But it was a special night for one Guardians player. Right-handed pitcher Xzavion Curry made his major league debut and started for the Guardians.
In his debut, he went five innings, giving up three runs and striking out three. It was a moment Curry will never forget as he stepped on the mound in a big league stadium for the first time as a member of the Guardians.
When he found out that he would be starting, he was filled with so many emotions and tried his best to maintain his composure.
“It was amazing news and I couldn’t keep my emotions under wraps because he (Triple-A manager) said I couldn’t say anything,” he said. “When I first found out I was walking around with a quiet, smiley face, just cheesin.”
After his performance, he gained a lot of confidence in himself.
“Honestly, I learned that I can compete, like I belong here,” Curry said in an article from cleveland.com.
“Obviously I’ve got to work out a little minor things with pitching, but I learned that I can compete and it’s honestly still the same game.”
To be able to say you played in an MLB game is a dream come true for so many players, and now Curry can say those exact words.
Before the Guardians called him up, Curry put together an impressive performance during his time in the minors. A combined 8-4 record with a 3.48 ERA and 113 strikeouts during his time in Double-A and Triple-A.
Cleveland drafted Curry in the seventh round back in the 2019 draft. Guardians manager Terry Francona sees a lot of potential in the 24-year-old.
“We just told him, ‘Man, there’s a lot to like,’” Francona said. “We knew today isn’t what he’s gonna look like a year from now, two years from now, maybe 10, 12 years from now, but he competed really well.”
Curry made his professional debut in 2021 and started out in A ball. He continued to work his way up through the different levels in minor league and fast forward almost a year later, he’s already pitched in his first big league game. The South Carolina native has the potential to be a key part of the Guardians pitching rotation down the line. This is a brother you want to keep your eyes on and don’t be surprised if he gets another opportunity to take the mound for Cleveland this season.
The Washington Nationals recently let go of their superstar Juan Soto, but they gained a potential superstar in shortstop C.J. Abrams. Before joining the Nationals, Abrams appeared in 46 games with the San Diego Padres and hit .232 with two home runs and 11 RBI. Washington recently called up Abrams from the minors and he made his debut on Monday against the Chicago Cubs.
Although he went hitless in four at-bats, it was good to see Abrams suit up for his new team. This could be the start of something really good for the Nationals.
Abrams was the No. 1 prospect in the Nationals farm system and was ranked No. 4 in the league in ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel’s latest rankings. When you think of Black shortstops in the game today, who pops up into your mind? Maybe Tim Anderson and possibly Marcus Semien, who also plays second base for the most part.
But other than that, there aren’t many true Black shortstops out there. It won’t be long until Abrams is on that elite list of shortstops.
The ceiling is high for the 21-year-old. He is a skilled athlete, and his baseball IQ is on another level. Granted he is young, so he’s going to go through some growing pains, but he’s the type of player that will only get better from his mistakes. Nationals starting pitcher Josiah Gray took the mound on Monday and was stoked to have Abrams playing behind him.
“It’s super exciting,” Gray said in an article by The Washington Post. “For me personally, it gives me a little extra edge to go out there and sort of dream on the future. Like, these are the guys that can be your teammates for years to come.”
The more experience Abrams gets, the better he’s going to become as a player. Keep in mind, before Monday, he only appeared in 160 professional games.
Nationals manager Dave Martinez is excited for the future of the organization and Abrams can help lead the way in attributing to that success.
“This is what we talked about moving forward, some of our youth, and now we’re getting to see some of that here,” Martinez said. “And that definitely excites me a lot … watching these guys all play together and grow together. It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s going to be some work, a lot of work. But it’s going to be fun.”
Abrams’ journey is going to be a special one. It will be a lot of fun watching our MLBbro develop into a superstar. As long as he trusts the process and continues to put the work in, he’s going to put himself in a good position to be successful.
A video posted online showed fans taunting Garrett, and one was leaning onto the roof of the dugout and Garrett splashed a cup filled with liquid in the direction of the fan.
Garrett issued an apology and met with the fan after the game and gave them a jersey.
“There was no hard feelings there,” he said to reporters. “I sent a jersey to him and his son, stuff like that. He was very grateful because it could have gone south. But he was very kind to me, and I was letting him know how upset I was that in the moment I reacted like that.”
“I owe the fan from last night an apology,” Garrett said on Twitter. “I realize my actions were uncalled for and that as players we are held to a higher standard and the chirping from fans is a part of today’s game. I hope he can forgive me.”
