We’re back from the All-Star break and the baseball season’s second half has officially commenced.
There’s plenty of baseball left to be played and we’re guaranteed to see some interesting storylines unfold as we inch closer and closer to October. Who will be the stars of the second half? Which struggling players will bounce back and finish off the season strong? That remains to be seen, but until then let’s take a look at the big headlines from the past week in MLB.
Giancarlo Stanton Wins Home Run Derby
Surprise, surprise. Giancarlo Stanton dominated this year’s Home Run Derby.
As expected, no one hit the ball harder and further than the Marlins’ mammoth outfielder. He hit 61 homers in the contest which set a record for the most in Derby history. To put it in perspective, former back-to-back champ Yoenis Cespedes totaled 61 homers in both of those performances combined.
American League Wins All-Star Game
The team representing the American League in the 2016 World Series will benefit from home field advantage as the AL beat the NL 4-2 on Tuesday.
All four AL runs were scored by Royals players. Both Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer homered off ex-teammate Johnny Cueto and drove in two runs apiece. Hosmer (2-for-2, HR, 2 RBI) ended up earning MVP honors in his first All-Star Game appearance.
Red Sox Acquire Drew Pomeranz
Boston parted ways with prized 18-year-old pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza in the deal. It was a major “win now” statement from general manager Dave Dombrowski.
Shelby Miller Demoted To Triple-A
What a disaster this trade has turned out to be for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
This past offseason, Arizona traded their number-one overall draft pick Dansby Swanson along with Ender Inciarte and right-handed pitcher Aaron Blair for Shelby Miller. Miller was an All-Star for Atlanta in 2015, but he’s been a dud in Arizona so far in 2016.
Miller was demoted to Triple-A this past week after posting an atrocious 2-9 record, 7.14 ERA, and 1.74 WHIP in 14 starts. Yikes.
The San Diego Padres beat the first-place San Francisco Giants on Saturday thanks to an incredible mistake by closer Santiago Casilla.
In the bottom of the 10th, Casilla tripped on the mound allowing the winning run to score on a walk-off balk.
Can you think of a more embarrassing way to cost your team the game? We’d love to hear it.
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.