MLB News & Moments You Should Know – Aug. 9 – Pitcher List

Somehow, we’re still looking forward to the “Field of Dreams” game.
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Another Monday has come and gone, and with it, baseball’s weekly reset. Just 14 teams were in action yesterday, but those games included many of the league’s best squads — including the Mets and Yankees, two New York teams riding opposite vibes coming out of the weekend. The Mets returned home after taking four of five games from their division rivals in Atlanta, while the Yankees were unceremoniously swept by the Cardinals.
The result? Each team entered play on Monday with a matching 70-39 record, tied for second-best in the game. But it’s a new week now, and that means back to work, no matter what happened yesterday. Here are a few of the early top stories and moments from week No. 19.
 
Today’s Headlines
 
If You Sell it, They Will Come
MLB’s second annual “Field of Dreams” game is coming up this week, and by “coming up,” I mean exactly two days from now. This year’s matchup features the Cubs and Reds, two historic franchises and division rivals who also happen to be among the worst and least-compelling excuses for Major League rosters you’ll see in the year of our Lord, 2022. But other than that, it should be fun!
Yesterday, the special-edition throwback uniforms that each team will be wearing on Thursday were released. Check out these pinstripe threads Cincinnati is rocking:

The Reds will wear their 1919 throwback uniforms for the Field of Dreams game 😍
📷: @Reds pic.twitter.com/whk1SaF0pj
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) August 8, 2022

 
And for the Cubbies, it looks like they’re going with the classic cream-and navy look:

Can't wait to see the @Cubs rocking these unis for #MLBatFieldofDreams! 🌽 pic.twitter.com/w5gGMDxVsd
— MLB (@MLB) August 8, 2022

 
Will I buy this? No, but they are pretty sweet. Am I still going to watch? Almost certainly. Curse that childhood nostalgia…
 
Carry On, My Heyward Son
Speaking of the Cubs, they were busy on Monday. In addition to beating the Nationals 6-3, the club announced it would be parting ways with veteran outfielder Jason Heyward at the end of the year. In doing so they’ll still be on the hook for the final installment of the eight-year, $184 million contract they signed him to in 2015. The move allows Heyward, currently on the IL, to prepare for free agency in the winter.

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer informed Jason Heyward that he will not be part of the team in 2023. pic.twitter.com/Cd2ePRG8ZR
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) August 8, 2022

 
The announcement came just a few hours after the club officially claimed Franmil Reyes, another veteran OF, off waivers from Cleveland. The Franimal should see no shortage of ABs in Chicago, despite his .603 OPS on the year.

The #Cubs today claimed OF Franmil Reyes off waivers from the Guardians. pic.twitter.com/SVkB5LZffK
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 8, 2022

 
Birds of a Feather: Arenado, Gausman Take POTW Honors
Monday is superlatives time, and there’s nothing better than meaningless weekly honors to stir up conversation on a travel day. The latest MLB Player of the Week awards, as announced by @MLB, are Nolan Arenado and Kevin Gausman. Nice work, fellas.

Nolan Arenado: .476/.560/1.000, 3 HR, 8 RBI
Kevin Gausman: 14 IP, 15 Ks, 0.00 ERA
Your Players of the Week presented by @chevrolet! 👏 pic.twitter.com/urLVpHsYok
— MLB (@MLB) August 8, 2022

 
Do they get trophies for this stuff? I’m genuinely curious.
 
Best Moments from Yesterday
 
Mounting the Wall
The Orioles have been a wonderful story of late, posting a top-three record in baseball over the last month. But they’ve oddly done most of that winning without getting much from Ryan Mountcastle, a primary power threat. But he turned it around on Monday, snapping a 110-PA homerless streak with this third-inning bomb:

Jordan Lyles eats: innings
Ryan Mountcastle eats: Blue Jays pitching pic.twitter.com/CI0s5wVNt8
— Zachary Silver (@zachsilver) August 9, 2022

 
He was as surprised as anyone by this development, based on his reaction in the dugout:

Ryan Mountcastle hasn’t hit a home run since 7/3—so he acted confused after hitting one and getting the home run chain lol pic.twitter.com/L0F3Hs0lGJ
— Ben Palmer (@benjpalmer) August 9, 2022

 
As a Baltimore Orioles truther, this content is certified Me-Approved.
 
All That and Mor(a)
The Mets cruised to a 5-1 victory in their series-opener against Cincinnati, but they would’ve scored two more if not for this terrific grab by Albert Almora Jr.:

.@albertalmora got UP and brought this one back in. pic.twitter.com/lcC6CFZd1v
— MLB (@MLB) August 9, 2022

 
Not a bad way to get back at your former team.
 
Mean Mr. Mustard
The Guardians dropped a bomb on the baseball world Monday morning with this seismic press release: Mustard, one of three condiments that regularly participates in the Progressive Field Hot Dog races, is being optioned to the minors.

After much consult and toiling internally, we have made a difficult roster move that we believe is in the best interest of our organization.#ForTheLand pic.twitter.com/eqz2RoMKK0
— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) August 8, 2022

 
Suffice it to say, he’s not taking it well:

🚨 BREAKING NEWS 🚨
The moment Mustard found out he had been optioned from the @CleGuardians to @lccaptainspic.twitter.com/2Lhy51dxBa
— Guardians Hot Dogs (@CleHotDogs) August 8, 2022

 
Here’s hoping it’s a minor setback for a major comeback. But come on man, oh-for-fifty?
 
Juan Happy Family
It was a rough weekend for the Padres, scoring just four runs in a three-game sweep by the Dodgers. But Juan Soto’s new club appears unbothered by the disappointing early returns. Now, where can I get THIS shirt?

A bunch of Padres players are wearing “Do The Soto Shuffe” shirts during BP today! pic.twitter.com/YTtRNuBQC5
— 97.3 The Fan (@973TheFanSD) August 8, 2022

 
Meanwhile in other Wholesome Padres Content, here’s a video from Sunday of Manny Machado making nice with some fans. You know, just because.

Guys manny is the man 🥹 #padres
🎥: espn ig reel pic.twitter.com/eYf72dtxeD
— Allison Edmonds (@aedmondstv) August 8, 2022

 
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