(CBS Los Angeles) — The common season is winding down, and the playoff race is heating up. As of Monday, the Nationwide League West and the American League East would every ship three groups. The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers could be two of them out west, adopted by the San Diego Padres, if they will maintain onto their slim lead.
4 groups have a respectable shot on the playoffs out of the AL East. The Tampa Bay Rays maintain a nine-game lead within the division race. However the Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Pink Sox, and New York Yankees all sit inside a sport of one another. The way it will play out is anybody’s guess.
This week’s Baseball Report seems to be at three tales taking part in out in opposition to the backdrop of the playoff races. The primary is Max Scherzer’s continued dominance, as the brand new Dodger threw his 3,000th strikeout. The second is Francisco Lindor’s three-home run sport to elevate the New York Mets over the New York Yankees. The third is the Toronto Blue Jays’ outpouring of runs on the expense of the hapless Baltimore Orioles.
Scherzer Throws 3,000th Strikeout
Scherzer has reached yet one more milestone in his Corridor of Fame profession. The 37-year-old right-handed pitcher threw his 3,000th strikeout within the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-0 win Sunday over the San Diego Padres. He reached the milestone within the fifth inning, setting down Eric Hosmer on a 3-2 pitch. Scherzer turned the nineteenth pitcher in MLB historical past to toss at the least 3,000 strikeouts in his profession.
The three-time Cy Younger Award winner had a no-hitter going into the eighth inning, till Hosmer broke it up with a one-out double. That will be the one hit he allowed. Scherzer threw 92 pitches, recording no walks and 9 strikeouts on the afternoon. Three of these got here within the second inning, when he struck out the facet on 9 pitches for an immaculate inning.
Scherzer is 6-0 with the Dodgers after coming over from the Washington Nationals on the commerce deadline. He had a 1.05 ERA with the crew going into the sport, and has a 2.26 ERA in his 26 begins this season throughout the 2 groups.
Scherzer made his major-league debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008. The Eleventh-overall decide two years prior was traded to the Detroit Tigers after two seasons and 240 strikeouts. He performed 5 seasons with the Tigers, piling up 1,081 strikeouts and incomes his first Cy Younger Award for his efforts. Scherzer was traded to the Nationals in 2015, the place he struck out 1,610 extra batters, received a World Sequence and two extra Cy Younger Awards. In Washington, he led the majors in strikeouts for 3 consecutive years. Scherzer has exceeded 200 strikeouts each season since 2012, aside from the shortened 2020 season.
Scherzer is the primary pitcher to succeed in 3,000 strikeouts since 2019, when Justin Verlander achieved the feat. It’s inconceivable to foretell when the subsequent pitcher will be part of the three,000 membership. Beginning pitchers are throwing fewer innings, however pitchers, generally, are recording extra strikeouts. Houston Astros’ Zack Greinke is the closest energetic pitcher. He at present has 2,799 strikeouts.
Lindor Blasts Three Dwelling Runs
The Mets and Yankees are nonetheless within the playoff hunt. The Mets harm their probabilities with a depressing August that noticed them drop from first to 3rd within the NL East. They now sit 5 video games out of the division lead and three video games out of a Wild Card spot. The Yankees have gone chilly of late too, shedding eight of their final 10. That features a four-game sweep by the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays. They now sit 10 video games again in fourth within the AL East however just one sport out within the Wild Card race.
This weekend’s subway series at Citi Subject was a possibility for one in every of these groups to probably achieve slightly floor. With only some weeks left, chances are high turning into fewer and fewer. The groups cut up the primary two matchups. The Mets downed the Yankees 10-3 Friday, and the Yankees returned the favor 8-7 on Saturday.
Issues bought slightly chippy on Sunday evening within the series rubber match. The Mets already harbored some unhealthy emotions based mostly on suspicions that the Yankees had been whistling from the dugout to sign pitches within the earlier sport. After his second house run within the sixth inning , Lindor, who additionally hit a three-run shot within the second, referenced that suspicion to Yankees gamers as he rounded the bases. The Yankees didn’t like that.
Giancarlo Stanton let his emotions be recognized whereas operating the bases after his solo shot the subsequent inning. He really slowed to a stroll between second and third base to jaw with Lindor. The benches cleared, and the bullpens emptied. Nevertheless it didn’t quantity to anymore than speak.
The fireworks weren’t over. Within the eighth inning, with the rating tied at six runs apiece, Lindor hit his third house run of the sport. That ended up being the margin of victory.
THREE HOMERS FOR FRANCISCO. 😱 pic.twitter.com/D4iO3ClKOV
— MLB (@MLB) September 13, 2021
Stanton had an opportunity to even up the sport or take the lead within the ninth inning. He stepped to the plate with two males on and two outs, however then popped as much as finish the sport.
Blue Jays Rating 44 Runs On Orioles
The red-hot Blue Jays now occupy one of many two American League Wild Card spots. (The Boston Pink Sox have the opposite.) And after scoring 44 runs on the hapless Baltimore Orioles in simply three video games, they present no indicators of letting up.
The Orioles received the opener of the four-game sequence on Friday. However the Blue Jays struck again arduous the next day. Toronto received each video games of Saturday’s doubleheader, 11-10 and 11-2. They might comply with that up with 22 extra runs in Sunday’s sport.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Teoscar Hernández every pounded a grand slam. It was the primary time the crew has ever hit a pair of grand slams in a sport. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. added his forty fourth house run of the season to climb right into a tie with Shohei Ohtani for the league lead. The Blue Jays would finish the sport with 19 hits total.
Toronto, as a crew, at present leads the league in house runs with 230. They’re additionally second in crew batting common at .267 and second in RBI with 729.