Week nine of the MLB season has come and gone now, and it contained many big moments. Here are five of the biggest headlines from this past week:
Toronto Makes History
Sure, the Raptors came back from a 2-0 series deficit to beat the Bucks and advance to the NBA Finals, but that isn’t the only big sports news in Toronto. Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio have both made their MLB debuts recently, and they became the first teammates to have Hall of Fame fathers. Biggio debuted on May 24, and had a big day at the plate on May 26, going 3-for-4 with a home run. This team has a lot to look forward to with this duo, along with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and eventually Bo Bichette, son of MLB outfielder Dante Bichette.
Twins Hot Streak
The Twins can’t seem to be stopped right now. They went 6-0 in week nine, and they scored almost nine runs per game. They also surpassed 100 home runs on the year, and eight of them came in a 16-7 win over the Angels. By the end of week nine, the Twins had 315 runs, 30 more than the second place Dodgers. In a struggling AL Central division, the Twins can ride this hot streak into a huge division lead, which is already at 10 games after week nine. They’ve also been pitching well as of late, giving up just five runs to the White Sox in a three-game series. The series included a Sunday shutout from Jake Odorizzi, who has his WHIP at 0.99 and his ERA at 2.16.
Can Christian Yelich Repeat?
Christian Yelich is certainly proving his case to be a front-runner for National League MVP. During week nine, he hit home run number 20, and ended the week with 21. He also has a line of .325/.436/.740 through nine weeks. His line last season was .326/.402/.598. If Yelich keeps this pace up, there may not be any question as to who’s taking home the 2019 NL MVP award.
Arenado Reaches Milestone
On Saturday, May 25, Arenado hit home run number 200 for his career. The night before he hit two long balls, and one more on Sunday. At just 28 years old, this is a very impressive feat for the Rockies third basemen. The struggling Rockies are staying relevant mainly from Arenado on both sides of the ball. He is considered one of the best defenders in the league, and the fact that he is reaching these hitting milestones is showing what a great career Arenado is forming.
Great Week for New York Baseball Fans
The Yankees and Mets both went 6-1 on the week. The Yankees took four from the Orioles, then two out of three from the Royals. The Mets went 4-0 against the Nationals, and 2-1 versus the Tigers. Both of the losses came by just one run, the Yankees even taking it to 10 innings. This is huge for both teams for two different reasons. It’s great for the Yankees because they are still doing this without many of their best players, such as Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Mets fans should be happy because the Mets are now at .500, and they sit just 4.5 games back in the NL East.
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