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August 11th, 2023 Week 19: MLB News and Rankings

WEEK 19: MLB News and Rankings

Greetings, fellow baseball aficionados! As the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd continue to fill the air, we're back with another exciting edition of your MLB newsletter. Get ready to dive into the latest happenings, trades, and power rankings that define this week's action-packed journey through America's favorite pastime.
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Tampa in Trouble?

The Tampa Bay Rays are grappling with a pitching crisis in the midst of a heated AL East battle. All-Star pitcher Shane McClanahan's season-ending forearm injury is a major setback, joining a series of pitching blows this year, including Rasmussen, Springs, and Baz.

With McClanahan's absence, Tampa Bay faces the daunting task of adapting mid-season. While no replacement can fill his shoes, the acquisition of Aaron Civale provides crucial innings-eating potential. Civale's recent debut, though not stellar, highlights his importance in easing the bullpen's load.

As the Rays rely on arms like Civale, Eflin, and Glasnow, the depth of their pitching is under scrutiny. Littell and prospect Bradley step up, while Ramirez and Lopez offer alternatives. This challenge arrives amid a fierce AL East race, emphasizing the need to evolve and excel in the face of adversity.

Week 19 - Power Rankings

  1. Atlanta Braves (71-40) 
  2. Baltimore Orioles (70-43)
  3. TB Rays (69-46) 
  4. Texas Rangers (68-47)
  5. LA Dodgers (66-46) 
  6. Houston Astros (65-49)
  7. Toronto Blue Jays (64-51)
  8. SF Giants (62-52)
  9. Milwaukee Brewers (62-54)
  10. Chicago Cubs D-Backs (59-55) 

No-No Alert

Phillies' Michael Lorenzen experienced an extraordinary turn of events, marking a defining moment in his baseball journey. As the ninth inning dawned at Citizens Bank Park, 30,406 fans erupted in exuberant cheers as Lorenzen emerged from the Phillies' dugout. His path to the pitcher's mound was accompanied by an overwhelming ovation, an acknowledgment of his exceptional performance thus far.

The preceding eight innings had been a masterclass by Lorenzen, not yielding a single hit. A remarkable 111 pitches were under his belt, surpassing his personal record. This game presented a historic opportunity for Lorenzen, only his second start since his trade from Detroit to the Phillies on August 1, just before the Trade Deadline.

Then, in an unforgettable climax, Lorenzen etched his name in the annals of Phillies' lore by completing the team's 14th no-hitter. A resounding 7-0 triumph over the Nationals cemented this feat. This achievement carries significant weight, marking the Phillies' first no-hitter since Cole Hamels in 2015 and the first achieved on home turf since Roy Halladay's unforgettable performance in the 2010 National League Division Series on October 6th.

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