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MLB News & Moments You Should Know: 7/11/2024

DINGERS ON DECK

Stay updated on everything baseball with our morning MLB News & Moments articles. We’ve got you covered to keep you in the know.

The most important personal news from the last week is that I successfully procured a George Constanza bobblehead at the Yankees game on July 5th. Please clap and also don’t talk to me about that game or really anything the Yankees have done for the past month, thanks.

 

Today’s Headlines

 

Forecast: Dingers

That’s right, the Home Run Derby is locked in, with Teoscar Hernández announcing his participation on Wednesday to round out the field of eight. You can read more about the derby contestants over at MLB.com. The headliner still has to be O’s shortstop Gunnar Henderson, who leads the pack with 27 round trippers as of today, but personally I can never count out Pete Alonso, who has two wins under his belt already and just seems to utterly clear his mind of anything except hitting tanks when the time comes.

Oh also, the winner gets…this insane chain:

You’d figure it being Texas, they would make it a belt buckle or something but whatever, I deeply love the derby, here’s to dingers!

The Immaculate Kopechcion

It’s been an interesting year for Michael Kopech, who found himself in the closer role for the White Sox after years of injury-plagued work as a starter. Even in the new role, it’s been an uneven season, as Kopech owns a 5.31 ERA over 39 innings of work with eight each of saves and losses. But on Wednesday, he was Immaculate, retiring the Twins in order on nine pitches:

That marks the 117th immaculate inning in MLB history, which makes it roughly 30% as rare as a no-hitter. Which is pretty wild. But the really important thing is that this marks the first White Sox immaculate inning since 1923, but none other than uh, Sloppy Thurston. Sure.

60delphia

The Phils have been riding  heater for a bit now, and it’s gotten them across the 60-win mark first, beating out the 57 win Orioles and Guardians to the nice round milestone. They also just got Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber back, to boot. (Although Bryce sat out Wednesday due to a bruised hand.)

Atlanta has a nice 4.5-game lead in the NL Wild Card race, but they still trail Philly by 8.5 games for the division, and if the team of Brotherly Love keeps on rolling, that number will probably only be going up from here.

 

Best Moments From Yesterday

 

NicKKKKKKKK Pivetta

It was overall a day to forget for the Red Sox as they fell 5-2 to the A’s, but starting pitcher Nick Pivetta will probably remember his outing, throwing 6.2 innings, and while he gave up four runs, he did punch out 10 Oakland batters, including eight in a row, tying the franchise record:

What Year Is It?!

Meanwhile, the Cubs took down the fearsome O’s 4-0, and Nico Hoerner went back in time to bring us a dab?!

Sure man, whatever works.

But for real, the Cubs were guided to victory by Shota Imanaga going ace mode:

Shota gave up six hits, but paired that with six strikeouts, and his ERA for the season is back below three, at a mere 2.97. Pretty impressive stuff.

Hey uhhhhhh, What?

Team social media giving silly interviews to the player isn’t anything new, but the Mariners took it to a new level in this simple prompt video, featuring Ryan Bliss, Logan Gilbert, Bryan Woo, Bryce Miller, and Ryne Stanek. Please, just watch this:

That’s five players giving maybe two and a fraction answers, and they’re all somehow still wrong? (It’s before.) Come for the harmless questions, stay for the ant stories?! I don’t even know, somebody please make sure Bryce isn’t living in too much filth.

Shohei After Dark

Obligatory Shohei Ohtani item.

 

Injuries and Other Moves

 

⚾ The Dodgers optioned Bobby Miller to AAA. The team is pretty adamant that Miller isn’t hurting at all, but that he’s just underperforming and likely wouldn’t be pitching between now and post-All-Star Break anyway. Manager Dave Roberts says there’s no real timetable for his return.

Staying with LA news, Walker Buehler is still in Florida throwing bullpens and working on mechanics. The exact quote from Dave Roberts is “I can say there’s progress,” Dave Roberts said today. “But I really can’t even speak intelligently what that progress is. I really can’t.” Ok then.

⚾ Mets reliever Reed Garrett is on the IL and headed for an MRI on his elbow due to the dreaded “forearm tightness” that he experienced on Tuesday.

⚾ Jays shortstop Bo Bichette was removed from last night’s game due to “right calf soreness,” which is the same type of injury that he just came back from the IL for.

⚾ Arizona’s Jordan Lawlar also reinjured his hamstring, and will be out for another six to eight weeks.

Gabriel Moreno was a scratch from last night’s game due to “lower back discomfort.

Yordan Alvarez was pulled from last night’s game due to “right hip tightness.

 

Articles You Should Read

 

Warning: The Jocks Talk Like Nerds NowMike Baumann, FanGraphs

We Are Still Our NumbersTimothy Jackson, Baseball Prospectus (sub req’d)

 

Fantasy Baseball Coverage

 

Is It Legit?

Closing Time

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Asher Dratel

Asher hails from Brooklyn, wears a 2008 Joba Chamberlain jersey to every Yankees game he attends, and pronounces BABIP funny. Appreciator of Beefy Lad dingers and beers. @asherd.bsky.social on Bluesky.

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