Billy-Ball Daily: 2009-5-4

5/4/2009
Billy-Ball Daily
Bill Chuck (Billy-Ball his own self)

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

NINE TO KNOW

May 4, 2009 – Here are nine things you need to know in order to talk baseball today.

1. Crawford robs `em blind – Carl Crawford treated the Red Sox as if he was Bernie Madoff and they were multi-millionaires that they are. Crawford tied the major league record going six for six stealing bases as Tampa Bay defeated the Red Sox, 5-2 to take 3 of 4 in the series. Talk about: Overall the Rays stole 8 bases; it’s a good thing that Jason Varitek can hit.

2. Seattle tops A’s in 13 – The Mariners were down 3-0 in the 1st and 7-4 in the 13th; no prob, they topped the A’s 8-7 in the 15th. Talk about:Mike Sweeney who hit his first homer for the M’s and the 200th of his career. Sweeney was cut by the A’s last fall. Sweeney’s 200 homers tie him with Oscar Gamble, Don Mincher, and Bill Freehan.

3. Giants can’t score anything but wins – Barry Zito pitched seven innings of two-hit shutout ball and got a no-decision, because no team has scored fewer runs than the Giants (and have scored 77 fewer runs than the Blue Jays) but on this day the Rockies couldn’t even score once in 10 innings as San Fran wins 1-0 in 10. Talk about: Catcher Steve Holm, who scored the winning run and got his first hit of the year at any level. Holm is now 1 for 3 with the Giants after going 0 for 18 for the Fresno Grizzlies.

4. Lots of good numbers for the Dodgers – Let’s start with LA’s 7-3 victory over the Padres which moves Chad Billingsley to 5-0 as he won his ninth straight decision. The Dodgers set a team record as they are now 10-0 at home. Talk about: Joe Torre’s Dodgers equaled the home start of the 2003 Royals. The bench coach for Tony Pena’s Royals that year, that went 11-0, was Bob Schaefer who is Torre’s bench coach this year. Wait, it gets better. The last NL team to start 10-0 at home was the 1983 Atlanta Braves managed by none other than Joe Torre.

5. Shutout city – The Reds topped the Pirates, 5-0, behind Johnny Cueto’s eight scoreless innings. Cueto now has a 1.65 ERA. Talk about: The Reds now have a major league-leading five shutouts and three in their last four games. Meanwhile, the Pirates have been shut out in three of their last four games. The Reds had six team shutouts last season.

6. Good game, eh? – Scott Richmond is making Canada proud. The Jays number five starter is now 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA after he shutdown the (W)O’s 4-3 to complete a three -game sweep and send Baltimore to its sixth straight defeat. The Orioles have lost 14 of 17. Talk about: Richmond was born in North Vancouver, BC.

7. Back-to-back jacks put the Brewers in the black – Prince Fielder and Mike Cameron hit Milwaukee’s first back-to-back homers of the season to lead their team to a 4-3 victory over Arizona. Brewers starter Dave Bush gave up solo homers to Mark Reynolds, Justin Upton and Miguel Montero in the 7th. Talk about: The Diamondbacks, who are hitting a major league low .229.

8. More is less – Cliff Lee lost his fourth game of the season falling 3-1 to Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers. The Indians are this year’s Tigers.Talk about: Lee (1-4), who has already lost more games this season than he did last year, when he went 22-3.

9. Here’s something to talk about all season long: Every now and then check to see how multi-communities are doing. For example:

In Los Angeles, the Dodgers are 18-8, while the Angels are 10-13.

In Florida, the Marlins are 14-11, while the Rays are 11-15.

In Chicago, the Cubs are 13-11, while the White Sox are 12-12.

In New York, the Yankees are 13-11, while the Mets are 10-13.

In Ohio, the Reds are 13-11, while the Indians are 9-16.

By the Bay, the Giants are 12-11, while the A’s are 9-13.

In Texas, the Rangers are 12-12, while the Astros are 11-14.

In Balto-Wash, the Orioles are 9-16, while the Nationals are 6-17.

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Bill Chuck is the creator of Billy-Ball.com (www.Billy-Ball.com) and, with Jim Kaplan, is the author of the book, “Walk-Offs, Last Licks, and Final Outs – Baseball’s Grand (and not so Grand) Finales,” with a Foreword by Jon Miller, published by ACTA Sports, and available worldwide.

Bill Chuck is available for radio appearances, and writing for print or the web: Bill@billy-ball.com or 617-566-2784.

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