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10 Important Stories From 07/07/17 Box Scores: Paxton Strong, Sanchez Struggles In Return & More

by Simon Jones

Friday night at Yankee Stadium marked a couple of team records, with a career game for Jesus Aguilar and yet another home run from Aaron Judge. Elsewhere there were some strong performances by some starters leading into the All Star Break.

So let’s look at some of the bigger stories from Friday’s games.

1) Judge breaks Yankees rookie record….
It’s a record that has looked under threat for a little while now, but Aaron Judge broke Joe DiMaggio’s rookie HR record in double quick time on Friday. Judge became just the second rookie ever to reach the 30 homer landmark after Mark McGwire. Judge is now three HRs clear at the top of the MLB standings.

2) Aguilar cracks two HR and drives in seven….
Aaron Judge wasn’t the only record breaker at Yankee Stadium on Friday, as Jesus Aguilar put together a career night in the Brewers 9-4 win. Aguilar hammered two homers including a 7th inning go-ahead grand slam off Tyler Clippard, and his seven RBIs set a new Brewers mark in the process. Aguilar now has 9 HRs on the season whilst carrying a .924 OPS. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/30/17 Box Scores: Foltyniewicz Flirts with No-No, Gray Returns With A Bang & More

by Simon Jones

Friday was a night of the multi-homer games – Stephen Vogt, Austin Barnes, Todd Frazier, Robinson Cano and Chris Owings all going deep twice. It also marked marked a near miss for Mike Foltyniewicz as he came close to a no-hitter against Oakland.

So let’s look at some of the bigger stories from Friday’s games.

1) Foltyniewicz just misses no-hitter….
Mike Foltyniewicz came close to making history on Friday, as he took a no-no into the ninth inning against the A’s. Unfortunately for Folty, Matt Olsen dragged out an at-bat and sent the ninth pitch he saw into the bleachers for a solo home run. Foltyniewicz was lifted at that point after 119 pitches, having struck out eight and walked four. Jim Johnson came on to preserve the 3-1 win. In the process, he has lowered his season ERA to 3.83 and actually performing much better than that for the most part, having conceded more than three earned runs in just three of 16 starts. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/23/17 Box Scores: Wood Dominates Again, Giving Up On Musgrove & More

by Simon Jones

Friday was night dominated primarily by the pitching lines, both god and awful. There was a Japanese pitching duel in the Bronx, another great outing from Alex Wood, plus a couple of starters who must be nearing the end of their stint in the rotation.

So let’s look at some of the bigger stories from Friday’s games.

1) Wood’s dominance continues….
Alex Wood delivered another great performance on Friday against the Rockies in a 6-1 win. Wood pitched six innings of one run ball, striking out another seven batters. Wood has been inspirational for the Dodgers this year, beginning the year way down the depth chart, but stepping in admirably with the injuries to Scott Kazmir and Julio Urias, as well as the struggles of Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda. He now sports a sparkling 1.86 ERA and 0.92 WHIP and has actually outpitched Clayton Kershaw this year. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/16/17 Box Scores: Thames Heating Up, Paxton’s Struggles & More

by Simon Jones

Friday was another night where the elite performers built on their stellar 2017 campaigns with big performances from Max Scherzer, Eric Thames and Aaron Judge. Carlos Gomez, Justin Bour and Tyson Ross shone in their returns from the DL and there were rough outings for some young pitchers.

So let’s look at some of the bigger stories from Friday’s games.

1) Another Thames binge on the way….?
For the first month of the season, Eric Thames was the hottest hitter in the major leagues. Then, as the calendar turned to May, Thames transformed from one of the most valuable players into one of the least valuable. There was still the occasional homer, and he maintained an exceptional walk rate that meant his OBP stayed at a reasonable level, but a sub .200 average and few counting stats meant it was hard to keep him in your line up. The signs are that another hot spell has arrived, as Thames had his third successive game with a home run and multiple hits. Friday’s heroics saw him take Ryan Buchter deep for a 10th inning walk off shot. Suddenly Thames represents and intriguing fantasy trade target again. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/09/17 Box Scores: Smith Seizes Opportunity, DL Returnees Star (Maybin/Turner) & More

by Simon Jones

It was a rare night in the major leagues where speed and pitching dominate the headlines. There were wild nights on the bases for Cameron Maybin and Mallex Smith, plus a number of impressive pitching performances.

So let’s look at some of the bigger stories from Friday’s games.

1) Santana pitches third shutout of the season….
Ervin Santana had a big night against the Giants securing a 4-0 with another complete game shutout, whilst driving in three runs. Rumors of Santana’s demise have been exaggerated again, as he bounced back from seven earned runs in his last start. In fact, each time he has given up more than three earned runs, he has bounced back with a scoreless appearance. Santana continues to completely defy conventional thinking and out-pitch his peripherals. It’s still hard to see how he can continue with his stellar 2.20 ERA and 0.89 WHIP given his K and BB rates though. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/02/17 Box Scores: Kershaw and Nelson Rack Up The Strikeouts & More

by Simon Jones

In a season that has seemed to be defined by the three true outcomes of baseball, Friday seemed to take that to extremes, with a crazy night of strikeouts at Miller Park, yet more home runs and a pitcher walking three times.

So let’s look at some of the bigger stories from Friday’s games.

1) Kershaw Ks 14, Nelson 11 in strikefest….
It was an amazing night at Miller Park on Friday, and I could probably devote the entire column to it. The headline was that the Dodgers outlasted the Brewers 2-1 over twelve innings, but the underlying stats. Jimmy Nelson outduelled Clayton Kershaw with 8 scoreless innings striking out 11. Kershaw for good measure struck out 14 in 7 innings just giving up a solo home run, and reaching 2,000 career strikeouts in the process. In total there were 42 strikeouts – a NL record. The Dodgers combined for 26 Ks which was franchise record. Kenley Jansen struck out 5 across 2 innings for the win, in the process setting an all-time record for strikeouts without a walk to open the season – 39. Read more