MLB weekend recap: Pujols hits No. 697; Zac Gallen’s streak ends; Mets-Braves NL East race stays tight

We’re working our method towards the center of September, which implies that stretch-drive baseball is in full impact. So let’s dive into what you’ll want to learn about this weekend’s MLB motion.

Highlight of the weekend: CJ Cron goes (method, method) deep

Colorado Rockies first baseman CJ Cron on Friday evening at Coors Field in opposition to the Diamondbacks hit a house run 504 ft. Yes, 504 ft:

That act of struggle, which got here on the expense of Keynan Middleton, is tied for the second-longest residence run ever registered by StatCast. That Toyota Tundra, which thought itself secure from such assaults deep in its left-field perch, has now been placed on discover. CJ Cron is coming for you.

Mets and Braves joust meet NL East

Coming into Friday, the Mets had occupied first place within the National League East for nearly the whole season – April 11 was the final time they weren’t on the prime of the NL East heap. On Friday, nevertheless, the Mets fell to the Marlins, and the Braves bested the Mariners. Those outcomes pushed Atlanta into first place by a half-game. Then on Saturday, the Mets prevailed whereas the Braves misplaced, and that pushed the Mets again into first place. On Sunday, the Mets beat the Marlins once more to take a one-game lead, quickly, pending the results of Braves-Mariners.

That one didn’t disappoint within the least. The Mariners took a 6-2 lead on the prime of the ninth. Michael Harris’ three-run homer reduce the result in one after which Robbie Grossman’s two-run residence run gave the Braves an extremely unbelievable 7-6 lead. In the underside of the ninth, Mariners wunderkind Julio Rodríguez hit a rocket to tie the sport:

And then Eugenio Suarez hit a walk-off homer.

That means the Mariners took two of three from the Braves in an incredible collection. The Mets now have a 1 1/2 sport lead after the Braves took over first place Friday evening. The Mets have solely been out of first place for 2 days all season, however the Braves stay scorching on their tail.

This might be an indication of issues to come back over the following three weeks or so, as we could possibly be in for a photograph end within the division. The stakes are very excessive, because the eventual NL East champ will nearly actually be part of the Dodgers in having fun with a first-round bye within the playoffs. The runner-up, in the meantime, might be pressured to play a best-of-three within the opening Wild Card spherical. What makes all this doubly intriguing is that the Mets at one level held a ten ½-game lead within the division.

Dodgers clinch playoff spot

We’ve recognized for fairly some time that the playoffs would come with the Los Angeles Dodgers, nevertheless it turned official on Sunday. With the Dodgers’ victory, they moved to 96-43 and it’s now mathematically unimaginable for them to fall out of the playoffs. It will not be lengthy till they clinch the NL West (the magic quantity is three) after which shortly after that they’re going to wrap up the highest seed within the NL and later, doubtless, the perfect file in baseball. For now, although, they’ve clinched a spot within the postseason.

Pujols blasts Nos. 696 and 697

On Saturday in opposition to the Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals legendary slugger Albert Pujols hit the 696th residence run of his profession. Here’s a glance:

That homer pulled him right into a tie with Alex Rodriguez for fourth place on the all-time residence run record. However, that tie did not final lengthy, as on Sunday Pujols within the ninth inning hit a go-ahead bomb to proper middle for profession residence run No. 697:

He’s now alone in fourth place. High-level arithmetic reveals that Pujols can be now simply three residence runs shy of 700 for his profession. If he will get there, he’ll be part of Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth as the one sluggers to succeed in that lofty threshold.

It stays value noting that that is no “charity” pursuit on the a part of the Cardinals. Pujols has been extremely productive on this, his age-42 marketing campaign, and he is been one of the crucial harmful hitters in opposition to left-handed pitching for the first-place Cardinals. Pujols has repeatedly emphasised that this might be his last MLB season.

Zac Gallen’s scoreless innings streak involves an finish

Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Zac Gallen – one of the crucial underrated hurlers within the sport as we speak – entered Sunday’s begin in opposition to the Rockies with a scoreless innings streak of 41 ⅓ innings. He saved Colorado off the board for the primary three frames on Sunday to push his streak to franchise-record territory (Brandon Webb in 2007 had held the D-Backs’ mark with a streak of 42 innings), however the Rockies pushed throughout three runs within the fourth to finish Gallen’s run. However, it nonetheless stands as one of many longest scoreless streaks in MLB historical past:

Those runs on Sunday had been the primary that Gallen has allowed since Aug. 2 in opposition to the Guardians.

Mike Trout homers within the sixth straight sport to set a franchise file

Mike Trout stays Mike Trout. On Saturday, he homered in his sixth straight sport, which was good for an Angels franchise mark:

That homer implies that Trout is simply two video games shy of the all-time file of eight straight video games with a house run. That file is shared by Ken Griffey Jr. (1993), Don Mattingly (1987), and Dale Long (1956). Trout, who’s nonetheless very a lot in classic type, entered Sunday with 34 residence runs in 99 video games. As regular, although, the Angels have managed irrelevance regardless of the elite contributions of Trout and Shohei Ohtani.

Trout had a scheduled off day on Sunday and wasn’t within the Angels’ lineup.

On deck

Rays at Blue Jays (5 video games starting on Monday): Both groups are nonetheless alive within the AL East race, and so they’re nearly neck-and-neck for the highest wild-card place within the AL. That’s vital as a result of the highest wild-card seed earns the fitting to host all video games of the Wild Card Series in opposition to the No. 2 wild-card groups.

White Sox at Guardians (one sport on Thursday): This one’s a make-up of the Aug. 21 contest that was rained out. Yes, it is just one sport and never an precise collection, however within the tight AL Central race each sport issues. This contest between the first- and second-place groups may wind up mattering fairly a bit.

Twins at Guardians (5 video games starting on Friday): Speaking of the tight (however roundly underwhelming) AL Central, the heretofore disappointing Twins get an opportunity to reassert themselves with this large five-game set in opposition to the present division leaders. This might be Minnesota’s final head-to-head encounter with the Guardians in the course of the common season, so that they badly have to take benefit. The collection contains a Saturday doubleheader.

Phillies at Braves (three video games starting on Friday): The Braves and Mets determine to be in a down-to-the-wire wrestle for the NL East crown, so in that sense, each sport the Braves and Mets play issues, whatever the opponent. In this collection, although, we even have the Phillies, who’re attempting to keep up a grip on wild-card place and make the postseason for the primary time since 2011.

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