MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 9/12/23

Olson hits #50

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Today’s Headlines


Woodruff goes the distance

One day after Corbin Burnes lost a no-hitter due to lack of run support at Yankee Stadium, Brandon Woodruff tossed his first complete game shutout.

The Brewers’ offense teed off on Jesús Luzardo and the Marlins’ pen with a season-high 17 hits in a dominant 12-0 victory. I wonder what Burnes thought about the offensive outburst.

Meanwhile, the Brewers (80-63) have a three-game lead over the Cubs (78-67) in the NL Central.

Matt Olson reaches a milestone

Matt Olson clobbered his 49th and 50th home runs of the season in the nightcap of yesterday’s doubleheader, a 7-5 loss to the Phillies. Both came against Michael Lorenzen.

Olson is one away from tying the franchise record held by Andruw Jones who hit 51 in 2005. Olson also leads baseball in RBIs with 127 and is eight short of tying the franchise record held by Hall of Fame third baseman Eddie Mathews.

Meanwhile, Ronald Acuña Jr. is just four dingers away from the fifth 40-40 season in MLB history.

The Cubs call up Pete Crow-Armstrong

Ranked as MLB Pipeline’s 12th overall prospect, Crow-Armstrong was traded to the Cubs two summers ago in the deal that sent Javier Báez to the New York Mets. PCA hit .283 with a .865 OPS across 98 games in the minor leagues along with 20 home runs and 37 stolen bases.

Julio Rodríguez goes 30-30

J-Rod belted a game-tying home run in the tenth although the Mariners later lost to the Angels 8-5. Nevertheless, he became just the second Mariner to record 30 home runs and 30 steals. He’s also just the fourth player to do it at age 22 or younger; the others were Mike Trout, Ronald Acuña Jr., and Alex Rodríguez.


Best Moments from Yesterday 


Run, Riley, Run!

Austin Riley got around the bases pretty well in his first at-bat of yesterday’s doubleheader and made it all the way home thanks to a miscue from Phillies’ left fielder Jake Cave. Technically the play was scored a triple and an error.

Evan Carter’s first home run

The top prospect crushed a 0-1 cutter from Chris Bassitt in his first at-bat of the game.

A Cubs Comeback

They trailed 4-3 in the ninth when Dansby Swanson kicked off a rally with a double to center. Yan Gomes later came up with a go-ahead single. With the 5-4 win, the Cubs occupy the 2nd NL Wild Card and are three games back of the Brewers in the NL Central.


Injuries and Transactions


The Cleveland Guardians sent Shane Bieber on a rehab assignment

The Mariners activated Jarred Kelenic from the IL.

The Rockies activated Kris Bryant from the IL.

The Padres moved Gary Sánchez to the 60-day IL with a fractured right wrist.

The Cubs activated Michael Fulmer from the IL.

The White Sox optioned OF Oscar Colás.

The Twins sent Chris Paddack on a rehab assignment.

Atlanta activated Kyle Wright from the IL and optioned Dylan Lee.

The Yankees placed Jasson Domínguez (UCL) on the IL and called up Estevan Florial.


Articles You Should Read


The Seiyaessence Is in Full Swing – Ben Clemens, FanGraphs

Unlocking the Ace: Gavin Williams’ Elite Potential – Nate Schwartz, Pitcher List


Fantasy Baseball


Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Week 24

The List 9/11: Ranking Every SP ROS Based on Expected Schedules – Week 24.


Ryan Amore

A proprietor of the Ketel Marte Fan Club, Ryan Amore has been writing things at Pitcher List since 2019. He grew up watching the Yankees and fondly remembers Charlie Hayes catching the final out of the '96 WS. He appreciates walks but only of the base on ball variety.

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