Tuesday tidbits


TEX 10, @BAL 3: Are you Joshing me? And who’s that HHS nut who called Hamilton “overrated”? (Well, if he was really all that, would he have settled for a double for his 5th hit? Shee-oot, the tattooed slacker didn’t even tie the record for total bases in a game!)

  • It’s obvious why Hamilton merely doubled in the 5th inning: Elvis Andrus didn’t get on base. All 4 HRs came with Andrus on 1st. (I’ll bet no other 4-HR game had a twist like that, but I’ll let someone else check it.)
  • It’s Hamilton’s first game of 3+ HRs. His four previous 2-HR games were at home.
  • Guess what? He’s now on a 75-HR pace.

@PIT 5, WSN 4: Last year, Andrew McCutchen homered on Opening Day and had 5 taters by the end of April. Tonight he hit his first of 2012 in his 26th game.

  • That wasn’t the last HR by the Pirates, and certainly not the biggest.
  • The bullpen spoiled A.J. Burnett’s 2nd high-quality start in 4 outings (8 IP, 2 R, 10 Ks, 1 walk). A.J. had just two 10-K games in his last two years with NYY.
  • Third career walk-off bomb for Rod Barajas, but his first of the turnaround kind. Also, his first HR in 21 games as a Buc; he was 8 for 63 before blasting off.
  • Do you suppose Henry Rodriguez lost a little focus after throwing two wild pitches that moved the tying run to 3rd base?

ATL 3, @CHC 1: Seeing them tied at 1 in the 7th inning of Ryan Dempster‘s 5th start, a question came to mind. Which will come first?

@NYY 5, TBR 3: The Grandy-Man is heating up. With 10 HRs in 29 games, he’s a game ahead of his 2011 pace.

  • Raul Ibanez now has a multi-HR game for each of the 4 teams he’s played for.
  • Data overload: David Robertson loaded the bases in the 9th for Carlos Pena (8 career slams in 136 chances, including one against C.C. in his first AB of the year). The new Yankee closer whiffed him on a 2-2 count. That’s 25 Ks in 50 bases-loaded PAs in Robertson’s career.

NYM 7, @PHI 4: Already leading the majors in 2-out runs, the Mets erupted for 4 more in the 7th to turn around a 4-1 deficit. Six of their 7 runs came with two away.

  • New York’s rally left the Phils with that ol’ rundown feeling.
  • The Mets have made Philly their own Phanatic Phun Zone, winning both early series this year to raise their record to 38-40 in C.B.P. since its 2004 opening. The Phils have returned the favor by going 14-13 in the Mets’ new home, but they won’t land in Flushing until May 28 this year.

@HOU 3, MIA 2: Omar Infante gave Miami the lead with his 6th HR, then let in the two tying runs on a double error.

  • Brian Bogusevic has hit just .244 as a starter in his young career, but pinch-hitting seems to suit him.
  • That’s 15-and-0 for Emilio.

@MIN 5, LAA 0: The 7th shutout loss for the Halos in 31 games. They’re also tied for the MLB high with 4 shutout wins.

  • Seven ovals for Scott Diamond in his season debut (4 hits, 1 walk, 6 Ks). He’s the second MLB player born in Guelph, Ontario, and the first since the 1880s. Even if turns out to be a multifaceted gem, he’ll never win 32 in a season like the last Guelphian.
  • That’s funny — I didn’t I-90 went as far north as Minneapolis.

@KCR 6, BOS 4: I’ve eaten many meals at Bobby V’s restaurant, but I never knew they served Country Breakfast at this hour.

@MIL 8, CIN 3: Cleanup man Aramis Ramirez did just that with a 2-out, base-clearing triple — but he spoiled his 4-year streak of exactly 1 triple.

DET 6, @SEA 4 (9th): What percentage of the game is half mental, again? Papa Grande, back in a save situation after a one-game hiatus that must’ve made Jim Leyland repent his ways, has walked the first 2 men in the 9th. (No, I daren’t look again….)

@OAK 7, TOR 3: Jays’ closing woes continue. Nobody likes cold Coco; he’s blown his last 3 save opps.

  • With HRs in his last 2 games, Brandon Inge‘s 2012 total has equaled the 3 he hit in 102 games last year. (Sorry, no video available yet on his game-winning GS.)
  • Toronto still has just one singleton result in 30 games so far: WWLLWWLLWWLLWWWWLLLLWWLWWWWLLL.
  • Surprising A’s have won 5 of 6 and improved to 16-14.

@SDP 2, COL 1: One of these struggling NL West teams gets to win. Rox have dropped 7 of 9, including the opener of this 8-game road trip (mustering only 2 runs despite a HR from the pitcher). A Pads victory would make them even in their last 16 games, which is progress after a 3-12 start.

  • Something’s gotta give: San Diego had scored just 97 runs as the evening began. Colorado had allowed 156, which — I know you’ll never believe this — is the most in the NL.

CHW 5, @CLE 3: After successful SP Chris Sale failed in his first try at closing, Robin Ventura announced that Sale will platoon with 3B Brent Morel until one of them learns to hit better than Aurelio Rodriguez. That player will then be released.

STL 6, @ARI 1 (9th): Hypothetical question for Cards fans: Say you could wave a magic wand and get Albert back at the club’s last offer price, but you had to void the deal for Carlos Beltran. Have you moved on already?


… and a little canned hash from MONDAY:

Lance Lynn has won 6 straight starts to open the season. Last Cardinal to do that was Bob Tewksbury (1994), who finished the season 12-10, 5.32.

Jordany Valdespin, whose first and last names are unique in MLB history, notched 0.454 Win Probability Added for his 9th-inning tie-breaking 3-run HR as a pinch-hitter in his 8th career game. Just one other Met has had such a big PH impact within his first 10 games.


