MLB Weekend Winners and Losers: Panda des Braves expresses joy at running; Francisco Lindor helps Jacob deGrom

Another Major League Baseball weekend is on the books. We come together every Sunday to reward the winners and losers after every weekend of MLB action this season. Here are the big winners and losers of the past few days, including Jacob deGrom’s continued dominance, Pablo Sandoval’s “panda” hugs, and Clayton Kershaw’s struggles in Atlanta.

Now here’s the good and bad of the ninth MLB Action Weekend:

Winner: DeGrom sets record, gets help from Lindor

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom continued his dominance in Saturday’s start against the San Diego Padres. Not only did he end the Padres offensive, but he made ERA history in the process.

Here’s a look at the straight line:


So that’s just three hits and 11 strikeouts in seven scoreless innings, while lowering his 2021 season ERA to 0.62. This is the lowest ERA after nine starts since the stat was adopted in 1913. Of the 85 pitches, deGrom threw 60 for strokes and ended the night with an average of 100.4 mph for his fastball. .

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In addition to the ERA-related accolades, deGrom also became the first pitcher in MLB history to start a season on Saturday with nine straight starts of one or zero earned runs. Five of those nine starts were scoreless.

The record hunt isn’t new for the No.1 Mets starter, but what’s new this weekend is that the Mets were able to give deGrom some much-needed support in their win over the Padres. The club scored four points, including two home runs (Jose Peraza, Francisco Lindor) against San Diego starter Joe Musgrove. Lindor, formerly in freefall, is now 0.406 / 0.424 / .750 with two homers and 10 runs scored in his last seven games.

The St. Louis Cardinals have been struggling lately. They were swept aside by the Cincinnati Reds this weekend in a four-game streak at Busch Stadium. The last time the Reds swept a four-game streak in St. Louis was in 1990.

They managed to keep things interesting in Sunday’s game (box score) when they came back to tie the game with a seven-point seventh inning, but ultimately fell to their division foe. Now they have lost five straight games and seven of their last nine games.

“It’s just not going our way right now,” Cardinals coach Mike Shildt said. “It’s going to turn out. I like the way guys compete because sometimes you don’t get the end result, but that’s the way you go about it. These guys put it all together.”

While the club showed some offensive resilience in Sunday’s loss, they still need to improve as they have a minus 18 point differential after the weekend and sit behind the Cubs and Brewers in the Central National League.

Winner: Sandoval hugs

We love to highlight the craziest, healthiest moments in baseball here in this column every week. That being said, we’re handing out one of our winning tags to something that highlights both. Veteran Pablo Sandoval has set up a new celebration after the home run for the Braves team this weekend.

After every home run hit by a Braves player, Sandoval came up with an incentive (I guess you could call him that) where he would give his homing teammate a big congratulatory hug. Sandoval, of course, is known for its Nickname “Panda” was presented to him by his former San Francisco Giants teammates over a decade ago. Therefore, Sandoval had to personalize the hugs, of course, by giving them panda hugs. Which just meant Sandoval would wear a giant foam panda head as he hugged his teammates.

For your greatest pleasure:

It’s incredibly endearing to see how excited Sandoval, 34, is for her patented celebration of the Panda hug. During this weekend’s Braves-Dodgers series at Truist Park, a handful of panda hugs were handed out. You must love baseball and its players for their sincere commitment to staying weird.

Loser: Kershaw

On a more specific note related to the Braves-Dodgers game on Saturday, Clayton Kershaw lost to Atlanta Baseball Club for the first time in 12 career regular-season starts. The three-time winner Cy Young entered the game 5-0 with a 1.78 ERA against the Braves before allowing five runs (including the go-ahead on an RBI brace from Ozzie Albies), eight hits and a walk while striking out nine in six innings.

Guillermo Heredia hit a single before Kershaw brought out Kevan Smith and Charlie Morton. But, things took a turn for the worse when he ceded an eight-pitch walk to Ronald Acuna Jr. The five runs allowed was with two outs in the third inning, in which he needed 33 shots (against nine batters). ) to finish.

“I couldn’t stop the bleeding with two withdrawals”, Kershaw said after the game. “Shouldn’t give up any points when you get two points.… Difficult round, not what you want to do. Frustrating for me. I fought the best I could and got six, which I guess , was pretty positive, but just a frustrating round. “

The tough outing was also marked by more points surrendered than Kershaw had in his previous 14 starts against Atlanta. It was also his second ineffective start in a row after Kershaw, 33, allowed five runs and seven hits in a 5-4 loss to division rivals the San Francisco Giants last Sunday. This is the fourth time in Kershaw’s career that he has allowed five or more points in consecutive games. The last time this happened was ten years ago, during the 2011 MLB season.

The Braves also got the better of Dodgers right-hander Trevor Bauer on Sunday to win the series.

Winner: Yermín Mercedes barber

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Please enjoy this pic of White Sox rookie Yermín Mercedes’ new haircut.

Yes, as the side of his head tells you, it’s the Yermínator. And no, you shouldn’t shave off your nickname unless you’re the Yermínator.

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