MLB News & Moments You Should Know – August 31

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With playoff races heating up, Tuesday featured plenty of action with implications in the standings. Let’s dive into the day in baseball.


Today’s Headlines


Aaron Judge hits 51st home run

Aaron Judge has been on a torrid pace this season. There’s little question as to who the best hitter in the league has been, but recently there’s been debate as to who should win American League MVP. Judge must’ve been made privy to these debates in the baseball Twitter-sphere. On Tuesday he belted his 51st home run of the season, closing his gap to the American League home run record to just 10 home runs.


Framber Valdez keeps streak alive

Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez has been on a tear as of late. 22 starts in a row to be exact. With his start on Tuesday, Valdez extended his streak of quality starts to 22 in a row with eight innings of work against the Rangers. He surrendered two runs on seven hits to extend his streak.

Valdez has been instrumental to the first-place Astros’ success this season. He’s posted a 2.65 ERA supported by a 3.19 xFIP.


Gallen stays scoreless

We had another streak on our hands on Tuesday night. Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen came into the game with a scoreless inning streak on his hands. He kept it going, stretching it to 34 1/3 innings with another seven scoreless frames on Tuesday. The Arizona record belongs to Brandon Webb with 40 straight innings without allowing an earned run.


Dodgers topple Mets for 90th win

In what might end up being a preview of the NLCS, the Dodgers took on the Mets in Queens on Tuesday. Los Angeles looked to extend its MLB-best win total with its 90th of the season. Gavin Lux’s big night was enough to put the Dodgers past New York on the night as the young infielder tallied two hits and drove in three runs.

Three RBIs were just enough for Los Angeles who snuck past the Mets 4-3 to become the first team to 90 wins in 2022. The magic number for them to clinch the NL West is down to 14.


Best Moments From Yesterday


Timmy Trumpet attends Mets game

Edwin Díaz’s entrance song, “Narcos” has become household knowledge with baseball fans at this point. On Tuesday, one of the artists behind the viral entrance song, Timmy Trumpet, was at Citi Field for a live rendition of the song. Sadly, for Timmy and Mets fans in attendance, New York didn’t have a chance to go to their bullpen. Nonetheless, Timmy performed live and said he’ll be back on Wednesday for another opportunity to play his entrance song.


Shane McClanahan scratched from start

What made this moment notable was less that fact that Shane McClanahan missed his scheduled start — though that alone is noteworthy — what was even more out-of-the-ordinary was the fact that the entire sequence was caught on video as the Rays ace warmed up before his scheduled start on Tuesday. For now, Tampa Bay is saying he missed the start with a shoulder impingement and the hope is he returns to the rubber soon.





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Noah Bortle

Noah Bortle is a freelance writer from Massachusetts. When he isn't arguing the merits of Shelby Miller or discussing the yips, he can be found traveling, hiking, or playing video games. His writing can also be found at College Hockey News.

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