MLB Nine to Know: May 16

  1. Red Sox sweep Yankees to reach the .500 mark. Amidst the chaos surrounding Jorge Posada, it should be noted that he is only one piece of the problems of this spiraling team. The Yankees have lost five straight, all at home, and look miserable in all aspects of the game (13 errors in their last 10 games). Meanwhile the Sox got three-run homers over the weekend from Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis (they only had two three-runners all season long), they each hit two homers over the weekend, and David Ortiz and even Jarrod Saltalamacchia, his first Boston homer, slammed one each.The Sox also had quality starts from Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett.
  2. Jays sweep Twins. Bautista goes deep-deep-deep. Jose Bautista hit three homers yesterday and five homers this weekend as the Jays swept the Twins in Minnesota. As Bautista continues his hot hitting, going .415 with 13 homers and 21 RBI over the past 19 games, the Twins keep losing. Minnesota is a shocking 12-26 and have lost 8 of 10, 14 of 20, and 21 of 30. They have hit a total of 18 homers on the season, just two more than Bautista.
  3. Red sweep Cards. Certainly not a lot of great pitching in this series, particularly from St. Louis as they were outscored 22-15 in the three game set. Yesterday, even Chris Carpenter lost to the Reds, something he hadn’t done since June 6, 2006. Then again Carpenter (1-3) has a 4.95 ERA and is not winning many games against anyone. The Reds’ Aroldis Chapman continued his wild streak, walking four in one-third of an inning. He has 20 walks in 13 innings this season and has walked 12 in his last four appearances encompassing 19 batters over 1.1 innings.
  4. Atlanta takes two-of-three from Philly. Three good games from two of the three stellar teams in baseball’s best division, the NL East. The Phils won Friday night, 5-4 thanks in part to a three-run Ryan Howard homer. Saturday, Jair Jurrjens (5-0) beat the Phillies, 5-3, for the second time in a week, following a 5-2 win in Philadelphia last Sunday. Yesterday, he gave up three hits and three runs, two earned, in 7.1 innings. Then yesterday, Dan Uggla hit an 8th inning tie-breaking home run off Roy Halladay and Atlanta beat Philadelphia, 3-2. Halladay (5-3) has lost back-to-back complete games and has a 2.21 ERA
  5. Brewers sweep Pirates. The Brewers beat Pittsburgh three times over the weekend and for the ninth straight time at Miller Park. The Pirates have lost five in a row overall. The Brewers have won 33 of 36 against the Pirates at home since 2007. Sigh.
  6. Big weekend for Mother Nature. Lots of postponements throughout the majors as the country battles miserable weather. The Mariners got in only one of their three scheduled games in Cleveland as they were rained out two games in a row. The Tigers, winners of seven straight, lost their final game of the series to rain against the Royals. The finale of the series between the Giants and Cubs was postponed after the the teams had split the first two games at Wrigley.
  7. Mat Latos finally wins. San Diego Padres ace Mat Latos (1-5), who hadn’t won since Sept. 7, 2010, stopped  his 10 straight losing decisions streak in the Padres victory over the Rockies yesterday, 8-2. The Padres took two of three from the Rockies, who have lost 10 of 13 in May.
  8. J.J. Hardy slams, as Orioles take two-of-three from the Rays. Nice series for the Orioles. Baltimore got complete games from Jeremy Guthrie and Brad Bergesen in the first two games of the series and Jake Arrieta pitched effectively over six innings yesterday in Tampa as the Rays continued their backward season. The Rays are now 10-12 at home and 13-5 on the road. Could be that the Rays just like playing in front of people. For Hardy, it was his third career grand slam and his first since May 12, 2007 while with Milwaukee against the New York Mets.
  9. Marquis having a marquee season. Jason Marquis moved to 5-1 yesterday as the Nationals beat the Marlins, 8-4. Marquis has a 3.54 ERA and is also now hitting .333 after going 2-for-3 yesterday. Javier Vazquez took the loss and is now 2-4 with an ERA of 7.55. He must think he’s still pitching for the Yankees. The Marlins took two-of-three including a beautiful game on Saturday when Anibal Sanchez out-dueled Livan Hernandez, 1-0, thanks to a Mike Stanton 7th inning homer.