Billy-Ball Daily: 2006-7-20

7/20/2006
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Countdown: Only 93 days until the start of the World Series

Thursday, July 20, 2006

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ON THE OTHER HAND
Through the first 93 games of the season, the Detroit Tigers had not hit a grand slam homer. On the other hand, last night in game 94, Craig Monroe’s grand slam led the Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. “It’s by far the biggest one I’ve ever hit,” Monroe said of the Tigers’ first grand slam of the season. “You can’t describe it — the atmosphere, who we’re playing. We downplay it and talk about it just being another series, but we know we’re chasing them. They’re the defending champions.”

The Boston Red Sox scored only seven run in their three-game set versus the lowly Kansas City Royals. On the other hand, seven runs were all they needed to sweep the pitiful Four-A team, 5-4, 1-0, and 1-0.

Thirty people were injured as high wind blew out press box windows, overturned portable concession stands and ripped the tarp at new Busch Stadium right before the start of last night’s game between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals. On the other hand, after a delay of over two hours, Chris Carpenter shut down the Atlanta Braves offense and Jim Edmonds hit a three-run homer, leading the Cardinals to an 8-3 victory.

Carpenter (9-4), last year’s NL Cy Young winner and the lone Cardinals starter with an ERA below five, held Atlanta to two runs and five hits in seven innings. On the other hand, Chipper Jones had two hits for the Braves and is 41-for-78 (.526) with eight homers and 24 RBI during a 19-game hitting streak that matches his career best set in 2000 and Brian McCann homered for the fifth consecutive game in the seventh, the Braves’ 24th long ball in the last seven games

The Tigers averaged 100 losses from 2001-2005, including an AL-record 119 just three years ago. On the other hand, their win last night gives them 63 victories on the season and if they lose all of their remaining 68 games, they will have only 99 losses.

The Mets beat up the Reds Aaron Harang in the first two innings last night to take a 4-0 lead. On the other hand, following a rain delay, the Reds went on for a 7-4 victory.. It was the fifth time this season that Cincinnati overcame a deficit of four-or-more runs to win a game, the most such wins for any National League team. Kansas City (six) and Detroit (five) lead the A.L. in that category.

The Tigers have not had a winning season since 1993. On the other hand, Detroit (63-31) needs to go just 19-49 to break that streak.

The Twins beat the Devil Rays 7-2 on Wednesday. Minnesota has won 19 of its last 20 home games. It’s the first time in franchise history that the Twins won 19 of 20 home games within one season. On the other hand, the Twins remain 9