St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado recorded the second cycle of his career Friday.Arenado clinched the cycle with a hard ground ball that Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Matt Vierling bobbled before his throw sailed well over first baseman Rhys Hoskins' head. The play was scored a single for Arenado, and a throwing error on Vierling that advanced him to second. For the second time in his career, Nolan Arenado has hit for the cycle! pic.twitter.com/hPedQh87Wc St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) July 2, 2022 More to come.Copyright © 2022 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Matt Vierling plates two runs with a drive to right-center field, extending the Phillies' lead to 4-1
Ahead of his delayed season debut last week, Oneil Cruz was a relative long shot to win NL Rookie of the Year. A week later, he's among the favorites.After his long-awaited premiere outing, the young Pirates star quickly dazzled MLB fans with a week of highlight plays. Cruz is favored at most shops - and was briefly the favorite at Barstool Sportsbook earlier this week - but is currently priced with the third-shortest odds (+500) on the board, just behind Padres starter MacKenzie Gore (+400) and red-hot Braves bat Michael Harris II (+425). PLAYER ODDS MacKenzie Gore +400 Michael Harris II +425 Oneil Cruz +500 Nolan Gorman +600 Spencer Strider +600 Juan Yepez +1500 Brendan Donovan +1700 Jack Suqinski +2200 Seiya Suzuki +2500 Alek Thomas +2700 Christopher Morel +5000 Luis Gonzalez +7500 CJ Abrams +10000 Edward Cabrera +10000 Hunter Greene +10000 Matthew Liberatore +10000 Nick Lodolo +10000 Max Meyer +10000 Bryson Stott +10000 Graham Ashcraft +10000 Ethan Small +15000 Mark Vientos +15000 Joey Bart +20000 Brett Baty +20000 Brennen Davis +20000 Ryan Pepiot +20000 Heliot Ramos +20000 Matt Vierling +20000 Luis Campusano +25000 Cade Cavalli +25000 Ryan Rolison +25000 Mickey Moniak +25000 JJ Bleday +30000 Sixto Sanchez +30000 Drew Waters +50000 It's been a winding road for Cruz, who entered the season as the favorite to win NL Rookie of the Year with the expectation that he'd make Pittsburgh's roster for Opening Day. That call never came for the top-15 prospect, and Cruz toiled away in the minors as fellow rookies got off to hot starts.Then news broke that he'd make his first major-league appearance, and we highlighted him as a potential dark-horse candidate to win the award at 21-1 odds. Sure enough, Cruz impressed in his record-setting debut with his arm and his bat. The 6-7 shortstop gunned down a would-be runner at first with a 96.7 MPH throw - fastest by any infielder this season - and later smacked a three-run double at 112.9 MPH, the hardest-hit ball by any Pirates batter this year.Cruz has continued his electric play throughout his first week of the campaign. On Monday, he crushed his first home run of the season into center field on a frozen rope that left his bat at 109.8 MPH and exited the park in roughly two seconds. Take a look for yourself: Oneil Cruz drills his first HR of the season! ( : @MLB)pic.twitter.com/kaggCEHlpl theScore (@theScore) June 28, 2022 If that's the start of a power surge for Cruz, the rest of the field is in trouble. The 23-year-old is hitting .250 with a subpar .438 slugging percentage, and his eight strikeouts with zero walks are a concern. But he's already batted in eight runners in eight games with just one solo home run to support it, as four of his eight hits have gone for extra bases.If Cruz doesn't improve his plate discipline, that could hamper his chances of putting together a strong end-of-season line. However, a slugger with Cruz's frame and natural power has plenty more highlight-reel plays to come at the plate and in the field, and he doesn't look like he's slowing down anytime soon.C Jackson Cowart is a sports betting writer at theScore. You can follow him on Twitter (@CJacksonCowart) or email him at [email protected] © 2022 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Matt Vierling homers twice in 8-7 win over Nats
Matt Vierling crushed two home runs and J.T. Realmuto hit a clutch go-ahead single to lead the Phillies to an 8-7 win against the Nationals