Did you get a tie for Father’s Day? My girls know that while I respect my readers I do not need a tie to write Billy-Ball.
Here are some interesting ties for today:
- Who will be the first pitcher to win 10 games? Cole Hamels, CC Sabathia, Roy Halladay, Jake Arrieta, Justin Verlander, Jon Lester, Jered Weaver, Max Scherzer, and Jair Jurrjens are all tied for the MLB lead with nine wins each.
- Who will be the first pitcher to lose 10 games? Fausto Carmona, Jeremy Guthrie, Madison Bumgarner, Clayton Richard, and J.A. Happ are all tied with MLB lead with nine losses.
- I think that all three of these teams are happy with their 40-34 records: Arizona, St. Louis, and Tampa Bay. But I don’t think either the Angels or the White Sox are pleased that they are 36-39.
- I think that both the Pirates and the Nationals are thrilled that they are 36-37 even happier than the Mariners and the Rockies who have a better record at 37-36.
- Paul Konerko homered yesterday which means that he is now tied with Curtis Granderson, Jose Bautista, and Mark Teixeira for the AL (and major league) lead in homers with 21. Prince Fielder and Matt Kemp are tied for the NL lead in homers with 20.
- Maybe its the Texas water but the Rangers’ Colby Lewis and the Astros’ Brett Myers lead their respective leagues in gopher balls with 19.
- Ichiro Suzuki and Starlin Castro lead their respective leagues in singles. They are tied with 69.
- Carl Pavano, Jeff Francis, and Chris Carpenter all are tied for the most hits allowed by a pitcher this season with 113.
- They are similar in many ways and often compared with one another. They are an integral part of the Boston/New York rivalry and now Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury are tied for the major league lead having each been caught stealing 10 times.