Daily Roundup, 06/07/11

Today was not that interesting, sadly. But there was still stuff~

– The Mariners, who were red-hot, have lost the last two games with Pineda and Felix starting.
— They lost to the White Sox.

– Jorge Posada had his first hit off a lefty in 2011.
— Actually, he had two hits off a lefty, and one hit off Jonathan Papelbon, who was throwing 97 MPH. Posada, who hasn’t exactly been known for his BA this year, went 3-for-3.
— Those hits off a lefty were off… Jon Lester.
—- …who has a WHIP of 2.00 in his last thirty innings.
—– one of those hits was an infield hit.
—— Posada didn’t even start the game.
——- Freddy Garcia had the second-shortest start of his entire career tonight. The shortest was last year – against Oakland.

– Making his MLB debut, Brad Hand of the Marlins gave up one hit to the Braves.
— Braves starter Tommy Hanson walked five in six innings.
— You see where this is going. The Marlins lost, and Hand got the loss.

– Both the Reds and Cubs had ten hits.
— Reds 8, Cubs 2.
— Miguel Cairo grand slam!!
—- Edinson Volquez didn’t give up a first inning run.

– Edinson Volquez wasn’t the only one making his triumphant return from the DL. Vin Mazzaro did too. He gave up 6 ER in 5 IP and his ERA went down.

– The Tigers and Rangers, who have a very good pitching staff, have played two games. The Tigers have 38 hits.
— They’ve won more series in 2011 than they did in all of 2010.

– Cleveland, who has really struggled lately, scored only one run today…
— and won.
— if it’s against the Twins, does it really count?

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A Reflection on Drafts, Sort Of

Today was kind of a dull day, and I feel like doing some draft-related stuff instead of the roundup (summary: John Danks finally got a win, and Jose Bautista still hasn’t homered), so here is a sort of unconventional Daily Roundup. Wootah.

– By the top ten picks in the draft, here’s how many are in the Hall of Fame:
#1: 0 (!!! This will change, though; Griffey, Chipper, and A-Rod were all #1 overall)
#2: 1, Reggie Jackson.
#3: 2, Paul Molitor and Robin Yount.
#4: 1, Dave Winfield. (Barry Larkin was also a #4 overall, however)
#5: 0. Horrible bust JD Drew is only 3 WAR behind Dwight Gooden for best #5 overall pick ever, by the way.
#6: 0 (Derek Jeter and Barry Bonds were both #6 overall. So was Gary Sheffield.)
#7: 0 (though Frank Thomas is just waiting for the call)
#8: 0
#9: 0
#10: 0
So of all the top ten picks overall, in the history of the draft (which “only” goes back to 1965, but that’s still a pretty long time), only four have gone to the Hall of Fame. I feel quite confident saying Jeter, Griffey, and Thomas will almost certainly go in, and the others I mentioned here should too, though they might find some issues with ROIDZ! or what have you. (the already-eliminated-from-the-ballot Kevin Brown was #4 overall too. Mark McGwire was #10.) Even when those guys are voted in, however, those numbers are still shockingly low to me.

Along these lines, a random factoid: The best ever 45th overall pick, by bWAR, is Gerald Laird. By comparison, the picks right by that are pretty good. 46 has Rolen and Rollins. 47, Glavine. 48? Cal Ripken Jr. 49 is Beltran, and 50 has Eckersley, Dunn, and Leiter. But #45? Gerald Laird.

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Daily Roundup, 06/05/11

– Jose Bautista has not hit a home run in a week O_O
— Albert Pujols hit another home run today – another walk-off home run, to boot.
— on the first day of June, Pujols was hitting .267/.336/.419. He’s now hitting .278/.353/.473.
—- with Pujols at the plate in the bottom of the tenth and the score tied, the Cubs went to… Rodrigo Lopez. (It did not work.)
—– Pujols still has 16 GIDP to lead MLB, but at least Torii Hunter tied him today.

– The Giants got their first hit in their game against the Rockies in the sixth inning.
— Miguel Tejada got that hit.
— the Giants won.
—- Mostly thanks to Ryan Vogelsong. Juan Marichal never had a run of six straight starts where he gave up one earned run or less. Tim Lincecum hasn’t done it. Vogelsong now has.
—– Vogelsong has enough innings to qualify for stats leaderboards now. His 1.68 ERA trails only Josh Johnson’s.

– Brett Anderson has given up 14 ER in his last two starts.
— Remember how he hadn’t given up XBH to lefties since 2009, prior to his last start? Errr, yeah. Today he gave up home runs to Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford.

– Ryan Raburn grand slam.
— That’s actually his third career grand slam.
— This happened in the Tigers/White Sox game, where Jake Peavy threw three perfect innings – then gave up six runs in the fourth.

– The Reds are only one game ahead of the Pirates.
— Maybe because the former gave up twenty runs to the Dodgers in two games.
— Chad Billingsley HR!

– In a four game series with the Rays, who can pitch, the Mariners scored seven, seven, two, and nine runs, and won three of four.

– The Twins swept a four game series! The Twins swept a four game series!!!

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Daily Roundup, 06/04/11

– It’s June 4. The Twins just won their first series of the year.
— It was against the Royals. They won their first series in Yankee Stadium since 1999 earlier this year, and then have gone 5-15 since. What’s momentum precious?

– Wackiness in Boston. The As scored eight runs in a game Josh Beckett started against them.
— They had Trevor Cahill going for their side, and they lost.
— They rallied from four runs down in the ninth against Jonathan Papelbon. His ERA is 4.32… yikes.
—- He also got ejected. Right after he threw a strike… that was called a strike.
—– Jason Varitek was ejected a couple of plays earlier in the same inning.
—— the pitcher the Red Sox walked off against wasn’t Brian Fuentes, who pitched two scoreless innings.

