Thanks to a doubleheader in D.C., Tuesday brings us an extra-full MLB slate of 16 games. With two division titles and all wild-card spots still up for grabs, a number of those games are important ones as we work our way through the final week of the 2019 regular season. Now let’s jump in.
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Baseball scores for Tuesday, Sept. 24
- FINAL/Game 1 – Nationals 4, Phillies 1 (box score)
- LIVE – Brewers at Reds (GameTracker)
- LIVE – Twins at Tigers (GameTracker)
- LIVE/Game 2 – Phillies at Nationals (GameTracker)
- LIVE – Cubs at Pirates (GameTracker)
- LIVE – Orioles at Blue Jays (GameTracker)
- LIVE – Marlins at Mets (GameTracker)
- LIVE – Yankees at Rays (GameTracker)
- LIVE – Red Sox at Rangers (GameTracker)
- LIVE – Indians at White Sox (GameTracker)
- LIVE – Braves at Royals (GameTracker)
- Cardinals at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- Rockies at Giants, 9:45 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- Athletics at Angels, 10:07 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- Dodgers at Padres, 10:10 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- Astros at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
The Phillies are done
That 4-1 loss to the Nationals noted above means that the 2019 Phillies have officially been eliminated from playoff contention.
. In addition to signing Bryce Harper to a $330 million contract, GM Matt Klentak also signed outfielder Andrew McCutchen and reliever David Robertson and traded for shortstop Jean Segura and catcher J.T. Realmuto, among other moves.
Injuries hit Gabe Kapler’s club hard, and the losses of McCutchen, Robertson, and Pat Neshek proved especially critical. Jake Arrieta struggled with health and effectiveness, and the younger starters on the roster failed to take the next step as hoped. At the moment, the Phillies rank eighth in the NL in runs scored and 11th in fewest runs allowed. They also now have a run differential of minus-19, which suggests they’re fortunate to have a winning record at the moment. A 2-11 stretch back in June wound up being a grave blow to the Phillies’ playoff hopes, and they can also reflect upon a 7-9 mark against the lowly Marlins (they still have three games remaining versus Miami).
In the end, the Phillies will miss the postseason for an eighth straight year. If they can manage to win three of their final six games, then they’ll register their first winning season since 2011. That, however, may not be enough to save Kapler’s job.
As for the Nationals, their magic number for clinching a wild-card spot is down to two. That means any combination of Nationals’ wins and Cubs’ losses that add up to two puts Washington in the playoffs for the first time since 2017 — Dusty Baker’s last year in the dugout.
Ramirez returns in grand style
Only four weeks after having right hamate surgery, Jose Ramirez was back in the lineup for the Indians on Tuesday night. Hamate surgery usually sidelines a player 6-8 weeks, and, even after the player returns, his power could be sapped for weeks. It’s a tough injury.
Ramirez wasted no time showing his hand and wrist are 100 percent Tuesday.. He then added a three-run home run later in the game. Check it out:
“You always have your doubts, but once I came out of the surgery I stayed very positive and I started feeling a better sensation than I had had in my hand. And I felt it was possible do what we’re doing right now,” Ramirez told reporters, including Cleveland.com’s Paul Hoynes, prior to Tuesday’s game.
The Indians came into Tuesday a half-game behind the Rays for the second wild-card spot. Ramirez’s return is not just a feel-good story. Cleveland needs him to produce right away to get to October.
Yankees set obscure home run record
Welcome to the 10-home run club, Cameron Maybin. The Yankees outfielder slugged his 10th home run of the season in Tuesday night’s series opener against the Rays. It was a bomb to dead center field.
Maybin is the 14th — 14th! — Yankee with double-digit home runs this season. That’s a new MLB record. The previous record was held by last year’s Yankees. They had 12 players hit double-digit homers. The Blue Jays have 13 players with 10-plus homers this year but no one is close to making it 14 (Derek Fisher has six).
Furthermore, Maybin’s home run was the 299th home run of the season for the Yankees. That is the most in baseball and an MLB record. Their next homer will be magic number No. 300.
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- If the Mets opt to part ways with manager Mickey Callaway this offseason, then Astros bench coach Joe Espada will reportedly be a candidate to replace him. .
- The Angels have claimed INF Kean Wong off waivers from the Rays.
- Cubs 3B Kris Bryant . It’s not certain he’ll play this week.
- MLB announced that Cubs bench coach Mark Loretta has been suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount “inappropriate conduct” following a replay review during hit team’s loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.
- The Indians have activated 3B Jose Ramirez from the IL.
Sources from: CBS Sports