T Eazy Has That Legends Sauce | Cleveland Should Fall Back & Let McKenzie Clap

T Eazy Has That Legends Sauce | Cleveland Should Fall Back & Let McKenzie Clap

If there’s one thing that sports can’t live without, it’s an old-fashioned Cinderella story. And if Cinderella watched baseball, she’d love Triston McKenzie. 

On Monday, McKenzie earned himself a spot in the Cleveland Indians’ history book after his eight consecutive strikeouts against the Chicago White Sox.

After fanning Jose Abreu to close out the third inning, he had consecutive strikeouts through the fourth and fifth inning before striking out Jake Lamb to start the sixth. His eight strikeouts are a franchise record. The performance surpassed Corey Kluber’s seven straight strikeouts against the White Sox in 2014. In total, McKenzie finished the night with 10 K’s. 

 

 

While the numbers are impressive, a good Cinderella story isn’t about numbers. It’s about the story behind the story. On paper, McKenzie’s numbers mean that he wasn’t supposed to come out and make history against the White Sox. While he was supposed to be a breakout star for the Indians this season, he has struggled to do so.

He carried a 5.94 ERA with a 1-3 record going into Monday’s game. Allowing walks had been his kryptonite. The former ranked prospect spent the end of May switching between the Triple-A Columbus Clippers and the Indians. After receiving a call-up in late May to replace the injured Zach Plesac, McKenzie came out strong and pitched five scoreless innings with only one hit against the Detroit Tigers. Nevertheless, he got called back down again before getting the call-up for Monday’s game.

 

 

Despite the Indians’ 8-6 loss on Monday, McKenzie displayed enough poise to gather himself after a trying second inning. He allowed four runs in the second inning before throwing strikeout after strikeout as the game progressed. 

Ultimately, McKenzie possessed a key intangible that any great pitcher needs. He was able to gather his composure, learn from his mistakes and bounce back, all over the course of one game. Those are talents he will need to reach his ultimate goal of being the next Dwight Gooden (His Dad’s favorite pitcher). 

But should that be shocking? The ability to bounce back and leave the past in the past has to be one of his strongest intangibles. His struggles this season come after his 2020 debut season when he pitched in 8 games and posted an ERA of 3.24.

Entering the current season, he was expected to be a starter for the Indians. He had even clinched an Opening Day rotation spot before things seemingly went south for the young pitcher. 

 

 

While a run in the big leagues isn’t complete without a few growing pains, what the world saw from McKenzie on Monday is that he is capable of making the proper adjustments to be an asset for the Indians. 

So now the Indians are left with a tough choice, and McKenzie’s mental strength might have to be stronger now than ever before. While McKenzie’s call-up was supposed to be temporary, maybe he is showing that he’s ready to be a major-league starter. It’s possible that the lingering idea of another call to the minors is enough to mentally prepare him for more historic major league outings. 

These MLB Bros Were Locked In Beast Mode

These MLB Bros Were Locked In Beast Mode

MLB Bros were lighting it up on offense and on the mound on Thursday. Taylor Hearn, one of a few Black relievers in the sport, got his first career win for Texas. Melanated Mound Mauraders, T-Eazy and Taijuan Walker, had shut em’ down performances and Marcus Semien made his old team pay dearly.

Taylor Hearn

The 26-year-old has been up and down this season, but on Thursday he earned a career milestone.

T-Eazy

After lasting just two innings and surrendering five runs to the Chicago White Sox on May 1, Triston McKenzie rebounded on Thursday with an outing fit-for-framing. The young Black Knight handcuffed Kansas City by tossing five shutout innings with five K’s and just two hits surrendered. He had everything in the tank cooking today and seems to be putting it all together with each start.

 

 

Taijuan “Sky” Walker

Not to be outdone by the dominance of Jacob deGrom and the charismatic performances of Marcus Stroman, Mets starter Taijuan Walker was lit city USA on Thursday.

The third starter in the Mets rotation threw seven innings of one-hit, one-run ball against a formidable St Louis Cardinals squad that currently leads the NL Central.

 

 

Walker came into KC like Bumpy Johnson taking over Harlem and laid the Cardinals down on some NLE Choppa-type of electricity. Walker hasn’t given up more than 4 runs in a start this season.

The Mets pitching staff will keep them in the NL East race all season.

Marcus “Don’t Sleep” Semien

Marcus Semien has been steady all season for the Toronto BlueJays, but on Thursday he had his best offensive explosion of 2021 against his former Oakland A’s squad. The free agent infielder gave Blue Jays fans a sample of the damage he can cause when he’s hot with the wood.