Eleven

Perhaps you remember this conversation from the movie This is Spinal Tap about their amps:

  • Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and…
  • Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
  • Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
  • Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?
  • Nigel Tufnel: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
  • Marty DiBergi: I don’t know.
  • Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
  • Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
  • Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
  • Marty DiBergi: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
  • Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

Today we crank Billy-Ball up to eleven. Here’s your Nine to Know:

1. It may not have been Justin Verlander‘s best performance, but it was good enough to slow down the rampaging Mets. Verlander picked up win #11 as he went seven solid holding the Mets to one run and seven hits, striking out six and walking two in a 5-2 win. Verlander is 11-3 with a 2.32 ERA and a WHIP of 0.862. In June, Verlander was 6-0 with an 0.92 ERA and a WHIP of 0.714.

2. Sometimes you wonder whether the big man gets enough attention. Yesterday, CC Sabathia tied a career high by striking out 13 in 7.2 innings and led the Yankees to a 5-0 win. Sabathia is now 11-4 with a 3.05 ERA and a WHIP of 1.211. In June, CC was 5-1 with a 3.20 ERA. With all the talk about Verlander, Lee, Halladay, Lincecum, Hernandez and Lester, over the last three seasons nobody wins like Sabathia.

Rk Player W GS CG SHO L W-L% IP H R ER BB SO ERA
1 CC Sabathia 51 86 5 1 19 .729 597.1 531 239 214 173 500 3.22
2 Roy Halladay 48 82 23 8 23 .676 617.0 580 191 176 81 550 2.57
3 Justin Verlander 48 86 11 3 21 .696 600.0 497 225 211 163 618 3.17
4 Jon Lester 44 81 4 0 21 .677 521.2 451 205 194 186 555 3.35
5 Felix Hernandez 40 86 10 2 24 .625 617.1 506 215 177 183 573 2.58
6 Bronson Arroyo 39 82 5 2 29 .574 533.0 515 254 241 146 307 4.07
7 Adam Wainwright 39 67 6 2 19 .672 463.1 402 143 130 122 425 2.53
8 Jered Weaver 38 84 7 4 24 .613 558.2 470 202 190 148 513 3.06
9 Ubaldo Jimenez 37 81 7 3 27 .578 530.2 431 211 199 216 490 3.38
10 Tim Lincecum 37 82 6 4 23 .617 550.0 454 197 181 184 614 2.96
11 David Price 37 71 2 1 19 .661 455.0 391 189 171 155 406 3.38
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3. There have been five #11 retired by different teams: Carl Hubbell of the Giants, Jim Fregosi of the Angels, Paul Waner of the Pirates, Luis Aparicio of the White Sox (But, see item #4), and this past week, Sparky Anderson‘s #11 was finally retired by the Tigers.

4. Omar Vizquel was given permission and blessings from his hero Luis Aparicio to wear #11 with the White Sox. Other #11 include Robert Andino of the Orioles, (pitcher) Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox, Jose Lopez of the Marlins, Jason Bourgeois of the Astros, Ben Revere of the Twins, Ruben Tejada of the Mets, Brett Gardner of the Yankees, Landon Powell of the A’s, Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies, Brad Hawpe of the Padres, Casey Kotchman of the Rays, Rajai Davis of the Jays, and Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals.

5. Benito Santiago and Lou Piniella each had four seasons in which they hit 11 homers.

6. Here are the players with 11 homers this season:

Rk Player HR Tm G PA AB R H RBI BB SO BA
1 Mitch Moreland 11 TEX 71 264 237 35 68 24 23 47 .287
2 Ian Kinsler 11 TEX 77 354 295 55 71 30 50 35 .241
3 Andrew McCutchen 11 PIT 78 346 293 47 82 41 45 59 .280
4 Jeff Francoeur 11 KCR 78 334 303 36 79 47 19 62 .261
5 Carlos Santana 11 CLE 75 317 257 36 58 36 54 61 .226
6 Drew Stubbs 11 CIN 81 365 330 55 84 32 31 111 .255
7 Joey Votto 11 CIN 81 365 298 54 95 50 62 65 .319
8 Jonny Gomes 11 CIN 65 234 191 30 43 31 34 63 .225
9 Kevin Youkilis 11 BOS 74 319 260 46 70 55 47 61 .269
10 J. J. Hardy 11 BAL 51 220 197 30 60 30 19 34 .305

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7. Bob Forsch, Burt Hooten, Don Sutton, Carl Hubbell, Clnt Brown, and Red Ames each had four 11-win seasons.

8. These Hall of Famers had multiple seasons of stealing 11 bases:

Rk Yrs From To
1 Charlie Gehringer 3 1934 1937
2 Tony Lazzeri 3 1932 1935
3 Kirby Puckett 2 1989 1991
4 Joe Gordon 2 1938 1939
5 Earle Combs 2 1928 1931
6 George Sisler 2 1925 1928
7 Ray Schalk 2 1919 1925
8 Harry Heilmann 2 1917 1927
9 Casey Stengel 2 1916 1918
10 Roger Bresnahan 2 1905 1909
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9. Juan Pierre, Shin-Soo Choo, Roger Bernadina, Cameron Maybin, and Orlando Hudson each have stolen 11 bases this season.

Let’s crank this Nine to 11!

10. On 5/24/1936 Yankee Tony Lazzari had 11 RBI in a game. The feat was repeated by Phil Weintraub (sounds like a dentist, no?) of the NY Giants on 4/30/1944.

11. Randy Johnson in 1999 and then again in 2000 had nine 11 strikeout games. here are your pitchers who have had 11-strikeout games this season:

Rk Player Year # W L W-L% CG SHO IP H ER HR BB
1 Clayton Kershaw 2011 3 3 0 1.000 2 1 25.0 11 2 1 3
2 Jordan Zimmermann 2011 1 0 0 0 0 6.1 5 3 1 2
3 Anibal Sanchez 2011 1 1 0 1.000 0 0 7.0 2 0 0 0
4 Bud Norris 2011 1 1 0 1.000 0 0 7.2 3 0 0 3
5 Ricky Nolasco 2011 1 0 0 0 0 7.0 6 2 0 2
6 Colby Lewis 2011 1 0 1 .000 1 0 8.0 8 3 1 1
7 Jon Lester 2011 1 1 0 1.000 0 0 7.0 6 1 1 1
8 Cliff Lee 2011 1 1 0 1.000 0 0 7.0 4 3 1 0
9 Felix Hernandez 2011 1 1 0 1.000 0 0 7.0 5 1 0 2
10 Ryan Dempster 2011 1 1 0 1.000 0 0 6.0 6 2 0 1
11 Matt Cain 2011 1 1 0 1.000 1 0 9.0 5 1 0 1
12 Madison Bumgarner 2011 1 1 0 1.000 0 0 7.0 6 1 0 1
13 Chad Billingsley 2011 1 0 0 0 0 8.0 3 0 0 2
14 Brandon Beachy 2011 1 1 0 1.000 0 0 6.0 4 1 1 2
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