MLB News and Notes: April 11, 2019

The season is now two weeks old, and there are already some wild things happening across the league. The Mariners are continuing their record start, the Astros finally swept the Yankees, and the Mets batters didn’t need to swing the bat to put runs on the board against the Twins. Here are the latest MLB news and notes.

Mariners win again, keep hitting HRs

Mitch Haniger’s two-out home run in the 9th inning lifted the Mariners to a 6-5 win over the Royals. It’s Seattle’s fifth straight win and moves them to a franchise-best start of 12-2, one of just three American League teams in history to ever start a season that well.

Seattle also extended their streak to 14 straight games with a home run this season, tying the 2002 Indians for the MLB record. They also have 34 home runs, which tie the 2000 Cardinals for the most by any team through the first 14 games of a season. If that wasn’t enough, the M’s have also scored six or more runs in 12 of their first 14 games, the first team to do that since 1908.

The Mariners were not expected to contend, trading key pieces like Robinson Cano and Jean Segura in the offseason. However, newcomers like Jay Bruce, Tim Beckham, Edwin Encarnacion, and Domingo Santana have all had hot starts, and it’s resulting in a team who’s well ahead of the rest of the league. Seattle will look to continue their historic start when they wrap up their series against the Royals on Thursday afternoon.

Altuve, Astros sweep Yankees

One night after hitting career home run number 100, Jose Altuve hit two more as the Astros edged the Yankees 8-6 in Houston. The win completed their first sweep of the Yankees in franchise history.

Altuve’s two home runs were part of the 16 hits Houston put up on James Paxton and the rest of the New York pitchers who took the mound. Carlos Correa also had a big game, hitting a home run, double, and single. As for Altuve, his four home runs this series are tied for the most by an Astros player in a three-game regular season series.

Thanks to Altuve, Correa, and six quality innings from Collin McHugh, Houston completed their perfect 6-0 homestand, their first since sweeping the Cardinals and Rockies in 2004. The Astros will now head to Seattle to begin a series with the red-hot Mariners.

Mets use big fifth inning to beat Twins

The Mets rallied in the fifth inning without swinging the bat a whole lot and beat the Twins 9-6. It was a very curious rally when you consider six runs were scored on only two hits.

Following a Jeff McNeil hit with one out, Jake Odorizzi walked the next two batters. Then after McNeil was caught in a rundown for the second out, things got very wild. Following that out was a walk to Noah Syndergaard, a pitching change, then walks to Brandon Nimmo via HBP, Peter Alonso, and Robinson Cano, before Wilson Ramos capped the rally with a two-run single. Six runs, six walks, one hit batsman, and only two hits.

The Mets will hope to bring their newfound plate discipline to Atlanta on Thursday when they begin a series against the Braves. Steven Matz will get the start for New York, opposed by Kevin Gausman.

Some other games to look forward to on Thursday include the Cardinals going for the sweep over the Dodgers, the Red Sox looking for their first home win of the season when they host the Blue Jays, and the Pirates and Cubs settling their three-game series up at Wrigley.

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