MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 9/26/23

The Race for the 3rd AL Wild Card is coming down to the wire

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


Verlander tosses a gem

After being swept by the Royals, the Astros needed a vintage performance from their 40-year-old, and boy did he deliver: he pitched into the ninth and held the Mariners to one run. The 5-1 win pushed the Astros to one game ahead of the Mariners in the loss column for the last AL Wildcard. The Astros have two more games with the Mariners before they finish their season with three games at Chase Field against the D’Backs.


Mike Trout speaks to the media

You have to give the man credit; he tried to get back out there but his wrist wasn’t right. Hopefully, we see him ready to go next spring. It’s been said a million times but it’s almost hard to believe that Trout and Shohei Ohtani never made it to the postseason as teammates.



Yankee Stadium attendance

There appeared to be a slight discrepancy between the actual number of people in the stands versus the announced number for the Yankees’ final home game of the year. Well, at least the home team won, I guess.


Logan Webb goes the distance

Oracle Park hosted a terrific pitcher’s duel between Logan Webb and Blake Snell. Webb outlasted Snell and got Jurickson Profar to bounce a grounder to second for the final out. The 2-1 kept the Giants alive in the Wild Card race. He’s tentatively scheduled to face the Dodgers for his final start of the season. The win pushed his record to 11-13. Yes, he has a losing record.


Best Moments from Yesterday 


The Rangers go back-to-back

The Angels actually had a 1-0 lead heading but then the sixth inning happened: Adolis García led off with his 37th dinger of the year and then Mitch Garver and Nathaniel Lowe both went yard too. Poor Jimmy Herget. The Rangers’ 5-1 win over the Angels gives them a three-game advantage in the loss column over the Astros for first place in the AL West.


Injuries and Transactions


The Giants signed RHP Spencer Howard to a minor-league deal.

The Giants recalled RHP Sean Hjelle and placed RHP Luke Jackson on the paternity list.

The Yankees placed RHP Tommy Kahnle on the IL with right shoulder inflammation and recalled RHP Matt Bowman

The Diamondbacks activated RHP Miguel Castro from the paternity list and optioned RHP Slade Cecconi

The Marlins recalled LHP Enmanuel De Jesús and optioned RHP Jeff Lindgren


Articles You Should Read


Tarik Skubal Is Pitching Like an Ace – Chris Gilligan, FanGraphs.com

Acuña, Betts among best leadoff seasons ever – Theo DeRosa, MLB.com

Strap in, because it’s going to be a wild Tuesday around MLB – Will Leitch


Fantasy Baseball


Hitters to Start and Avoid in Week 26 (9/25-10/1)

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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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