Over the course of a 162 game campaign, a lot can happen. We don’t expect you to catch 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 catches, outstanding individual performances and slumps, we’ve got you covered.
As we get deeper into the season, the injuries are starting to pile up, including one extremely disapointing ailment to a young stud. Speaking of young studs, the first-year draft took place this week, oh while the world waits to hear if LeBron James is returning to Cleveland this summer, The Land did welcome some very famous bugs back into the metro area this week. All that and more in our latest edition of Last Week in Baseball!
1) First to 10
Two weeks ago, Max Scherzer became the first pitcher in baseball to reach 10 wins. This week, the Indians Corey Kluber followed suit, becoming the first AL pitcher to reach that plateau this season. It should come as no surprise that the reigning Cy Young winners in each league are dominating yet again. Both are certainly front runners for the award yet again, thus far.
1) Oh no, Ohtani
It has been extremely fun watching the Shohei Ohtani live up to the hype. Unfortunately, it’s gonna be a while before baseball fans see how the rest of his story plays out. Ohtani was diagnosed with a Grade 2 UCl strain late last week and as of Monday morning it was anounced that he’ll be undergoing Tommy John surgery. The procedure will keep him out of commision not only for the remainder of this season, but for all of 2019 as well. What a truly disheartening way for his rookie season to come to an end.
3) Ovi first pitch
On the heels of winning the Stanley Cup on Thursday, Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals paid a visit to Nationals Ball Park on Sunday to celebrate with D.C. Naturally, Ovechkin did the honors of throwing out the first pitch at the game, and well, let’s just say he should stick to hockey…
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 9, 2018
4) The Subway Series
The 2018 edition of Subway Series got underway this past weekend and ended with the Yankees taking two of three. The series featured homers from Stanton on Friday and Judge on Saturday, as the Yankees won each of the first two games 4-1 and then 4-3. Former Yankee, Todd Frazier exacted some revenge on his old team by smacking a two-run long ball of his own on Sunday, to propel the Mets to a 2-0 win. The series as a whole lacked some luster though, given the absense of Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard being scratched from what would have been a premier pitching duel with Luis Severino on Sunday. They meet again in the first series after the All-Star break in the Bronx this time.
5) Return of the midges
We thought so…and well, the midges were BACK in Cleveland this week and were swarming Progressive Field during Tuesday’s evening matchup with the Brewers. Somewhere, Joba Chamberlain is shuttering at the thought.
See for yourself…
6) Streaking Seattle
While most expect the reigning World Series Champion Houston Astros to be right back in championship contention come October, right now – despite being on the MLB’s longest current win streak (5 games) – they have some company atop the AL West. That’s right, the Seattle Mariners are keeping pace with the Astros right now and currently own a share of first place in the division. It’s even more shocking, considering just a few weeks back they received the news that Robinson Cano would be serving a 60-game suspension after testing positive for a performance enhancing substance. They haven’t missed a beat regardless. Seattle posted an 18-11 record in May and are off to a 7-2 start in the month of June. You could certainly consider them an early season surprise.
7) With the first pick…
21-year-old Auburn University pitcher Casey Mize became the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB’s First-Year Player Draft, which took place this past week. Five days later he was roughed up by Florida in Game 1 of the NCAA Super Regional. Still, don’t let that dictate of good or bad Mize can become. We’ll have to wait a few years to really know that.
8) I got your back
In this week’s edition of “you don’t see that ever yday,” Lorenzo Cain is our star. Cain came to the rescue of Brewers teammate, shortstop Orlando Arcia in a 12-4 win over the Phillies on Friday. A Nick Williams popup brought Arcia out toward center field, but what seemed like a pretty routine over the shoulder catch, wound up being quite the opposite, as the ball bounced out of Arcia’s glove. Lo and behold, there was Cain – also breaking hard on the play from center – to haul it in on the rebound and record the out. It’s worth watching for yourself.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 9, 2018
9) A setback for Cespedes
A shutout win to close out the Subway Series on Sunday won’t be enough to temper all the other things going bad for the Mets right now. Last wee we highlighted their complete collapse since getting off to a hot start, and truthfully that’s been a product of a number of injuries they’ve faced this season. One of the detrimental losses has been slugger Yoenis Cespedes, who hasn’t played since mid-May due to quad tightness. New York was hoping he’d be re-joining the team this week, but that’s now out of the question after the 32-year old left his rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton with similar tightness in is quad/hip. The Mets just can’t catch a break apparently.
10) Gonna have to wait for Vlad Jr.
This week’s theme of injuries ends with one of the cooler stories baseball fans have been following being put on hold for not. Blue Jays top prospect, Vlad Guerrero Jr – son of Angles legend Vlad Guerrero – will miss the next four weeks after suffering a strain to the patella tendon in his left knee. The 19-year-old has been incredible in double-A this season, hitting an impressive .407/.457/.667 with 11 home runs and a call up at some point this season felt inevitable. Now, it’ll have to wait, unfortunately.