Hunter Greene’s record-breaking outing in his return to action Saturday night highlights a solid weekend on the mound for some MLBbros.
Hunter Greene threw 47 pitches over 100 MPH in his first start in six weeks after going on the Injured List with a shoulder injury.
Hunter Greene was bringing the heat last night. 🔥
— MLB (@MLB) September 18, 2022
Those 47 are the most ever tracked by Statcast in a single start.
He finished with a career high 11 strikeouts in six shutout innings and allowed just four hits as he got the no decision against the National League Central leading St. Louis Cardinals.
Greene’s no stranger to pumping gas on the mound and with the Reds out of contention his time off was more so for rest than anything else. the melanated mound marauder has found some consistency after showing flashes of brilliance early in the season.
His next start will come next Thursday against another playoff hopeful team, the Milwaukee Brewers.
Triston “Sticks” McKenzie
Triston McKenzie has now registered eight quality starts in a row and continues to be one of the biggest factors in Cleveland’s run to their first playoff berth since becoming the Guardians.
Friday McKenzie fought through a few struggles as his team was down 3-0 early, but he held Twins down long enough for his team to comeback and eventually win 4-3. McKenzie struck out eight hitters through seven innings and allowed seven hits. He didn’t walk a batter, which is a very positive sign.
With his Guardians being in the pennant chase for the American League Central, what McKenzie has done this season and particularly in September has been big. In three starts this month he is 1-0 with a 2.29 ERA, 18 strikeouts and a .216 batting average against.
Going back into August, McKenzie has a 2.84 ERA with 46 strikeouts and just 10 walks with a 2-3 record. His next start will have huge divisional implications. It will come against the Chicago White Sox who are only a few games behind Cleveland for the lead in the division.
Marcus Stroman showed out in the Chi on the weekend of his bobblehead give-a-way. The Cubs ace had everything working, giving the Windy City fans a taste of what he can do when he’s healthy.
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) September 17, 2022
Friday afternoon, Stroman set down the final 11 batters he faced on his way to going seven innings and giving up just one run in a win against the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies did not get a hit against Stroman through the first 5.2 innings of the game as the movement by Stroman’s pitches kept batters on their heels the entire game.
Since the All-Star Break Stroman has a 3.03 ERA and with this being the first season of a four-year $71 deal, it’s great to see him close the year out on a high note.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 16, 2022
His next start is scheduled for this coming Thursday in Pittsburgh.