MLB News & Moments You Should Know: 6/24/2024

Pablo López and Sonny Gray flirt with perfection.

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Two pitchers flirt with perfection.

Sunday was a day of great pitching performances, led by Pablo López and Sonny Gray. Despite his recent struggles, López was dominant against the Athletics on Sunday. He racked up 5 strikeouts in the first two innings and didn’t allow a baserunner until Lawrence Butler’s two-out single in the 6th inning. He finished the day with 14 Ks, tying a career high. In 8 total innings, he allowed just 2 hits and 1 walk. He got 19 whiffs and had a 31% CSW on the afternoon.

Sonny Gray also had a fantastic afternoon, taking a perfect game into the 7th inning against the Giants. He was cruising through the first few innings, including a 7-pitch 3rd inning and 8-pitch 5th inning. Gray’s bid for perfection was spoiled two outs in the 7th inning thanks to a home run from Patrick Bailey. Gray finished the day allowing just 1 run, no walks, and striking out 8 across 7 innings. He got 11 whiffs and had a 39% CSW on Sunday. Gray’s outing helped the Cardinals sweep the Giants.


Scherzer makes 2024 debut.

Max Scherzer looked just as good as we all remember him in his 2024 debut on Sunday. Scherzer, who had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back this offseason, missed the start of the season due to the back injury, thumb soreness, and nerve issues. The Rangers eased him into the 2024 debut, keeping him to just 5 innings and 57 pitches against the Royals on Sunday. He allowed 1 hit, 0 walks, and struck out 4. Scherzer’s 4th strikeout was career No. 3,371, which tied him with Greg Maddux for 11th-most strikeouts all time. Max’s first win of 2024 secured the sweep for the Rangers.


Astros and Guardians sweep.

Along with the Cardinals and Rangers, the Astros and Guardians also swept their way to victory this weekend. The Astros quieted the Orioles, with Framber Valdez pitching 7 strong innings for Houston on Sunday. Alex Bregman went 4-for-4 while Yainer Diaz and Jeremy Peña had 3 hits and 3 RBIs each.

The Guardians swept the Blue Jays and have now won 5 in a row. Steven Kwan, José Ramírez, and Josh Naylor powered Cleveland’s offense despite a rough start for Triston McKenzie, and Emmanuel Clase earned his league-leading 27th save.


This & That.

The segment that highlights some top performers worthy of praise! Sunday’s players include:


Best Moments From Yesterday


Cubs unveil Ryne Sandberg statue.

The best part is the photo of current Cubs players watching the ceremony outside Wrigley Field.


“Dada! Cage!”

Alex Bregman’s son really wanted to hit the batting cages after the game, making for a cute moment when he interrupted his dad’s postgame interview.


Marlins fans cheer and boo for all the right reasons.

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Fried vs. Rice

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Injuries and Other Moves


⚾ CL Edwin Diaz was ejected upon entering Sunday night’s game, presumably for sticky stuff. If that’s the case, he will automatically be suspended for 10 games.

⚾ P Taijuan Walker was placed on the 15-day IL with right index finger inflammation

OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton hit the IL with a left hamstring strain.

⚾ CL David Bednar was placed on the 15-day IL with an oblique injury.

⚾ DH Eloy Jiménez looked to struggle running the bases on Sunday, but he’s considered day-to-day with soreness.

⚾ IF Orelvis Martinez, who made his MLB debut on Friday, was suspended 80 games for violating MLB’s PED policy. According to Jeff Passan, “Martinez said he was prescribed a fertility drug this winter that led to his positive PED test.”

SS Matt McLain, who hasn’t played in 2024 due to shoulder surgery in the spring, hasn’t started swinging yet. Although Reds manager David Bell said McLain is “exactly where he wants to be,” there’s still no timetable for his return.

⚾ OF Heston Kjerstad is expected to be recalled this week.



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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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