The Billy-Ball Nine to Know for May 14

  1. There have been 17 times this season that the final score of a game was 6-2. This was the score in three different games on Thursday and in each of the three games this weekend in the Yankees/Mariners series (thank you Ken Levine).
  2. Derek Jeter leads the majors this season with 54 hits. He now has 3142 hits, tying him for 16th place on the career list with Robin Yount, next up: Paul Waner 3152 and then George Brett, 3154.
  3. Since his homer, Albert Pujols is 3-for-14 (all singles).
  4. Josh Harrison had a walkoff single for the Pirates yesterday in the 12th inning to give the Bucs a 3-2 win over the Astros. Pittsburgh completed a 5-4 homestand in which it scored 23 runs, an average of 2.6 per game. They allowed 28 runs, an average of 3.1 per game.
  5. There have been 741 home runs hit this season, 19 grand slams, 11 walkoffs, and now three walkoff grand slams. Brandon Inge hit the first one on May 8 and yesterday, Giancarlo Stanton and Joey Votto each hit one. The last time there were two in a day was on April 10, 1998 when Mo Vaughn connected for Boston and Steve Finley did it for San Diego.
  6. Last season, nine players hit three homers in a game, this season Joey Votto and Curtis Granderson have done it and Josh Hamilton went deep for four.
  7. Fernando Rodney and Jonathan Papelbon each picked up his 10th save of the season yesterday.
  8. For those of you who are worried about Roy Halladay‘s 3-3 start (3.20 ERA), might I point out that in 2008 Doc started out 2-4 (3.26) for the Jays and ended the season with a record of 20-11 and a 2.78 ERA.
  9. All the teams in baseball are now in double figures in the win column after the Twins topped Jays yesterday, 4-3, to move to 10-24 on the season. For those of you keeping track, it was 1982 when the Twins went 60-102, their only season with over a hundred losses since the franchise moved to the Twin Cities. The 1904 Washington Senators, the Twins great-great-grandfathers, went 38-113-6.