The New York Yankees on August 25th, 2011 set a MLB record with 3 grand slams in a game. Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Robinson Cano hit the blasts. Wow.
Alfredo Aceves set a major league record on Tuesday night. When he won the game for the Red Sox he became the most winning-est pitcher in MLB history with at least 20 career decisions. He has a lifetime record of 20-2. Not shabby.
The Tampa Bay Rays set a Major League record tonight when 29 year old James Shields started the game. It was the 705th consecutive game that a pitcher who was less than 30 years of age started a game.
Tough luck, CC. CC Sabathia is leading the majors in wins. He has a 12-4 record, 2.90 ERA, 117 K over 136.2 IP…. and he is not on the all star team. Those are some pretty gaudy numbers for someone who isn’t “all star” caliber.
Somebody puts a gun to your head and demands you to say who is the active leader in wins in the entire MLB right now? You choke, what do you say? Roy Hallady? CC Sabathia?
You’re wrong. It’s Tim Wakefield… that’s right. Tim Wakefield. The crafty knuckeballer has 197 career wins and is creeping closer to 200. He has been in the league since 1992 when he started with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He has beaten 27 out of the 30 MLB teams. The only ones he has not beaten are: the Red Sox, the Pirate and the Astros. He had a chance last weekend to beat the Pirates but came short and the same thing this previous week against the Astros. Hall of famer or not, Wakefield certainly has had amazing durability throughout his tenure in the MLB. He will surely be missed whenever he does hang them up.
Hats off to you, Timmy.
Mitch Moreland hit the longest homerun of this previous MLB week (455 feet) here’s the top 5 for the week:
1. Mitch Moreland (455)
2. Wily Mo Pena (454)
3. Drew Stubbs (442)
4. Jason Giambi (440)
5.Mark Reynolds( 440)
How was your June? Unless you’re Cliff Lee (see previous) you really can’t compete with Justin Verlander. The nasty right hander had some out of this world numbers during June 2011:
6-0, 54 K, 0.71 WHIP
AL Cy Young? yea I think so
Cliff Lee finished the month of June off right with 3 straight complete game shutouts… oh yea these are his full June numbers:
5-0, 0.21 ERA…. god like.
There has to be some sort of stat to pertain to this but I cannot find it. This week both Fransisco Liriano and Justin Verlander had starts where they went at least 7 IP hitless. They have both thrown no hitters this season. Barely missed their 2nd of the year. Just weird. Love baseball.