MLB News & Moments You Should Know: 5/13/2024

Start your week by recapping the Mother's Day games!

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Players around baseball celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday afternoon, with some wearing special gear and others giving shoutouts to the moms and motherly figures in their lives. Here’s a recap from Sunday’s games!


Today’s Headlines


Darvish and homers power Padres past Dodgers.

Yu Darvish put together a masterful performance against the division-rival Dodgers on Sunday afternoon. The veteran tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, one walk, and struck out seven. San Diego got solo home runs from Fernando Tatis Jr., Jake Cronenworth, and Xander Bogaerts. For Tatis Jr., it was career home run #114 which pushed him past his father’s 113 home runs. It took his father 949 games across 11 seasons, while Jr. did so in 456 games and in his 5th season.


AL ERA leader…?

Coming into the 2024 season, the favorites to win the AL Cy Young Award were familiar names like Gerrit Cole, Corbin Burnes, or Pablo López. I’m not sure anyone envisioned that Seth Lugo would sit atop some of the pitching leaderboards about six weeks into the season — his 1.66 ERA is best in the American League. Lugo looked good against the Angels yesterday, allowing one run on five hits and no walks. Lugo’s 17 whiffs was tied for second-most on the day, behind only Darvish’s 19.


Walk-off wins for the Marlins, Giants, and Mets.

The Marlins needed a win on Sunday to avoid a sweep from the division-rival Phillies. Things didn’t get off to a good start for the Fish. Braxton Garrett, back from a left shoulder injury and making his 2024 debut, gave up a three-run homer to Nick Castellanos in the first inning. He’d eventually settle in, retiring eight consecutive batters at one point and striking out eight in 5 1/3 innings pitched. A few of his inherited runners wound up scoring, but overall the start was promising for Garrett and the Fish. The Marlins roughed up Phillies’ starter Zack Wheeler, forcing him out of the game after six runs in four innings. Miami walked it off in the 10th courtesy of Emmanuel Rivera, earning a much-needed win.

The Reds started off the day by tagging Giants’ starter Kyle Harrison for three runs in the 1st inning thanks to a bases-clearing double by Jeimer Candelario. The Giants had an offensive explosion in the 5th inning, batting through (not around!) the lineup. San Francisco had six hits in the inning including a home run from LaMonte Wade Jr. and RBI singles from Matt Chapman, Heliot Ramos, and Blake Sabol. The Reds scored two more runs to eventually push the game to extra innings. Cincinnati failed to score in the top of the 10th, and San Francisco took advantage in the bottom of the inning. Casey Schmitt played the hero, driving a ground-rule double out to left-centerfield and sending the fans home happy.

Last but not least, another walk-off on Sunday Night Baseball! Brandon Nimmo didn’t start the game due to right side soreness, but he was healthy enough to come in as a pinch-runner for the potential go-ahead run in the 7th inning. He was stranded to end the inning and would stay in the game at leftfield. Nimmo eventually came to the plate in the bottom of the 9th inning with the tying run at second base. A.J. Minter left a 3-2 pitch over the middle of the plate and Nimmo drove it over the centerfield wall, lifting New York over Atlanta in walk-off fashion.



Guardians unveil their City Connect uniforms. 

I was only in Cleveland and at Progressive Field one time, back in 2015, so I defer to those that are from the area. How do Cleveland folks feel about these unis?!




Best Moments From Yesterday


Stat nuggets from the best!

Sarah Langs is the best! She noted that Oneil Cruz’s home run — 112.7 mph exit velocity, 47-degree launch angle — was the hardest-hit home run with a launch angle higher than 45 degrees. Cruz has elite bat speed (77.7 mph), second to only Giancarlo Stanton according to Baseball Savant’s new bat tracking leaderboard.


Hotdogs from heaven vs. launched from an ATV

Apparently the Mariners attach little parachutes to hot dogs and drop them into the crowd. Meanwhile in Philly…


Happy Mother’s Day!

Here are a few of my favorite moments from Mother’s Day around baseball!



Injuries and Other Moves


⚾ 3B Austin Riley left Sunday’s game early with left side tightness. The move was precautionary, per Atlanta.

⚾ C J.T. Realmuto got the day off Sunday due to a banged up knee. He’s considered day-to-day.

⚾ OF Jung Hoo Lee ran into the outfield wall on Sunday and suffered a dislocated left shoulder. He’ll likely head to the IL, according to Giants beat writer Maria Guardado.

⚾ OF Michael Conforto was placed on the 10-day IL with a right hamstring strain

⚾ SS Ha-Seong Kim was hit by a pitch in the left wrist, but X-rays were negative.



Articles You Should Read


Gunnar Henderson’s emergence as Orioles star began at home with having a teacher as a mom — Jacob Calvin Meyer, The Baltimore Sun

Shota Imanaga Is Pitching Like an Ace — Kyle Kishimoto, FanGraphs



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Nicole Cahill

Nicole Cahill is a freelance writer who focuses on mental health and sports. She recently founded a nonprofit that helps youth athletes living with mental health challenges. When she's not fighting stigma or exploring Baseball Savant visuals, you can find Nicole enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book. Portfolio: NicoleCahill.com.

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