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Max Scherzer took over the baseball world last night, tying the MLB record for most strikeouts in a nine inning game with 20 K's against the Detroit Tigers.
Scherzer's teammate, Stephen Strasburg is still the talk of the town, and here is where his new contract ranks all time.
Taking it a step further, there could be some more candidates for extensions in the near future, with two Mets potentially topping the list.
PED's are still a complex issue in today's game, and Raul Mondesi's suspension is more proof of that.
Mondesi's suspension reminds us that the PED issue is more complicated than just banning all the cheaters for life, like Justin Verlander advocated last week, and that all PEDs aren't created equally. In time, thankfully, this will be forgotten. Mondesi isn't a cheater, or even a dummy. He isn't a villain. He's a 20 year old who made a mistake and took the wrong medicine. Thankfully, that mistake shouldn't hurt the Royals on the field, since they've got Alcides Escobar holding down shortstop at the moment. And next time, the kid will presumably follow his doctor's orders to the letter.
Introducing our Pre-July Trade Tracker.
Here is a roundup of news from around the National League East.
The Angels got some starting pitching help, acquiring Jhoulys Chacin from the Braves.
Jose Quintana has been one of the best pitchers in the league over the past couple of years.
For his career, Quintana's been essentially league average when it comes to the distribution of batted balls allowed, but his HR/FB has been below league average for each of his five seasons with the Pale Hose. Since 2014, it cratered. Over that period, Quintana has given up 425 fly balls, only 27 of which have left the yard. HR/FB rate stabilizes at around 400 fly balls. His expected number of home runs has also matched his actual total pretty closely so, while he can't possibly match his early 2016 HR/FB rate, it appears that his well below league average performance has legs.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1958, Willie Mays hits the first grand slam in the history of the San Francisco Giants.