4 Takeaways from this Weekend in MLB

  1. The Yankees are Healthy…and That’s a Problem

The Yankees enter their Sunday afternoon match-up versus the Astros on an 8-game win streak. The pitching staff has been revived after a brief 11-game struggle and the bullpen is as dominant as ever. Not to mention they’ve hit a home run in 25 straight games, tying a franchise record. And it isn’t just the dingers. The Bombers are making runs by stringing together hits, one of their problems last year. This lineup is as daunting as ever, and they are pulling away in the AL East. Right now, they look like the team to beat in the AL.

 

  1. Pete Alonso is Incredible

Alonso hit yet another home run against the Cubs yesterday, as the Mets rookie slugger continues his magical 2019. Alonso has 26 home runs, already 4th for the most by a rookie before the All-Star break, with 2 more weeks left to top that record. To be completely honest, his season reminds many of Aaron Judge’s 2017 or Mark McGuire’s 1986. He is on pace to hit just about 52 home runs, which would tie the rookie record. Get used to big flies, Mets fans, ‘cause Pete Alonso will be hitting them for a real long time. 

 

  1. Cardinals Fans are the Best in Baseball

This weekend was Albert Pujols’ return to St. Louis. The entire baseball universe knew that St. Louis would make it a moment worth remembering, but no one could have guessed how awesome his return actually was. On Friday, Pujols was greeted by a packed Busch Stadium and 1 minute and 15 seconds of standing ovation. Yesterday, he hit a home run. The reception was incredible. After his bomb, the crowd requested the rare “away” curtain call. Cardinals fans made my weekend.

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  1. The NL Central is Up for Grabs

Speaking of the Cards, they got an important win Saturday afternoon, taking advantage of a Cubbies loss, and moved within two games of the division lead. The recent struggles of both Chicago and the Brewers have opened up what should be a great race for the NL Central. As of right now, Milwaukee, the Cubs, and the Cards all stand within a game of each other, and the smoking-hot Reds and solid Pirates sit at arm’s length, 4.5 and 5.5 games back, respectively. That begs the question: who is sitting at the top of the heap on October 2nd. Right now, no one has a clue.

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