Over the course of a 162 game campaign, a lot can happen. We don’t expect you to see everything that unfolds over the course of each week of the MLB season. Last week in baseball will serve as your guide to everything notable that happened over the course of the previous week of games.
From the walk-offs, sweeps, ridiculous plays, outstanding individual performances and slumps, we’ve got you covered. With another week of baseball in the books and there’s plenty to look back and talk about. We had our first Red Sox-Yankees series of the season and it was very eventful. There was a near perfect game thrown by one of the games favorites. Relive the week that was with the latest edition of Last Week in Baseball…
1) The Red Sox Whopped the Yankees
The first meeting between the Red Sox and Yankees last Tuesday didn’t go as most expected. Boston hung 14 runs on the new-look Bronx bombers to back ace Chris Sale. The rout was highlighted by a nine-run sixth inning in which Mookie Betts launched a grand slam over the Green Monster. It’s only one game, but if that win and the Red Sox hot start is any indication, the AL East may still belong to them.
2) Then they Whopped on Each Other
One night later, the beating took on a more literal sense as the rivalry was officially restored following two benches-clearing brawls. The first came in the third inning, after Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin slid into second base with his spikes up and clipped the heel of Brock Holt. Naturally, Holt took exception to the illegal slide and the two teams came pouring onto the field. The retaliation came in the seventh when Joe Kelly took over on the mound for Boston and plunked Austin, who proceeded to slam his bat on the ground and started making his way towards Kelly. Kelly was fearless and motioned for him to “bring it on,” so he did. A brawl ensued and just like that, the rivalry was back. With 16 games to go between these two, there could be more where that came from.
3) Another Brawl
That wasn’t the only brawl that went down on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres got into it after Luis Perdomo beaned Nolan Arenado in the third inning. Unlike Kelly, Perdomo wanted no part of Arenado as he just threw his glove at the Rockies third baseman and tried to evade any punches. Both were ultimately suspended five games for their role in the altercation.
4) Meet the Mets
Not only did Wilmer Flores’ ninth inning, walk-off home run propelled the Mets passed the Brewers 3-2 on Sunday, it also helped New York continue their best start in franchise history as they’re now 12-2 on the season. Pitching has been key during the Mets hot start as Noah Syndergaard has posted an ERA of 2.95 in four starts, followed closely by Jacob deGrom’s 3.06 ERA in three starts. Only Matt Harvey has struggled recently, as his ERA ballooned to 4.80 after a 5-1 loss to the Brewers on Saturday. Still, if that rotation can actually stay healthy this year there’s no reason to think they can’t keep this up. After sweeping the Nationals last weekend, they’ll be tested against them again starting Monday in a three-game series from Citi Field.
5) Trout Caught Harper
Even cold weather and snow can’t stop Mike Trout from doing his thing. The two-time AL MVP clobbered a 439-foot home run in Kansas City on Saturday night, in the Angels 5-3 win over the Royals. It was his sixth of the season, which ties him with Bryce Harper for the most in the majors. Harper had jumped to an early lead in that category last week, smacking six long balls in just nine games but has cooled off over the last week. Trout and Harper going on a McGuire vs. Sosa-esque home run battle this year would be a lot of fun.
There are some things worth skipping school for and one is baseball. So who could blame Tucker Steckman for ditching school on Tuesday to attend the Cubs home opener? Well, his principal, Mr. Versluis, probably would have minded (hence the sign). Except for the fact that principal Versluis was also playing hooky to attend the game with his son Aiden, who he had called in sick for the day. As you could have guessed, Tucker was off the hook this time.
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7) The Cubs Came Back
A nine-run eighth inning, lifted the Cubs to an improbable victory over the Braves on Saturday night. Chicago had fallen behind 10-2 after just four innings, wound up cutting the lead to five leading into the eighth where they finished off the rally by taking a 14-10 lead. The comeback was one run shy of the Cubbies largest ever, which came back in August of 1989 when they dug themselves out of a nine-run hole to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks. This win was easily the highlight of what’s been a somewhat sluggish start for the 7-7 Cubs.
8) Unusual Home Run Robbery
In this week’s edition of “you don’t see that everyday,” poor Deven Marrero had his first home run as a Diamondback taken away on Saturday night, because he ran passed the runner on first. Yep. Marrero turned the corner at first to begin his home-run trot and a conflicted Alex Avila tried retreating to the bag at the worst possible time, as it was deemed after checking the replay that Marrero had passed him. So instead of a three-run home run, Marrero was awarded a two-RBI single. Talk about unfortunate. Thankfully for the Diamondback’s they beat the Dodgers 9-1 that night.
9) Rain, Rain, Go Away
Sunday saw six games across baseball get postponed due to inclement whether. Boston’s Patriot’s Day rainout today makes 22 postponements to start the season, the most through the month of April since 2000. It’s only the 16th too, so there’s likely plenty more where these came from. Hopefully the weather turns soon.
10) Bartolo Colon Close to Perfection
Ageless wonder, Bartolo Colon (aka Big Sexy) came six outs away from perfection on Sunday night, against the reigning World Series champs of all teams. Through seven innings the 44-year-old had struck out seven, hadn’t allowed a base runner and ha baseball fans eve all of America glued to the TV. On social media everyone was rooting for some Big Sexy perfection. Unfortunately, Colon walked Carlos Correa to leadoff the eighth, then served up a double to Josh Reddick and just like that it was all gone. Fun was over after that, but the Rangers did go on to win in extras 3-1.