Billy-Ball Daily: 2008-8-1

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Top of the 1st
By Baseball Newstalgist, Bill Chuck

Here’s a 25-fact roster for you.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Speaking of baseball…
1. In future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr.’s last game with the Cincinnati Reds, on July 30th, he went 1 for 5 with his last hit being a three-run homer. In his last at bat he popped out to shortstop.
2. In future Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez’s last game with the Detroit Tigers, on July 28th, he went 0 for 3. In his last at bat he struck out swinging.
3. In future Hall of Famer Manny Ramirez’s last game with the Boston Red Sox, on July 30th, he went 0 for 3. In his last at bat he flied out to center.
4. There have now been 2,002 regular-season games between the Yankees and the Red Sox since Yankees moved to New York (from Baltimore) in 1903. The Sox record is 896-1092.
5. Speaking of the Yankees and the Red Sox, the Sox play their final series at the Stadium on August 26-28. The Yankees and Sox end their season at Fenway, September 26-28. Don’t you think MLB could have found a way to have switched that around?
6. From the oven – Hall of Famer Frank “Home Run” Baker had a career high 12 homers in 1913. Current Rockies utilityman Jeff Baker has nine homers this season and the Marlins’ catcher John Baker has three homers this season. Twins pitcher Scott Baker has never homered. Reds’ manager Dusty Baker hit 30 homers in 1977 for the Dodgers.
7. Why is White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen’s boat called “The Four O’s”? He and his 3 sons first name all start with “O”. Oh.
8. From 1989 to 1998 future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson struck out 2,162 batters while a member of the Seattle Mariners. Johnson has 2,005 strikeouts over two stints with the Diamondbacks. Nolan Ryan recorded 2,416 K’s with the Angels and had 1,866 with the Astros.
9. In case you haven’t noticed, Alex Rodriguez leads the AL in batting.
10. Evan Longoria leads all rookies in homers, extra base hits, OPS and is second in RBI.
11. Trademates Mark Teixeira and Casey Kotchman each have made only two errors this season while playing first base for the Brangels.
12. Mark Buehrle leads all pitchers in inducing batters to hit into double plays this season followed by Aaron Cook and Jon Lester.
13. On the other side of the ledger, nobody has grounded into more DP’s this season than Derrek Lee, followed by Vlad Guerrero and Adrian Gonzalez.
14. Not that it matters any longer (or perhaps ever) but Manny Ramirez had no sac flies for the Sox this season.
15. Of all the catchers who play regularly, Oakland’s Kurt Suziki has the lowest CERA (Catcher’s ERA). Ramon Hernandez has the worst.
16. Tampa Bay and Cleveland are the only teams with four complete-game shutouts this season.
17. Something’s gotta give – Corey Patterson either needs to gain some poundage or hit better in order to be sure he hits his weight this season. Currently its .183 versus 180 lbs.
18. The aging of catchers – only 20 times have catchers have hit 15 or more homers after they turned 35 with Pudge Fisk achieving it seven times.
19. One of the key stats for a relief pitcher is WHIP (Walks Hits Innings Pitched), the remarkable (and Cy Young Award candidate) Mariano Rivera has a WHIP of 0.68 to lead all relievers. He’s averaging 14.25 strikeouts per every walk his has surrendered.
20. Ten-game winner Justin Duchscherer leads all starters with a 0.94 WHIP. As a frame of reference, 11-game winner Daisuke Matsuzaka has a 1.38 WHIP.
21. Every season since 1988 Greg Maddux has won at least 13 games, that streak is going to end this season as he only has four wins.
22. Right now Ryan Braun is my NL MVP pick, and if he does win it, he’ll join Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard, Seattle’s Ichiro, Baltimore’s Cal Ripken Jr., and Boston’s Freddie Lynn as the only players to win both the Rookie of the Year Award and the MVP.
23. The Cardinals lead the majors having played in 39 one-run games and (they only played in just 36 last season) their record is 21-18.
24. Lots of smoke, no fire – Everybody was talking about getting the Rockies’ Brian Fuentes in a trade, nobody did. Fuentes earlier this week recorded his 103rd career save, becoming the Rockies’ all-time franchise saves leader and joined Mariano Rivera-Yanks, Jeff Montgomery-Royals, Bobby Thigpen-White Sox, Danny Graves- Reds, John Smoltz-Braves, Bob Stanley-BoSox and Kazuhiro Sasaki-Mariners, as the only franchise saves leaders to record all of his career saves with the same team.
25. Through July, the Dodgers are 13th in the National League in runs scored…and rounding third here comes Manny.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Top of the 2nd
Jim Edmonds hit two homers, including a grand slam, and the Chicago Cubs finished off a four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with an 11-4 rout. Alfonso Soriano and Kosuke Fukudome also homered for the Cubs, who swept four games from the Brewers for the first time since 2003. Rich Harden (1-1) picked up his first NL win, giving up a run and six hits in seven innings with nine strikeouts. He has yet to allow more than one run in any of his four starts since being traded to the Cubs.

Edmonds is hitting .277 with 12 homers in 155 at-bats as a member of the Cubs.

Top of the 3rd
In the AL, it’s Tampa Bay, Chicago, Angels and Boston.
In the NL, it’s Philadelphia, Chicago, Arizona and Milwaukee.

Top of the 4th
“It’s really weird,” Dodger manager Joe Torre said of being united with Manny Ram