MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 8/15

Gabe Goralnick reviews the biggest news and moments from Sunday

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Today’s Headlines


Nearly Perfect

Drew Rasmussen threw the most dominant eight innings baseball has seen in a very long time on Sunday. Facing the Orioles, the righty threw eight perfect innings and did not exceed 12 pitches in any of those frames.

On the first pitch of his ninth inning, Rasmussen allowed a double to Jorge Mateo, ending his bid for perfection. After allowing Mateo to score on a wild pitch, Rasmussen was pulled allowing the bullpen to record the final two outs.

Rasmussen’s final line was one earned run on one hit, seven strikeouts, and no walks. The most recent perfect game remains Félix Hernández’s perfect game on August 15, 2012.


Age is Just a Number

At the age of 42, Albert Pujols is still showing flashes of his vintage self. On Sunday, that flash was a multi-homer game bringing the future hall of famer within 11 long-balls of 700. Between his two home runs, Pujols knocked in four runs in the contest.

Pujols’ pair of homers along with Miles Mikolas‘ eight innings of two-run ball on Sunday brought the Cardinals to a series win over the Brewers. The first-place Cardinals now hold a 1.5 game lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central.

In his final major league season, Pujols is slashing .249/.325/.459. With his 125 OPS+, the righty is hitting 25% better than the average MLB hitter and has even offered better production than youngster Ronald Acuña Jr.



Best Moments From Yesterday


Remembering Uvalde

Almost three-months following the mass-shooting in Uvalde, Texas, the Astros held “Uvalde Strong Day” on Sunday. Alex Bregman was able to heed a young Uvalde girl’s wish and hit a homerun in her town’s honor.


Two Goats Walk Into a Dugout…

It is rare enough for a team to have one generational pitcher, but for one team to have the two best pitchers in the game on its roster; that is something else. Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom were caught having what looked to be a quite passionate conversation during Sunday’s game against the Phillies. One can only imagine what those two pitching geniuses are saying to each other.


Gleyber Day

In-game interviews have become a bit controversial amongst fans recently, but anyone could lend a chuckle to Gleyber Torres reaction to turning a double-play while being mic’d up. After turning to double play to get out of a third inning jam, Torres joked, “We’ve got a highlight here.”


Carita Clears the Bullpens

Rafael Devers has been struggling lately, particularly with the fastball. With Boston is dire need of some insurance on Sunday evening to help them pull off their first multi-game series win against a division opponent, Devers came through. With a full-count, Jameson Taillon served Devers a 96 MPH fastball up-and-in, and the third baseman served the ball into the bleachers. Devers jogged half-way to first base before flipping the bat.




Mike Soroka (Achilles) will begin a rehab on Tuesday.

Kyle Wright (arm) is day to day with right arm fatigue.

Ronald Acuña Jr. (knee) was held out of Sunday’s lineup.

Luis Robert (wrist) will not require a trip to the IL but remains day to day.

Jonathan India (lower leg) remains day to day and will not need a trip to the IL.

Mike Trout (ribs) participated in a full round of batting practice on Sunday.

Corey Knebel (lat) strained his lat on Sunday and will miss time.

Bryce Harper (thumb) will take batting practice on Monday.

Joc Pederson’s (hand) x-rays were negative and he is day to day.


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Gabe Goralnick

A senior at Yeshiva University studying political science and a diehard baseball lover from the Big Apple. He's either watching baseball, writing about baseball, or cooking some awesome food.

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