As we make our way toward September’s halfway point, here are the highlights of the past week in baseball.
Clayton Kershaw and Giancarlo Stanton Return
Two of the best players in baseball returned to action this week. First, it was Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton originally wasn’t even supposed to come back in 2016, but he did so Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs. It didn’t take him long to return to form…
Stanton's first batted ball off the DL 105.2 MPH. 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/OO36asupiB
— Daren Willman (@darenw) September 7, 2016
That’s the Stanton we all know and love. Now let’s see if his return can help the Miami Marlins make an improbable push for an NL Wild Card spot.
The other stud returning from his DL stint was Clayton Kershaw, who started against the Marlins on Friday. He certainly wasn’t himself as he let up two earned runs on five hits over three innings in a losing effort, but he looked healthy and that’s all that matters for now.
Rich Hill Gets Pulled While Pitching Perfect Game
Staying on topic here with the Dodgers, manager Dave Roberts made a decision Saturday that perplexed many.
Rich Hill was throwing a perfect game up until Roberts pulled him after seven innings and just 89 pitches. Before we talk more about that, let’s marvel about the Yasiel Puig catch that kept the perfecto alive.
That is all. pic.twitter.com/CXUtQtbgqC
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 11, 2016
Anyway, Roberts pulled Hill because according to him “there was heat on Hill’s finger. a sign of his blister resurfacing.” Obviously it sucks for Hill and baseball fans that he wasn’t given a chance to make history, but the reasoning behind it makes sense. The Dodgers are in the mix for a World Series title this season and they aren’t going to risk anything after making it this far.
Dansby Swanson’s First Career Homer Was A Doozy
An inside-the-parker definitely is a memorable way for the 22-year-old to tally his first homer, but I’m sure he’d rather park one over the fence. Regardless, congrats to the 2015 MLB draft’s number-one pick.
Stephen Strasburg Placed On DL
The Washington Nationals placed Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day DL with elbow soreness, which is pretty terrible news considering Strasburg’s injury history.
It remains to be seen whether this is precautionary – as the Nats are cruising toward a playoff appearance – or if this is something serious. If it’s the latter, Washington could be in some big trouble without their ace.
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.