Major League: Tracking Stars From The St. Louis Area
We're following local products who have made it to the big leagues. Check out what Scott Van Slyke and Max Scherzer did Sunday!
Parkway Central's Max Scherzer, who has struggled this season on the mound for the Detroit Tigers, found his form in dominating fashion Sunday. He pitching seven innings and struck out 15, which according to espn.com is the most in 40 years for the franchise. He evened his record at 3-3, after going 4 innings in his start Tuesday, not enough for the win.
Scott Van Slyke
The Burroughs grad from Chesterfield hit his first major league home run Sunday night pinch-hitting for the Los Angeles Dodgers against his hometown team. It was a 3 run blast in the seventh inning to give L.A. a 6-5 lead and the ultimate margin of victory over the Cardinals. It had otherwise been a quiet week for Van Slyke, the Burroughs son of former St. Louis Cardinal and former 101 ESPN analyst Andy Van Slyke. Scott singled in his first major league at bat earlier this month and got his first start for the injury-depleted Dodgers on Tuesday.
The Hazelwood West graduate and a trusted member of the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen will be on the disabled list likely until at least August 1 with elbow issues, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The Lafayette High School hero from the 2011 World Series has cooled after an early hot start. Going into Sunday's game against Los Angeles, Freese was hitting .266 with 8 HR and 29 RBI, but was hitting .176 in his last ten games entering Sunday.
Phelps, the Hazelwood West graduate, is back in the bullpen after the Yankees lost closers Mariano Rivera and David Robertson to injury and welcomed back veteran Andy Pettitte to the rotation. Saturday, Phelps made a diving catch on a sacrifice bunt, but an errant throw in an attempted double-play ultimately led to the game winning run in a 6-5 loss to the Reds.
The former Francis Howell North hurler is 3-4 in the young season, his first with the Miami Marlins. The win-loss record is deceptive. It comes with a solid 3.17 ERA and is complicated by a Marlins squad which has been starved for run support this season. According to mlb.com, Buehrle will take the mound Monday for Miami against ageless 49 year-old wonder Jamie Moyer.
The slugger from Lafayette was the subject of a lengthy report this past weekend in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Howard has been rehabbing a torn Achilles tendon suffered in the 2011 playoffs against the Cardinals. The newspaper explored if the Phillies' use of a cortisone shot last September played a role in the later injury. Howard did not comment for the story, but the team defended its handling of players according to a story by the Associated Press Sunday.