Tom Seaver Passes Away at Age 75
This past week, the baseball world mourned the loss of the well-respected and world icon, Tom Seaver. Nicknamed “Tom Terrific”, the Hall of Famer left his impact on the game like no other. Winning three Cy Young awards and having 12 All-Star appearances, Seaver is in the argument for the greatest pitcher of all time. In 12 years with the New York Mets, Tom Terrific captured the attention of all fans in New York with his instantly-likable personality. The three-time ERA leader has certainly etched his name into baseball history books. Rest In Peace, Tom Terrific.
The Triston McKenzie Show
The future is here. Cleveland Indians pitcher Triston McKenzie is taking Major League Baseball by storm. The former top prospect has burst onto the scene and is dominating lineups on a nightly basis. The 6-foot-5 right-hander brings a mid 90s as well as a detrimental curveball to the mound. According to FanGraphs, both of McKenzie’s fastball and curveball score 55-out-of-55 in their respective categories. In only three starts, McKenzie has accumulated a total of 19 K’s, in which 10 came from his MLB debut. Earning a win, McKenzie’s first taste in the big leagues was outstanding. In 6.0 IP, the young star allowed two hits, one run and one walk on 10 strikeouts. What a debut.
Averaging roughly 11 strikeouts per 9 innings, Triston McKenzie has already proven he can be a star in the big leagues for years to come. The 23-year-old will certainly bring a strong one-two punch to Cleveland for years to come behind ace Shane Beiber. This is Triston McKenzie’s world, and we’re just living in it.
White Sox’ Abreu and Padres’ Tatis Jr. Named August Players of the Month
Chicago White Sox star Jose Abreu was named American League August Player of the Month. Abreu was well-deserving of this monthly award as he was red-hot at the plate. In 28 games, Abreu connected on 38 hits, 11 home runs, eight doubles and 29 RBIs. Adding on, the Designated Hitter on the highly-weaponized offensive Chicago White Sox lineup hit north of .300 in batting average. The daily three-hole hitter in the South Side of Chicago brings an edge to the White Sox lineup that they otherwise can’t produce. Abreu and the White Sox are cruising as they are 24-15 and 1st in the AL Central.
In the National League, the electric Fernando Tatis Jr. was named the Player of the Month. Not only did Tatis Jr. win Player of the Month, he’s the clear-cut favorite to win MVP in the National League. The high-flying shortstop has been phenomenal on both sides of the ball. At the plate, the leadoff hitter in the rising Padres lineup hit .313 with 36 hits, 11 home runs and 24 RBIs. In just his second year in the league, Fernando Tatis Jr. is revolutionizing baseball and the Padres have the face of their franchise in the making.
Indians’ Bieber and Cubs’ Darvish Named August Pitchers of the Month
American League Cy Young Leader Shane Bieber has been named August Pitcher of the Month. Bieber has been shutting down opposing lineups left and right. The Indians ace has been phenomenal this year with a 6-0 record on top of a 1.20 ERA. In August, Bieber went 4-0 while allowing seven runs on 57 strikeouts in 38.2 IP. Currently holding a league-leading 84 strikeouts, Bieber is miles in front of the pack in the Cy Young award race.
In the National League, Cubs ace Yu Darvish has also been named August Pitcher of the Month. The 34-year-old right-hander has been outstanding this year with a 7-1 record held with a 1.44 ERA. Much deserving of the Player of the Month award, Darvish went 5-0 with a 1.09 ERA and struck out 40 in August. The North Side of Chicago’s ace is fighting for his first Cy Young award with two-time winner Jacob deGrom. If Darvish can keep producing his other-worldly numbers, he’ll end up with his first Cy Young award.
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