– the Padres are 11-21 at home, and they just won two games in a row at home for the first time this year.
— this is still a better winning percentage at home than the Twins have.

– The Mets beat Jair Jurrjens.
— This despite Dan Uggla’s first extra base hit since May 15.
— Good lord, has Dan Uggla been awful.

– The Phillies gave up a home run to Brandon Wood.
— and lost to the Pirates.
— they’re 12-32 all time at PNC Park.

– h/t @mikeaxisa, Bobby Abreu had a 64 OPS+ against LHP coming into tonight’s game. He was on base four times.
— the opposing lefty was CC Sabathia.
— the Angels lost anyway.
—- Mariano Rivera threw one pitch for a save.
—– h/t the awesome @sammillerocr, this was the second one-pitch save of Mariano’s career, and the 166th in baseball history.

– The Indians lost again, at home. Bizarro YCPB.
— a CGSHO by Derek Holland, who had a 4.96 ERA entering tonight.

– It wasn’t quite a CGSHO, and it was against the Nationals, but Joe Saunders threw seven shutout innings.
the Dodgers scored 11 runs. (great writeup, BTW)
— seeing how this year has gone, maybe the most surprising of all: Albert Pujols hit two home runs.

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Daily Roundup, 06/03/11

– At one point in the Tigers/White Sox game, the White Sox were winning 1-0 even though they had no hits.
— Brent Lillibridge homered.
— Okay, maybe that’s not SO surprising this year. So you want something REALLY unpredictable? Juan Pierre homer. His last home run was ALSO against the Tigers – and it was actually less than a year ago, on August 3, 2010.
—- Adam Dunn infield hit.
—– his first hit off a lefty all year.

– The As scored more runs in the first eight innings of their game against the Red Sox than they did the entire series against the Yankees.
— against Clay Buchholz
— they still lost.

– The Mariners beat the Rays, 7-0.
— as if this wasn’t surprising enough, both teams had four hits.

– Derek Jeter opened the Yankees/Angels game with a fifteen-pitch at-bat.
— against Jered Weaver
— who went on to have four innings with lower pitch counts than that at-bat.

– Juan Nicasio started the game for the Rockies tonight. He got his first two big league hits in this game too, both doubles.
— …off Matt Cain.
— speaking of the Giants, before tonight:
Player A: .233/.291/.403. Player B: .261/.292/.435.
—- Player A is Aubrey Huff. Player B is Jonathan Sanchez.

– Don’t look now, but Cleveland is only 3-7 in their last 10 and have lost four in a row at home. Tonight, they got blown out.
— This is of course bizarro YCPB because I definitely did not think a Cleveland losing streak would be notable before this year.

– Before tonight, A-Rod, Kevin Youkilis, and Ryan Howard were all slugging lower than Jose Bautista’s OBP.
— Toronto scored eight runs and he did not homer.

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Daily Roundup, 06/02/11

Abbreviated schedule tonight, but some craziness is still out there.

– Aubrey Huff, sitting at a line of .219/.279/.348 with a -1.8 bWAR, the worst in all of baseball, has hit three home runs tonight.
— the Giants currently lead 12-7. This is not a very Giants score.
— Colby Rasmus hit a grand slam against the Giants, but the Cardinals are still losing. Assuming the score holds (it’s currently the bottom of the ninth), this will be the second day in a row where someone on a losing team hit a grand slam.
—- Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn made his major league debut tonight – and walked in his first plate appearance.

– The Mets came back from a 7-0 deficit to win 9-8, the biggest deficit they’ve overcome since June 30, 2000.
— Getting the win in this game was Jason Isringhausen. His last win for the Mets was June 8 – 1999!!
— the Mets rallied from that deficit to stop Mike Pelfrey from getting the loss. This is actually the second time this season they’ve rallied from down 7-0, both times to save Pelfrey from a loss. (they lost the other time, at Philadelphia.)

– Speaking of things that haven’t happened in a really long time, Johnny Damon is batting cleanup tonight for the Rays. The last time he did that was May 8, 1999.
— Carlos Peguero of the Mariners has hit two home runs in this game, against James Shields and his sub-2 ERA on the road so far this year.
— So far the Mariners have scored 7 runs in 3.1 IP against him. THE MARINERS!
—- Oop, Justin Smoak just homered. 8 runs, 3.2 IP.

– Don’t look now, but Cleveland has lost three whole games in a row at home.
— Tonight, they let Endy Chavez go 4-for-4 against them with a triple.

– I guess the answer to “what does it take to ignite the Twins’ offense” is “Sean O’Sullivan.”

– The game isn’t through four innings yet and the Houston/San Diego game is 6-2. Needz less steroidz?

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Daily Roundup, 06/01/11

– The Indians were beating the Blue Jays 10-0 by the third inning.
— Hey, at least the Blue Jays made it respectable. Final score 13-9.
— The Blue Jays hit three triples in a row, and Rajai Davis had a grand slam…
—- …and they still didn’t win.
—– in a 13-9 game, only two home runs total were hit.
—— there were also two home runs in the Orioles’ 2-1 win over the Mariners.

– Drew Butera HR.
— the Twins still lost.
— they are now TWENTY GAMES under .500.

– Brent Lillibridge homered. His OPS+ is 172 and he’s homering once every 10.83 at-bats. His OPS+ coming into this year was… 45.
— the White Sox swept the Red Sox, at Fenway.

– Your MLB wins leader? Kevin Correia.
— of the Pirates.
— who now have as many wins on the road as they did all of last year.
—- the Pirates beat the Mets today. A big part of this was an inning where they had five infield singles.
—– oh, Mets.

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