Nine to Know: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Click while reading: The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The Good

  1. What a game, what a road trip for the Texas Rangers. They topped the Tigers, 3-2 in 11 innings on Alberto Gonzalezfoul bunt off his leg (don’t ask) and took three-of-four from the Tigers and finished their trip winning eight of nine outscoring the home team, 63-24, and at 13-3 are by far the best team in baseball. The Texas bullpen yesterday pitched four scoreless innings allowing only a single base hit. This was only the 10th time the Rangers ever went at least 11 innings without issuing a walk. The last time was 5/3/2006 when they went 12 walkless innings against the O’s.
  2. It has been 7,983 games in their existence for the Mets for one of their pitchers throwing a no-hitter. Congrats to the White Sox’ Phillip Humber, the former Met, who tossed one Saturday against the Mariners (yes, it still counts against them!). Humber joins Nolan Ryan who pitched seven, Tom Seaver (Cincinnati Reds), Mike Scott (Houston Astros), Dwight Gooden (New York Yankees), David Cone (Yankees), Hideo Nomo (Boston Red Sox) as Mets who pitched no-no’s elsewhere.
  3. The Jays and the Yankees are tied for the top slot in AL East at 9-6 after Ricky Romero moved to 3-0, Brett Lawrie stole home and drove in two runs and the Jays topped Kansas City (more on them in a moment), 5-3.

The Bad

  1. The Angels are in last place already seven games back in the AL West.
  2. The Phils have scored 43 runs all season, but that’s still 13 more than the Pirates. The 73 combined runs for these two teams would put them in third place in NL behind the Cardinals’ 82 runs and the Braves’ 91 runs.
  3. Yes, he’s hitting .246, but uh-oh Adam Dunn has whiffed 24 times, the most in the majors.

The Ugly

  1. The Royals have lost 10 straight at home and have been outscored 36-60 at home.
  2. Francisco Liriano of the Twins went five innings, allowing five runs, three hits and four walks. He is now 0-3 aand has surrendered 22 runs, 25 hits and 13 walks in 16.1 innings this season giving him an 11.02 ERA.
  3. Albert Pujols went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts to drop to .246 and still has no homers in his first 16 Angels’ games and those  65 at-bats is the longest drought from the start of a season in his career. Pujols has only four RBI to go along with his .654 OPS.


Special love to the Nationals and Dodgers. Last week, the great Bob Ryan picked them for the NLCS.