AROUND THE HORN
… Mark Marquess, on May 14, joined Augie Garrido (2,935 games), Gordie Gillespie (2,846), Mike Martin (2,679) and Gene Stephenson (2,515) as the only college baseball head coaches to manage at least 2,500 games; Marquess, the head coach at Stanford, is retiring at the end of this season after a run of 41 years at the helm of the Cardinal and having compiled a record of 1,619-876-7 through Thursday.
… The Rangers ran off five straight wins (May 11-14) that were decided in the seventh inning or later; the 2013 Giants were the last team in the bigs to win five straight in the seventh or later.
… According to the stat tracking service Inside Edge, the Pirates led the majors through Thursday with a 37.5 percent success rate in hit-and-run plays; conversely, the A’s, Astros, Mets, Red Sox and Twins had all yet to execute a successful hit-and-run in 2017.
… Former A.L. umpire and MLB umpire supervisor Steve Palermo passed away at the age of 67 in Overland Park, Kansas, on May 14; Palermo’s on-field umpiring career was cut short when he was shot in the back while trying to help a robbery victim in 1991 but he continued his career as a supervising umpire and was one of the principals involved in preparing the first MLB Umpire Manual.
… Journeyman outfielder Dan Robertson became the first Indians player to wear the number 99 when he was called up from the minors on Sunday; the only other Indians player to wear 99 was a fictional one, Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in the movie “Major League.”
… The Astros started the 2017 season by going 28-12 and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, three of the last four teams to begin a season with that mark went on to win the World Series (the 2005 White Sox, 2007 Red Sox and 2016 Cubs); the only team that did not translate such a fast start into a World Series win was the 2010 Rays.
… The Indians bullpen has posted a 1.04 ERA since April 20 (a span of 24 games) to lower its relief mark to 1.90, the lowest in the majors through Thursday.
… The Mariners led the majors in scoring first having done so in 69 percent of their games through Thursday; however, getting a jump has not translated to success with the M’s in fourth place in the A.L. West and a 20-22 mark.
… When starters Bronson Arroyo of the Reds and John Lackey of the Cubs matched up on Tuesday, they broke their own record of 791 combined starts for opposing starters; their combined total on Tuesday was 799.
… Currently, starter Bartolo Colon of the Braves is the only active major-leaguer who played in the Astrodome; when Adrian Beltre of the Rangers comes off the DL, there will be two active players who played in the defunct Houston venue.
… Rangers ace Yu Darvish reached 50 wins in the majors in the second fewest games of any Asian-born pitcher when he registered a victory against the Phillies on Tuesday; the Japanese-born Darvish needed just 109 games to reach the milestone with only Chien-Ming Wang of Taiwan needing fewer (87).
… Luis Severino of the Yankees, through Thursday, led all starters in the bigs this season with the fastest average pitch at 92.9 mph (minimum 500 pitches) while R.A. Dickey of the Braves had the slowest average at 77.5 mph; among relievers, Trevor Rosenthal of the Cardinals had the highest average at 97.1 mph (minimum of 200 pitches) while Brad Ziegler of the Marlins had the lowest at 79.1.
… Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports notes that Reds rookie pitcher Austin Brice is the first player born in Hong Kong to reach the majors.
… According to stat wiz Doug Kern, Mariners reliever Tony Zych, who’s last on the all-time alphabetical roster of major-leaguers, recorded his first career save on Monday.
… Through Thursday, the A’s had used a different lineup in each of their last 36 games and manager Bob Melvin had unveiled 39 different lineups in the club’s first 41 contests.
… Marlins pitchers lead the majors having given up 10 bases-loaded walks this season.
… Astros ace Dallas Keuchel, through Thursday, had converted a major-league leading 35.5% of double play opportunities into double plays (11 of 31) among pitchers with at least 25 DP opp’s this season.
… Since May 3, Buster Posey had struck out just once in 53 plate appearances.
… According to Bill Chuck of Billy-Ball.com, Jered Weaver has seen his ERA increase every season since he posted a 2.41 mark in 2011; the Padres starter posted a 2.81 ERA in 2012, 3.27 in 2013, 3.59 in 2014, 4.64 in 2015, 5.06 in 2016 and has a 6.05 mark so far this season.
… A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso, through Thursday, had beaten shifts 65.4 percent (17-for-26) of the time this season to lead the majors.
… The Brewers are the only major-league team that’s in the top three for both homers and stolen bases.
… The Giants’ 17-inning victory against the Reds on May 12 began a five-game win streak for the club and improved their chances of playing in a division playoff series from 3.7 to 8.0 percent.
… Austin Bibens-Dirkx finally made his debut with the Rangers on Wednesday night, 10 days after being called up; the only Rangers callup that waited longer to make his debut was pitcher Kevin Brown who cooled his heels for 25 days on the big-league roster before making his debut in 1986.
… After Thursday’s win, the Brewers were six games over .500 for the first time since September 17, 2014, when they were 79-73.
… Tuesday marked the 52nd anniversary of the releases of Bob Dylan‘s “Blonde on Blonde” album and the Beach Boys‘ “Pet Sounds” LP.
… On Tuesday night, center fielder Mike Trout of the Angels joined Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews and Mel Ott as the only big-leaguers to record 600 runs, 500 RBIs and 500 walks prior to their age-26 campaign.
… The St. Paul Saints of the independent American Association named their new mascot, a live pig, “Alternative Fats.”
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