Here is your Friday Nine to Know

  1. In 2012, the Diamondbacks were 3-4 in extra inning games; they are 5-0 this season.

  2. What do the Nationals, Mets, Twins, and Tigers have in common? They are all .500 ballclubs.

  3. Last season, the Blue Jays finished with a +68 Rtot, the cumulative defensive metric that reflects the number of runs above or below average that players are worth based on the number of plays made. This season Toronto is -19.

  4. Clay Buchholz is baseball’s first five-game winner, he’s now at 5-0 with a 1.19 ERA. Buchholz has twice had six-winning streaks in his career, 08/19/2009 to 9/24/2009 (1.35 ERA) and 05/02/2011 to 4/14/2012 (2.63 ERA).

  5. The Reds new leadoff batter, Shin-Soo Choo has reached base safely in his first 22 games this season. He has 31 hits, 15 walks, and 10 HBP.

  6. The Pirates took three-of-four from the Phillies in Philadelphia. This gave the Bucs their first series win in Philly since April 4-6, 2003 when they took 2-of-3 at the Vet.

  7. In 1995, the then-Florida Marlins started their season 5-20 before finishing the abbreviated season at 67-76. The 2013 Miami Marlins are now at 5-17 which matches the worst start in franchise history through 22 games since the Fish had the same record in 1995.

  8. The Oakland A’s are 13-10, but it seems less impressive when you realize that they are 11-2 against Seattle, Houston, and the Angels.

  9. Closing with a smile, while I’m happy that Jason Grilli is perfect in nine save opportunities, what should makes us all smile is that Mariano Rivera has seven saves in seven chances.