Billy-Ball Daily: 2007-6-4

6/4/2007
Billy-Ball Daily
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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Top of the 1st
BILLY-BALL’S MAY AWARDS
* Deep in the Bowels of Texas Award goes to the Rangers who lost a team-record 20 games in May.
* The They Were Really Offensive Award goes to the Cleveland Indians who hit .295 with 37 homers while scoring 6.2 runs a game in May.
* The And The Hits Just Keep On Coming Award goes to the Detroit Tigers who had 310 hits in May, the most by a Detroit team in one month since 1982.
* The Big Dead Machine Award goes to the Cincinnati Reds who went 9-21 in May and came out of it 21-34.
* The This May Be Our Year Award goes to the Red Sox who won 20 games in May.
* The This May Not Be Our Year Award goes to the White Sox who won 13 games in May, their second consecutive month at .500.
* The At Least They Are Consistent Award to the Kansas City Royals. May was the 22nd consecutive month that they have not had a winning record. The Royals have not had a month over .500 since July 2003, when they were 15-11.
* The Please Trade Me Award goes to Rangers 1B Mark Teixeira, who in May hit .365 with seven homers and 27 RBIs.
* The May is Beautiful in San Diego Award goes to Mike Cameron, who in 27 games hit safely in 19 while recording 18 runs on 57 total bases and 20 RBIs on 30 hits. He boosted his .192 April batting average to a .288 May average.
* The May is Beautiful in Flushing Award goes to Paul Lo Duca who hit .393.
* The I Spent May Flushing Award goes to Carlos Beltran who hit just .234.
* The He’s Still a Hit Machine Award goes to Ichiro who had 43 hits in May.
* The He’s Still a Strikeout Machine Award goes to Adam Dunn who had 38 Ks in May.
* The He Made Slaw Award goes to Cole Hamels of the Phillies who went 5-1 in May.
* The Police Benevolent Award is shared by BJ Upton and Wily Taveras who were each caught stealing 4 times in May.
* The My Name is Misspelled Award to Kyle Lohse who had five Lohses in May
* The May Pitcher of the Month Award to Jake Peavy of the Padres. Peavy was 4-0 with 34 innings pitched, 39 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.79 with an OBA of .164.
* The Trevor Saves Award to the Padres Trevor Hoffman who appeared in 12 games in May, saved 10 and forgot to give up a run.
* The Robin Roberts Award goes to Jaime Moyer, A.J. Burnett, and Paul Maholm who each gave up nine homers in May.
* The Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun Award goes to Dan uggla, Kevin Youkilis and Magglio Ordonez who each hit 13 doubles in May.
* The Worth a King’s Ransom or At Least His Weight in Gold Award to Prince Fielder who hit 13 homers in May.
* The Former Red Sox Shortstop Award to Hanley Ramirez who stole 10 bases in May.
* The Former Red Sox Shortstop Award to Alex Gonzalez who hit 7 homers in May.
* The Former Red Sox Shortstop Award to Orlando Cabrera who hit .372 in May.
* The I Don’t Want This To Be My Contract Year Award to Andruw Jones who hit .202 in May.
* The I Think He May Catch On Award goes to Jorge Posada who hit .394 in May.
* The Punching Bag Award goes to Aaron Boone who was hit by 7 pitches in May.
* The Steroid Stroller Award goes to Barry B*nds who despite hitting just .194 in May (time for a booster shot?) drew 31 walks in May.

Top of the 2nd
“MINE!”
What did the Red Sox bullpen say as they were catching Alex Rodriguez’ game-winning homer off of Jonathan Papelbon in the 9th inning late last night?

Top of the 3rd
VICTORINO BOBBLES
On Shane Victorino Bobble Head Day, Shane Victorino hit a walk-off homer as the Phillies topped the Giants, 9-8. All children 14 and under in the crowd of 39,293 received a hula figurine of the Hawaiian bornVictorino, “In the dugout, Wes Helms was saying it would be something if I won the game on the day my bobblehead was given out.” Victorino told reporters. “It’s funny how it happened. I got a good pitch and drove it out.”

Top of the 4th
PREMATURE EJECTULATION
* Saturday, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella was suspended indefinitely and fined an undisclosed amount for his tirade against an umpire on Saturday. Piniella bumped the umpire during the incident.
* Tigers manager Jim Leyland and pitcher Justin Verlander were both ejected from Saturday’s game with two outs in the bottom of the 4th inning.
* Dodgers manager Grady Little was ejected for arguing a close call at home plate during the 4th inning of Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh.
* Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was ejected in the 3rd inning of Sunday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Top of the 5th
YOU WILL THANK ME
If you haven’t seen the video of Mississippi Braves manager, Phillip Wellman who was ejected from his game on Friday, June 1, you will thank me when you do.

To see the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUcFWPgB8oY
To thank me: Bill@billy-ball.com

Top of the 6th
BREWERS RACING SAUSAGES UPDATE
Sunday’s Winner: POLISH SAUSAGE
SAUSAGE RACE RESULTS
Bratwurst – 4
Polish Sausage – 8
Italian Sausage – 5
Hot Dog – 12
Chorizo – 5

Top of the 7th
PROBABLE PITCHERS
Away Home Time (ET) Away Probable Home Probable
Giants Phillies 1:05 p.m. Zito (5-5) Lieber (2-3)
Royals Devil Rays 3:10 p.m. Meche (3-4) Shields (4-0)
Marlins Braves 7:05 p.m. Obermueller (1-3) Hudson (6-3)
Dodgers Pirates 7:05 p.m. Lowe (5-5) Maholm (2-7)
Yankees White Sox 7:05 p.m. TBD Garland (3-3)
Cubs Brewers 8:05 p.m. Marquis (5-2) Bush (3-5)
Orioles Mariners 10:05 p.m. Bedard (4-3) Hernandez (3-3)
Red Sox Athletics 10:05 p.m. Tavarez (3-4) Haren (6-2)
Twins Angels 10:05 p.m. Bonser (4-1) Weaver (4-3)

Top of the 8th
DID YOU KNOW?
There are 22 major leaguers who are 40 or older and there are five players on the New York Mets who were not born when teammate Julio Franco, 48, made his major league debut April 23, 1982.

Top of the 9th
CLEMENS REDUX DELAYED
Roger Clemens’ agent, Randy Hendricks, told 1050 ESPN Radio’s Andrew Marchand that the Rocket aims to pitch Saturday against the Pirates at Yankee Stadium. Clemens was scratched from tonight’s start against the Chicago White Sox because of a fatigued right groin. Clemens first experienced the pain during his last minor league outing, for Triple-A Scranton last Monday. Rather than risk additional injury, he decided to be cautious, the Yankees confirmed during Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox. I personally don’t think Clemens should get full pay pitching against the Pirates.

On the other hand, this would be a perfect time for Brian Cashman to pull the plug on this deal.

Bottom of the 9th
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