The Fourth of July weekend is over, which means this will be the last recap before the MLB All-Star break.
When it comes to eventfulness, this past week certainly didn’t disappoint. Here were some of the biggest headlines.
Kris Bryant Puts Up Video Game Numbers vs. Reds
Wednesday night’s game vs. the Reds was the best of Kris Bryant’s young career. The Cubs’ 24-year-old third baseman hit three homers and two doubles in a 5-for-5 day at the plate.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 28, 2016
It should go without saying that Bryant is among the best third basemen in baseball. My top five right this second probably would be Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado, Bryant, and Matt Carpenter. The great thing about Bryant is he hasn’t even reached his prime yet, so we’re going to be seeing incredible performances like this one for a long, long time.
Dodgers Place Clayton Kershaw On DL, Acquire Bud Norris
The Dodgers placed Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day DL for lower back pain that required an epidural. No, that doesn’t mean Kershaw is prego…
To clarify on Kershaw: Epidural refers to location of injection. Medication is cortisone. Obviously different than a labor epidural…
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 30, 2016
Good, I’m glad we have that clarified.
With the best player in baseball on the DL, the Dodgers needed to make a move to lessen the injury’s impact in the meantime. They acquired Bud Norris from the Braves, and he threw six innings of two-hit, shutout baseball in his first stint as a Dodger.
Marlins Trade For Fernando Rodney
For once, the Marlins appear to be buyers rather than sellers. They acquired the crooked-hat wearing, invisible arrow-shooting closer Fernando Rodney from the Padres.
The 39-year-old should provide a major boost to Miami’s bullpen. He posted a 0.31 ERA in 28 appearances this season with San Diego.
Yankees, Tigers Complete Crazy Comebacks
The Yankees had a flare for the dramatic Wednesday night as they stormed back from a five-run deficit to beat the Rangers 9-7.
Apparently, the Tigers saw what the Yankees did and decided to do the same one night later. The Rays headed into the ninth inning with a 7-2 lead before Detroit scored eight runs and won 10-7. The victory was largely attributed to this Cameron Maybin base-clearing double.
Indians Win 14 Straight Games
The Indians’ win streak ended at an amazing 14 games as they fell to the Blue Jays on Saturday night.
Still, the streak showed just how lethal Cleveland’s pitching can be. Of course, it wasn’t lethal when they lost to Toronto 17-1 on Sunday, but you get the point.
The 14-game win streak was the Indians’ longest in franchise history and the longest win streak in the majors since 2013.
Check back next Monday for another recap and be sure to give our MLB podcast “The Eephus” a listen. New episodes are released every other Monday.