The tension between the Astros and Angels has yet to settle nine days after a violent collision at home plate left one player with a broken nose and another with a suspension. The culprit of that ugly collision, Houston outfielder Jake Marisnick, was plunked in the upper back by an apparent retaliation pitch from Los Angeles reliever Noé Ramirez during Tuesday’s 7-2 Angels win. Ramirez wasn’t thrown out, but both teams’ benches emptied after arguments broke out between the Angels’ Albert Pujols and players in Houston’s dugout.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 8:11 am
The Houston Astros expected the Angels to retaliate against Jake Marisnick in his first game versus Los Angeles since his violent home plate collision with catcher Jonathan Lucroy. So while the pitch that hit Marisnick in the back in the sixth inning was no surprise, it still left manager AJ Hinch and his Astros profoundly steamed — even after Noe Ramirez insisted he hadn’t done it on purpose. Albert Pujols hit a bases-clearing double during the Angels’ six-run first inning, and Los Angeles remained unbeaten in five games since the All-Star break with a 7-2 victory over the Astros on Tuesday night.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 7:04 am
The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association announced the nominees from each team for the 2019 Heart and Hustle Award. The award “honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and traditions of the game. Voting was conducted prior to the All-Star break.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 9:39 pm
Welcome to the Rotoworld MLB Power Rankings, a weekly feature that will run every Tuesday through the end of the 2019 regular season. Cody Bellinger launched his 32nd and 33rd home runs of the season on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park as the Dodgers rolled to a 16-2 victory over the Phillies and moved to 30 games above the .500 mark. Bellinger now sits alone atop the home run leaderboard — Christian Yelich has 32 — and the newly-turned 24-year-old is sporting a sensational .341/.436/.707 batting line in 398 total plate appearances. MLB’s marketing team played up the Yeli vs. Belli thing over the All-Star break, and that ad campaign may have some real staying power.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 4:15 pm