Nine to Know: Hard to believe edition

  1. Carlos Gonzalez became the fifth player with at least three homers in a game this season matching the totals for 2007 and 2008

    It’s hard to believe that the Seattle Mariners topped the Texas Rangers last night, 21-8, one night after defeating the Rangers 10-3. The Mariners had back-to-back eight-run innings in the 2nd and 3rd. The 21 runs are the most scored in a game this season, topping the Rangers and Rockies, who have each scored 18 runs.

  2. It’s hard to believe that there is just a 2.5 game differential between the AL East leading Baltimore Orioles, losers of five straight, and the last place Boston Red Sox, winners of seven of 10 and 14-of-20. Each team in both the AL and NL East is now at least two games over the .500 mark and all the teams, except for the Mets (-24) are in the plus run differential category. It’s hard to believe that the more Red Sox who are injured, the better the team plays.
  3. It’s hard to believe that the May Giancarlo Stanton outhomered the April Giancarlo Stanton, 12-1. Stanton hit his 12th home run of the month last night to tie the franchise record for a single month. Stanton hit .343 in May after hitting .247 in April. The Marlins completed a three-game sweep of the first-place Washington Nationals, 5-3.
  4. On the subject of the Marlins, it’s hard to believe that their April 8-14 (.364) record was followed by a franchise record 21-8 (.724) record in May, best in the majors.
  5. It’s not hard to believe that the Twins shut out the Oakland A’s yesterday 4-0 behind Francisco Liriano because the A’s are hitting a hard to believe .210 on the season. The lowest team BA the A’s have had in their franchise history is .223 in 1908.
  6. After defeating the Rays yesterday 4-3, it’s hard to believe that the White Sox have won eight straight, are in first place, and are 29-22 the same record as the Orioles and Rays and just two behind Texas for the best record in the AL.
  7. It’s hard to believe that a team batting .218 can have a .500 record, but the Pirates have both after topping the Reds yesterday, 2-1. The Bucs have the worst batting average in the NL, but the third best ERA in the NL at 3.25. Only Washington (3.03) and LA (3.14) have a better team ERA.
  8. It’s hard to believe that Melky Cabrera finished May with 51 hits, matching Randy Winn‘s San Francisco record for most hits in a month, set in September 2005. The Melk Man was 51-for-119 (.429) for the month. Mike Trout, who is off to good start, has been up 119 times this season and has 36 hits and a .303 avg.
  9. It’s hard to believe that Jamie Moyer lasted this long. The 49-year-old Moyer was designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies yesterday but said he still had hopes of continuing his career. His immediate plan was to return home and attend a son’s high school graduation. Moyer was 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA and a horrible 1.733 WHIP. He also gave up 11 homers in 53.2 innings. In 1946, Bob Feller allowed 11 homers in 371.1 innings.