Good luck today in Arizona, boys – The Rockies are 2-13 on Sundays.
- Plop, plop, fizz, fizz – The Marlins’ Edward Mujica leads all relievers with eight wins in 48.2 innings pitched. It’s taken Felix Hernandez 158 innings to earn his eight wins.
- Trade deadline hangover – The deal that enabled the Red Sox to acquire Victor Martinez from Cleveland keeps looking worse. Justin Masterson has a 2.64 ERA and a 1.196 WHIP for the Tribe, while reliever Nick Hagadone has 31 strikeouts in 29.2 innings and a 1.180 WHIP for Cleveland’s Triple A Columbus Clippers.*
- New Dominican – Tigers’ reliever Al Alburquerque has struck out 51 of the 140 batters he’s faced this season to average 14.4 whiffs per 9 innings. Not only that, but his last name is worth 32 points in Scrabble.
- 20-20 vision – The Padres are 29th in the majors with a .234 batting average and yet this past Wednesday they became the only team in the majors to have two 20-hit games this season.
- 20-20 pain – Yankee Stadium leads the majors as the site of 47 hit batters. The Red Sox lead the majors plunking 55 batters and John Lackey leads with 12 HBP. The White Sox’ Carlos Quentin has already been hit 20 times this season. Since 2000, 33 batters have been hit by 20 or more pitches including Quentin who has been by exactly 20 pitches now in 2008, 2010, and 2011.
- It’s not just steroids that produces small balls -No team plays small ball in the AL more frequently than the Royals who have 36 sac bunts. The Red Sox have the fewest in the majors with just 10. BTW: the Royals lead the majors in singles 641.*
- Hall of Fame Sunday – No pitcher who retired since 1999 has made it yet the Hall of Fame. Dennis Eckersley, who was elected in 2004, is the most recent mounds man having pitched in 1998. In 2013, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling are both eligible.
- Game over! – The Braves’ Craig Kimbrel has 19 game-ending strikeouts this season to lead the majors. BoSox’ Jonathan Papelbon leads the AL with 17.