Good morning everyone! As the season winds down, the stories around the sport are only going to get more intense. We’ll try to keep you up to speed.
In Mariners news...
- Here are some injury updates on a couple of Mariners pitchers.
No real surprise but Servais effectively rules out any comeback this year by Iwakuma.— Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) September 19, 2017
David Phelps underwent elbow surgery yesterday to remove a bone spur.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) September 19, 2017
- And here’s some good news on an active M’s pitcher!
Mike Leake makes 30th start of the season tonight, becoming the only pitcher to make 30+ starts in each of last 6 seasons. #Mariners— Jen Mueller (@JenTalksSports) September 20, 2017
Around the league...
- Ichiro is getting pretty old these days, but there are still some records that the outfielder can break, writes Ben Lindbergh at The Ringer.
- In case you missed it, the Reds claimed D.J. Peterson on waivers from the White Sox, and now it looks like they’ll hold onto him.
.@Reds outright 1B/3B D.J. Peterson to Triple-A Louisville after he clears waivers.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) September 19, 2017
- Jonathan Mayo profiles the skillset of Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani.
- It’s officially been a record-breaking year for power in baseball.
The name that goes in the @MLB record books: Alex Gordon. He hits HR #5,694 of 2017, the most ever hit in a single MLB season.— David Adler (@_dadler) September 20, 2017
- The future of baseball is coming. Kiri Oler at The Hardball Times takes a look at how artificial intelligence could impact the sport.
- The Good Phight wonders where Rhys Hoskins will wind up in Rookie of the Year voting.
- A Phillies fan promised everyone chicken nuggets if Hoskins hit a home run on the night of the fan’s tweet. Hoskins did, and the fan is following through.
- This is horrible. Why would they do this?
Rey-on Healy is ready for some fireworks. Come out Sept. 23 for Star Wars Fireworks Night! https://t.co/GVODGiQGMY pic.twitter.com/6IZ8guARNH— Oakland A's ⚾️ (@Athletics) September 19, 2017
- As is the case with many power hitters, Jose Bautista’s decline has not been graceful. The outfielder may be in his final days in the sport.
- Matt Harvey has really not been himself this season, especially since coming off the disabled list.
- Clayton Kershaw’s name is now a play call for the Detroit Lions football team.