MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 6/5

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Today’s Headlines

Goldshmidt, Judge, wins May’s Player of the Month

Two high-profile hitters took home Player of the Month honors in May, with Yankee right fielder Aaron Judge winning the American League award while the National League award went to Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

Judge was the foundation for the New York American League’s best offense this season, helping the team to a previous 38-15 record. Judge, a perennial hitter who’s on the pace of 64 homers, seems to have found a different gear in 2022. Both his stats and the Yankee’s record are due in part to his award-winning May in which he hit 12 of those homers while posting 1,077 OPS. This is Judge’s third POTM award, having previously won twice in his historic rookie season at 52 HR in 2017.

Over in the National League, Goldschmidt won the honor after a 25-game hitting streak that ended in the matinee of Saturday’s doubleheader after going 0/2 with two walks (he recorded a hit in the second game). . The first baseman offensively paced the majors in May as his 1,277 OPS and 33 RBIs were the best in the bigs, while his .404 AVG and 10 HRs were both second.

Interestingly, Goldshmidt’s price is the thirdjust NL POTM award won by the Cardinals. Third baseman Nolan Arenado won in April, while Tyler O’Neill was honored last September.

Pujols is playing in the 3,000th game

Another day, another milestone for the future Hall of Famer. Albert Pujols played yesterday in his 3,000. career game, becoming just the 10th player in MLB history to do so. Next two on the list? Legends Cal Ripken Jr. and Willie Mays at 3,001 and 3,005 games respectively.

Though Pete Rose is a distant first place with 3,562 games, Pujols – who has announced he will retire at the end of this season – could hypothetically end his historic career in fourth place on the all-time leaderboard. To do that, he’d have to catch up with Rickey Henderson, and with a 1st percentile sprint speed per Baseball Savant, that’s extremely unlikely. Jokes aside, to match Henderson’s 3,081 total, Pujols would need to play in about 80% of the Cardinal’s remaining games. More likely he will continue his current everyday pace, finishing around 3,050 and edging out none other than Ty Cobb.

Scherzer OK after dog bite

Max Scherzer is fine. Rumors of a more serious injury began swirling after it was reported he had suffered a dog bite. Scherzer took to social media to clarify the story, writing that his dog bit him after injuring himself. In typically intense fashion, the right-hander explained that it was “non-story” and that the event would not affect his recovery from the oblique strain he sustained in mid-May.

We hope that dog and human will be better soon!

The best moments from yesterday

Positioner Pitching… Against the Rules?

In an atypical moment for the 2022 season, a player at the position-turned-pitcher made headlines not because he threw meatballs at 45mph with substandard mechanics, but because…they weren’t allowed to?

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who was leading the ninth inning 9-4 against the Mets, opted to save his bullpen and let utility player Jack McKinstry grab the last three outs. However, the umpires quickly prevented McKinstry from warming up and told Roberts that a pitcher would need to come in.

The odd moment came as a result of a 202o rule that dictated that position players could not pitch in games five runs or less behind. The rule had been temporarily suspended during the 2020 and 2021 seasons due to COVID and reinstated ahead of this season, which perhaps explains why Roberts seemed clueless.

Ultimately, reliever Evan Phillips came in (though not without drama during his warm-up) and allowed a hit while batting two. The Dodgers failed to score in the bottom half, and eventually the game ended 9-4.

Rockies Debut City Connect Jerseys

The latest baseball jerseys were shown for the first time yesterday when the Colorado Rockies wore their City Connect jerseys for their game against Atlanta.

The design is inspired by the state’s license plates, which use the same font and a white and dark green mountain landscape.

Unfortunately, the 23-30 Rockies failed to claim a win alongside their jersey debut, losing 6-2 to Atlanta. One redeeming moment, however, was when Denver native Kyle Freeland caught the start and put on one of his best performances of the season with 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K.

injuries

Taylor Ward was placed on the 10-day IL with a Strain on the right thigh muscles.

Jacob DeGrom threw a 19 pitch bullpen session. He has yet to play this season after injuring his right shoulder blade in spring training.

Max Muncy (elbow) started a Rehab at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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