Billy-Ball Daily: 2009-4-14

4/14/2009
Billy-Ball Daily
Bill Chuck (Billy-Ball his own self)

FROM THE BILL CHUCK FILES…
By Baseball Newstalgist, Bill Chuck

NINE TO KNOW

April 14, 2009 – Here are nine things you need to know in order to talk baseball today.

1. Brand new ballpark – Same old Mets. The New Yawkahs should have kept Seaver on the mound after throwing out the first pitch at Citi Field. Padres win, 6-5.

2. “Born to be Wild” – Orlando Hudson became the ninth player in Dodgers history to hit for the cycle and the first to do it at Dodger Stadium. The last Dodger cycle was by Wes Parker on May 7, 1970 at the late Shea Stadium. Dodgers beat Randy Johnson and the San Francisco Giants, 11-1.

3. Still 0 for 2009 – After losing to the Phils yesterday, 9-8, the Nationals (0-7) will start hearing a lot about the 1988 Orioles (they started 0-21) and the 1962 NY Mets (they won 40 games all season).

4. Dye Konerko hits #600 – Wait I got that wrong, Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko each hit their 300th career homer going back-to-back as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Tigers, 10-6, in Detroit.

5. Wild day in Pittsburgh, Steve Blass honored – The Pirates go over the .500 mark behind Zach Duke and shut out Hapless Houston, 7-0. The Pirates’ staff ERA through seven games is 2.70.

6. Royals’ Grienke make Indians cranky – The Royals go over the .500 mark behind Zack Greinke and shut down the terrible Tribe, 4-2. Greinke has thrown 25 straight scoreless innings.

7. What’s wong with Wang? – After the Rays 15-5 victory over the Yanks, Chien-Ming Wang’s ERA is 28.93. He’s allowed 15 runs on 15 hits in 4.2 innings. Carlos Pena had a grand slam for the winners while Nick Swisher homered and pitched for the losers.

8. It’s like 1996 for the Red Sox – Nomar homers and the team is off to a 2-5 start (the 1996 Sox started 2-12). Dallas Braden and the A’s win 8-2 as Jon Lester,/b> drops to 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA.

9. There’s place like home – Arizona is now 2-5 at Chase Field after the Cards behind homers from Albert Pujols and Brian Barden defeat the Diamondbacks, 2-1.

THREE DOWN IN 2009

It’s been a sad and painful start to the 2009 baseball as baseball has already lost three names from its past, present and future as yesterday we learned of the deaths of Harry Kallas and Mark Fidrych just days after the death of Nick Adenhart.

Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, a brief part of baseball’s past was found dead Monday in an apparent accident at his farm. He was only 54 but burst onto baseball’s scene like a carnival coming into town. “The Bird” got his nickname for his resemblance to “Big Bird” on Sesame Street and his child-like enthusiasm when he pitched for the Detroit Tigers. He was a fun-loving pitcher who in 1976 was the American League Rookie of the Year when he went 19-9 with a 2.34 ERA and 24 complete games. Peter Gammons described him as