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MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 9/21/23

Get caught up on everything you need to know from Wednesday's games.

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

 

Today’s Headlines

 

Corbin Carroll Makes History

Corbin Carroll had quite the afternoon against the Giants, going 4/5 with one HR & two SBs in the Diamondbacks’ 7-1 win. By recording his 25th HR and 50th SB of the season, he became the first rookie to reach the 25/50 mark in baseball history. His 25/50 is just the 13th time ever that the feat has been accomplished, although Ronald Acuña Jr. has already achieved it this year and Bobby Witt Jr. is only two SBs away.

AL West Remains Tight

All three AL West teams vying for the postseason (Angels, Astros, and Rangers) got a big win to remain within 0.5 GB of each other. Houston still leads by the slimmest of margins, but it seems that all three teams are already in playoff baseball mode.

The Rangers showed out with a massive 15-5 win over the Red Sox, led by Josh Jung, who went 3/5 with a HR on the day. The Mariners handled the Athletics 6-3 to secure the sweep while Julio Rodríguez hit his 31st HR and got his 100th RBI on the season. The Astros made it interesting, as it took a walk-off from Mauricio Dubón to beat the Orioles.

 

Best Moment From Yesterday

 

Michael King, Yankees Ace?

It’s been a season to forget for the New York Yankees, who are 76-76 and eight games out of the AL Wild Card, but that doesn’t mean they are exempt from great baseball moments.

Last night, Michael King went seven innings with 13 strikeouts (!!) and only one earned run, although he did take the loss. This might be a breakout in the works: King began the year as a reliever and this was only his seventh start. He is one of the few bright spots on the staff and could be a legitimate starter for next season.

He also became the first Yankees starter to record 12 or more strikeouts this year, which is unusual considering the rotation (when healthy) consists of Gerrit Cole, Carlos Rodón, and Luis Severino.

 

Injuries

 

Miami Marlins infielder Jake Burger left yesterday’s game with lower body discomfort.

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Willson Contreras left yesterday’s game with a wrist injury.

Toronto Blue Jays infielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is to undergo an MRI on his right knee.

Minnesota Twins infielder Carlos Correa (foot) was placed on 10-day IL.

Baltimore Orioles infielder Ryan Mountcastle (shoulder) was placed on 10-day IL.

 

Articles You Should Read

 

Wait, FanGraphs is Too Low on the Orioles Again?! — Ben Clemens

Blind from birth, aspiring broadcaster chases dream: ‘This is bigger than me’ — Zack Meisel (subscription required)

 

Fantasy Baseball

 

Closing Time 9/19: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday— Rick Graham

Top 100 Starting Pitchers — Nick Pollack

Nate Schwartz

Nate is currently writing for the Going Deep team at Pitcher List. He is a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals, devil magic, and Matt Carpenter salsa supporter. You can follow him on Twitter/X/whatever @_nateschwartz. Left-handed pitchers make him happy.

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