterday appears more to be a bit unlucky. You be the judge… I think this should have been a strike. I wouldn’t have been happy either, Carlos.


Best Moments From Yesterday


Betts Crushes 50th Career Lead-Off Bomb


Mookie Betts needs just eight more career lead-off home runs to take second place all time, I think he gets that done – Ricky Henderson’s 81 is probably a bit untouchable, however.


Rutschman double dinger vs Berrios


There isn’t much debate left to be had, Adley Rutschman is clearly a top-two catcher in the American League along with Salvador Perez. He also now owns a batting average north of .600 against José Berríos after tacking on two slams last night.


Varsho robs and smacks home run


Now that’s playing on both sides of the ball. The Jays only won by a single run, quite the impactful performance for the outfielder!


Cardinals explode for eight-run frame


I’ll keep it real, when the Redbirds gave up a four-run spot early in this game, I thought they stood no chance to win. They’ve been one of the most disappointing teams of the season and on a West Coast road trip, down four? It seemed improbable. Well, if you don’t enjoy the improbable occurring, baseball probably isn’t for you!

Let’s just say the Cards put on their rally hats!


Injuries and Other Moves


Austin Riley avoids injury, MRI reveals inflammation.

Rhys Hoskins left Monday’s game with a hamstring injury, will get MRI.

Jung Hoo Lee was placed on the 10-day IL with a dislocated shoulder.

TJ Friedl has a fractured thumb six games after returning from wrist fracture, hits 10-day IL.

Max Scherzer has no timetable for return, thumb issue is nerve related.

Grayson Rodriguez (shoulder inflammation) hopeful to be reinstated after minimum IL stay.

Zack Gelof expected to be activated this week.


Articles You Should Read

Everything to know about Statcast’s new bat-tracking data — Mike Petriello, MLB

Early Observations From Statcast’s New Bat Tracking Data — Ben Clemons, FanGraphs


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