Remember the dates:

April 11-12 — The only consecutive Twins wins this year. Their 7-21 start is the worst in franchise history, on the heels of the 2nd-worst season in their 51 years up north.

April 19Albert’s last multi-hit game. In 17 games since then, he’s 7-67 … but, you know, with a HR.

Sorry if I didn’t cover your team. I live on the East Coast and work in the morning, so it’s hard to get to the late shows.

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Timmy Pea

Last year on the B-Ref blog I said Hamilton was the best player in baseball and I was roundly made fun of. I stand by my words.

James Smyth

About Elvis Andrus being on for all four Hamilton homers:

Gerald Perry scored on all four Mark Whiten homers here

Carl Furillo scored on all four Gil Hodges homers here


Tomorrow, Mets vs. Phils in an Ogden Nash special: Dillon Gee and Clifton Lee. That’s a game you’ll want to see. Don’t dare get up to take a [break].


Juan Pierre .337!!


Meanwhile, on the West Coast, the Giants beat Clayton Kershaw for “the first time in 100 years” – Duane Kuiper.

Meawhile, four Giants starting pitchers have ERAs in the 2.00-3.00 range, yet only one has a winning record. Sounds familiar.




Richard Chester

Jeter’s hit last night gave him 49 hits in the Yankees first 29 games of the season. That is a team record breaking the one held by Alphonse Soriano.


Could have sworn that the Pirates won their game …

Paul E

How about Carlos “El Nuevo Majina” Beltran with 10 HRs and only 11 extra base hits so far? Obviously, this ratio is pretty much a mere statistical oddity through May 8th, however, I believe it also to be further evidence of a player’s hitting skills evolving to the point where he just waits for and crushes “his pitch”….again, kind of like Henry Aaron from age 35 – 39.

Timmy Pea et all:
Pierre is batting about .340…where, barring injury, does he end up on September 30th?

Lawrence Azrin
#24/Paul E, Well, I wouldn’t discount Rice’s 406 total bases in 1978 _too_ much, as he was the only player in the AL to have even 300 TB’s (2nd: Eddie Murray, 293). The NL leader was 340. If the Rawlings baseball was juiced, it seems that he was the only AL player to take a large advantage of it that year. I’d discount the 406 TB’s more because Rice made 490 outs in 1978 (4th in the AL). His Adjusted Batting Wins of 4.9 is in a many-way tie for 439th all time, it did lead the AL that year… Read more »
Paul E

I do vaguely recall Rice on the cover of either SI or the Sporting News with the caption “Power Plant” around late season 1977 or ’78. He sure did GIDP an awful lot as well as have a relatively low BB rate for such an imposing hitter.

Was Pesky his hitting instructor? I seem to recall Walt Hriniak (challenging Doug Gwosdz for highest all-time “eyechart surname” similarity score) around that time and Curt Gowdy talking about him as if he were God. Maybe not

Lawrence Azrin
Apparently the Red Sox had no formal hitting coach till Johhny Pesky was appointed in 1980, but Walt Hriniak, the Sox bullpen coach since 1977, served informally as a hitting coach after several Sox players, notably Dewey Evans and Rich Gedman, approached Hriniak and started working with him. He took over the formal title after Pesky retired from that in 1984. Rice’s hitting approach was pretty well established from his rookie year in 1975; I don’t think Rice worked much with Walt Hriniak, it was mainly Evans and Gedman that were his prize pupils. I know Jim Rice gets knocked… Read more »
Paul E

Yep, August 13, 1977 issue of the one-time baseball-centric Sporting News…”Power Plant Jim Rice Boston Red Sox”.

Billy Dee Williams mustache and all

Lawrence Azrin

The Red Sox of this era had a number of players with fine mustaches, not only Rice but also Dwight Evans, Luis Tiant, and Dennis Eckersley and later Carney Lansford, Steve Crawford, Wade Boggs, Tony Armas and Bill Buckner.

Mike L

LA, fine mustaches all, although Rice’s was feared.

Lawrence Azrin

Yes, but Dwight Evans’ mustache had a higher WAR-M (Wins Above Replacement-level Mustache) than Rice’s. It did more of the little things well.

…And I do prefer “LA” over “Lawrence”.


I find it amusing that as of right now the two teams that would sneak into the post-season because of the new, second wild card spot are the two New York teams. Do you think that was what Bud Selig and MLB were going for?

Paul E

“Do you think that was what Bud Selig and MLB were going for?”

Revenue – in any form. You know, you play 162 games-the most in any sport, and you invite everybody and their ancestors to the playoffs anyway


Weird stat of the day: With last night’s win, the KC Royals tied up the all time series with the Boston Red Sox at 216 to 216. The only AL team with a better record against the BoSox since the Royals’ inception in 1969 was some team from New York. Considering the Red Sox .543 winning percentage in that time and the Royals .480 winning percentage, that seems pretty remarkable.

e pluribus munu
This is a great stat, Brent, and calls to mind a way of looking at seasons that has seemed very hard to track since divisional play began in 1969. Before that time, the daily standings chart in many papers was presented as a grid that showed team-vs-team season series totals, allowing you to track at a glance how each team was compiling its record. (During some parts of the season, careful analysis was a disciplined way to delay homework by as much as a half-hour beyond box score study.) The most interesting were always the series rivalries that ran counter… Read more »

Some Snapshots from the Tigers @ Mariners game referenced in the above post.


Notes: 1)They let you get really close to the bullpen in SafeCo. 2)The MLB.Com box sez the wind was 2mph – that is totally inaccurate – 25mph would have been a lot closer. 3)Fielder’s Dinger was among the hardest balls I have seen hit live. Seattle Beat writer Larry LaRue mentioned Jupiter in his game coverage.