Garrett is a player who demonstrates a lot of emotion, whether he’s on the mound or not.
He was suspended seven games last season for his role in a bench-clearing brawl when he was a member of the Cincinnati Reds and they were playing the Chicago Cubs.
In his first season with the Royals, he posted a 4.45 ERA with 34 strikeouts through 41 appearances.
Today, two of our MLBbros will take the mound against each other in a NL battle. The Chicago Cubs take on the Washington Nationals. And that means there will be a bro starting on the mound for each team, as Marcus Stroman and Josiah Gray will square off.
This will be an exciting matchup between the two, even though both teams don’t have the best record. You better believe whenever these two make a start, they’re going to do their best to put their team in a position to win the game.
Both pitchers made their last start against the opposing team.
Stroman pitched on August 9, going five innings, striking out six and giving up four earned runs and Gray threw on the 10th, giving up two earned runs while striking out five.
They both earned a no decision during each game.
Well, today one of these brothers can earn a win and add it to their resume this season. Both of these pitchers have made a name for themselves during their careers, and they have represented well for the MLBbros.
Let’s take a look at how each one has performed this season.
Marcus Stroman, Chicago Cubs
Stroman is in his eighth season and his first one with the Cubs. Numbers wise, the 2022 season has not been one of his best, but Stroman has still had some impressive outings this year.
Back in May, he was lights out against the Milwaukee Brewers. He threw seven innings of shutout baseball, only allowing two hits while striking out five as he picked up the win. Don’t let the 3-5 record fool you, Stroman can still go out there and control the game from the mound.
He’s done that multiple times throughout his career, especially early on when he got to the big leagues.
Stroman will look to pick up his first win during August and let’s see if he can continue his streak of striking out six or more batters. He’s done so in his last two starts.
In his second season, he’s shown tremendous improvement on the mound, and you can see that he’s more comfortable and confident too. The 24-year-old is getting a lot of experience early on in his career and that will only help him as his career progresses.
This year, Gray has owned teams on the mound. Back on July 6 he had one of his best performances of his career against the Philadelphia Phillies. He threw six innings striking out a career-high 11 batters and gave up two runs while he secured the win. Gray could finish the season with double-digit wins, which would be very impressive.
This matchup between Stroman and Gray could be a back-and-forth game as both pitchers could wreak havoc for opposing hitters.
Dontrelle Willis last appeared in a MLB game over 10 years ago, but how can you forget about this MLBbro?
In his prime, he was one of the most dominant pitchers in the game. During the 2005 season he won 22 games with the Florida Marlins, the most wins he had in a single season. He’s also one of just 15 Black MLB pitchers to ever win 20 games in a season. This prestigious group is called “The Black Aces.”
Willis had a distinctive windup from the left side which drew a lot of attention during his playing days.
His high leg kick was very deceptive, and hitters had difficulties, especially when Willis first got into the league. And Willis had success during his career too. During his rookie season in 2003, he was named an All-Star, NL Rookie of the Year, and was a part of the Marlins team that shocked the world and defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series. the young star went 14-6 with a 3.30 ERA that season.
You don’t see many rookies having the kind of success Willis did. He quickly gained a lot of attention throughout the league after his first season. Willis played for four teams during his career and finished with a 72-69 record with a 4.17 ERA and 896 strikeouts.
Oh, and the brother could hit too, swatting .244 with nine home runs and had a .378 slugging percentage. Though he did not have much success later in his career, he still made a name for himself and is a player people still talk about to this day.
So what is the former World Series champion doing now?
Well, he’s still involved in baseball, but he’s in the booth now. In May, he joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as a member of the broadcast team. Willis brings a lot of knowledge to the broadcast booth, and he brings a lot of energy, just like he did on the hill.
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He also contributes to MLB WHIPAROUND, a nightly baseball program on FOX Sports.
Willis went through a lot of ups and downs during his career and it’s good to see how much he bounced back and is enjoying his time in the broadcast booth. During his playing career, he won at the highest level and got sent down to play in the minor leagues.
With all the experience he’s had, Willis is a perfect example of someone who young players should take advice from. Last year, he spoke with Baseball America and talked about the conversations he’s had with players.
“I tell guys, enjoy all of this,” Willis said. “Enjoy competing, enjoy being around your teammates, enjoy your name being on the back of a jersey …. just enjoy every single moment.”
Willis will be around the game for a long time, and he deserves his flowers for what he did during his playing days and what he’s doing now.