MLB News & Moments You Should Know: 5/27/2024

Ronald Acuña Jr. tears left ACL, will miss the rest of the season.

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Today’s Headlines


Ronald Acuña Jr. suffers torn ACL in left knee.

I hate that I have to start out with bad news. Ronald Acuña Jr. suffered a non-contact knee injury on the basepaths during Sunday’s game. He was in a lot of pain but was able to walk off the field on his own. He said after the game that the pain was different than what his torn ACL in his right knee felt like in 2021, and he was hopeful he would only miss a month. Unfortunately, Atlanta announced Sunday night that Acuña has a complete tear of his left ACL. It’s crushing news for both Atlanta and the game of baseball.

I feel for Acuña on a much deeper level, too. In a Players’ Tribune article this past March, he wrote candidly about dealing with depression during his knee injury in 2021. I hope that he can heal both physically and mentally, and that he has people around him to help him through the road to recovery. The game is better with him in it.


Bradish’s gem helps Orioles sweep White Sox.

Starting pitching was on display in Chicago this afternoon. White Sox starter Garrett Crochet struck out 5 of the first 6 batters he faced and ended the day tying a career-high 11 strikeouts. Crochet entered Sunday’s game having not given up a run since May 5th, but the scoreless streak came to an end courtesy of an Adley Rutschman homer.

On the other half of the pitchers duel was Kyle Bradish. He tossed 7 no-hit innings for the Orioles, also striking out 11 batters but walking 4. The O’s went to their bullpen in the 8th inning and that’s where their luck ran out. Danny Mendick hit a pinch-hit home run off Danny Coulombe, breaking up the no hitter and putting the White Sox on the board. Mendick’s solo shot was the White Sox only hit of the day. A 4-1 Orioles win on Sunday capped off a 4-game sweep of the Sox.


Guardians win 9 straight!

Blake errr, Ben Lively had another solid outing yesterday. Lively pitched 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 5 Angels batters. José Ramírez has been on fire, but his patience at the plate was the deciding factor on Sunday. Cleveland broke the tie with a 3-run 6th inning, and it was Ramírez’s bases loaded walk that would be the game’s deciding factor.

Cleveland has swept the last three series (against the Twins, Mets, and Angels) and enters Memorial Day riding a 9-game win streak. In that span, Ramírez is 12-for-36 with 3 doubles, 6 home runs, and 15 RBI.


Walk-off wins for the Tigers and Mets.

It was a slugfest in Detroit on Sunday afternoon! The Blue Jays and Tigers traded runs all day, but the Tigers came up in the bottom of the ninth to deliver the final blow. The two teams combined for 7 home runs and 25 runs scored. Cavan Biggio, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and Daulton Varsho homered for Toronto, but it wouldn’t be enough. Spencer Torkelson and Carson Kelly each hit a home run for Detroit, but the player of the game was Matt Vierling. He went 4-for-6 with two home runs, including the walk-off 3-run blast in the bottom of the ninth.

Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen was right, the sun did come up for the Mets on Sunday. Sean Manaea and Adrian Houser pitched well enough to keep the Mets in the game, and the offense suddenly came alive in the bottom of the ninth inning. Brandon Nimmo and J.D. Martinez hit back-to-back singles and a Jeff McNeil hit-by-pitch loaded the bases. Harrison Bader connected with a pitch a foot above the strike zone, driving a game-tying double into shallow left field. Omar Narváez would wind up delivering the walk-off hit for the Mets, a much-needed victory that snaped the Mets’ 5-game losing streak.


This & That.

I’m introducing a This & That segment to highlight some top performers worthy of praise! Sunday’s players include:



Best Moments From Yesterday


J-Rod is the best!

A young Mariners fan reached over the left field wall at Nationals Park and got called for fan interference, causing Nationals hitter Luis Garcia to be called out. The home crowd booed the kid in the Mariners shirt, but Julio Rodríguez showed the kid some love.


You can’t escape the tarp monster.

Another groundskeeper eaten by the beast!


As Seen On Netflix: Benches clear in Boston

By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the Netflix crews following the Boston Red Sox for a new docuseries. When the benches cleared on Sunday, Red Sox beat writer Chris Cotillo snapped a picture of the players on the field and what appeared to be a cameraman and boom mic operator near the action.


Baseball has the weirdest injuries.

There’s been so many weird injuries in baseball and Miguel Sanó is just the latest!


Injuries and Other Moves


⚾ OF Ronald Acuña Jr. suffered a torn ACL in his left knee Sunday afternoon. He will need surgery and be out for the year. 

⚾ SP Cristian Javier did not throw his scheduled bullpen yesterday due to forearm discomfort, so he appears unlikely to make his scheduled start on Tuesday.

⚾ OF Lars Nootbaar was scratched from the lineup Sunday night due to hamstring tightness. It doesn’t seem serious so consider him day-to-day.

⚾ 3B Austin Riley remained on the bench for the 13th straight game. There’s optimism he’ll play today, but we shall see!



Articles You Should Read


East-West Classic celebrates Negro Leagues, reminds former players what’s missing today — Tyler Kepner, The Athletic

I Mean No Harm, I Swear — Ronald Acuña Jr., The Player’s Tribune



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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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