Mariners 10, @Yankees 2 — “Cycle-plus” alert! Kyle Seager tripled in his first two times up — one normal, one peculiar — then flied out, doubled, and capped the rout with a 3-run kaboom. We still haven’t seen a real cycle this year, but the cycle-plus is far more rare. A cycle-plus has no single, but at least four extra-base hits and one of each flavor. There have been 243 cycles since 1914 (four by Mariners), but this was just the 50th cycle-plus, and the 6th with two triples — the first of those since Montreal’s Hal Breeden in 1973.
Felix Hernandez is approaching the 2000 inning milestone. Barring injury, he should get there this season. If he does, he will be just the 21st pitcher of the live ball era to reach that milestone in his age 28 season or younger.
But, what does that portend for the remainder of his career? I’ll consider that question after the jump.
Six team shutouts Sunday, 129 for the season. On a per-team basis, it’s the most shutouts at this stage of a season since 1989. But this year’s scoring average of 4.17 runs per game is no cause for hysteria. The post-WWII median is 4.34 R/G; the expansion-era median is 4.32. The median for the first 20 years of the DH era was 4.26. This year’s average is just 2%-4% below those marks, and it’s the same as last year’s average. It’s just normal fluctuation. (Oh, and if you’re feeling more historical than current, there’s a random box-score nugget at the bottom of the post.)
@Cardinals 2, Giants 0 — Welcome to the Show, Oscar Taveras. The highly anticipated prospect broke a scoreless tie with a no-doubt home run in his second time at bat, the first Cardinal debut HR since 2010. (Steven Hill?) Michael Wacha tamed the Jints for six innings before a rain delay, and Trevor Rosenthal whiffed the heart of San Francisco’s order for the save.
This post is for voting and discussion in the 59th round of balloting for the Circle of Greats (COG). This round adds to the ballot those players born in 1923. Rules and lists are after the jump. Read the rest of this entry
John Smoltz started here at the Circle of Greats voting by appearing on exactly 50% of the ballots in his very first round (which was also just the second round of COG voting as a whole). Then, for the next 57 (!) rounds, John never appeared on nearly that high a percentage of the ballots again. Until, that is, he received a stunning level of very late support in the 1924 round of voting to tie Duke Snider, and closed things out with a 50.8% showing in a runoff against the Duke, making Smoltz the 58th inductee into the High Heat Stats Circle of Greats. More on John and the voting after the jump Read the rest of this entry
Reds 3, @Dodgers 4 -Dodger left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu flirted with perfection for 7 innings, one day after teammate Josh Beckett had tossed a no-hitter in Philadelphia. Whether it was the 30 minute-plus Dodger ABs in the bottom of the 7th or something else, Ryu was off the mark in the 8th and barely escaped with the lead, much less a no-hit game. Brian Wilson got the second out of the inning but then allowed a two-run double and two walks, leaving the bases loaded for closer Kenley Jansen, who struck out Brandon Phillips to end the threat.
Rangers 12, @Tigers 2, Rangers 12, @Tigers 4 – Texas took the four game set 3-1 with these two weekend shellackings of Rick Porcello and Justin Verlander. It was the just the 9th time since at least 1914 that Detroit has surrendered 12+ runs to the same opponent in consecutive games at home. For Verlander, it was only the second start of his career surrendering 9 runs in under 6 innings. His 14 game score is a career low.
More after the jump.