- Tomorrow, the Pirates go for the sweep against the Red Sox. By the way, the Pirates haven’t swept an American League team since 2001.
– The Pirates are actually in third place in the NL Central, A GAME OUT OF SECOND PLACE, and according to Cool Standings, have a 17.4% chance of making the playoffs.
— The Padres and Pirates have more wins against the Red Sox than the Yankees do.
- The final score of the Mets/Rangers game was 14-5… METS.
– There were three home runs hit in this game and none of them were by the Mets.
— Alexi Ogando: 3 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 ER. Thanks to our friends at ESPN Stats and Info for this: in three starts against New York teams this year, Ogando has an 11.45 ERA; in his 12 starts against everyone else, it’s 1.69.
—- Three doubles for Lucas Duda, who came into this game hitting .173, with only one multi-hit game all season, and that was a two-hit game.
- Carlos Gomez homered.
– Yuniesky Betancourt inside-the-park homer. In the same game! (Also, seriously, what kind of ancient burial ground did the Twins anger this year?)
— Vernon Wells homered, too. Not in this game.
- Remember how long the Nationals/White Sox game went on last night? Well, today, as these things tend to happen, John Danks left after 1.2 with an oblique injury.
– The White Sox bullpen then combined to shut out the Nationals as Chicago won 3-0.
— These shutout innings of relief included 2.1 scoreless innings from Brian Bruney (!), and four scoreless innings of 7 K ball from Jake Peavy (!!!), making the first relief appearance of his career.
—- Tom Gorzelanny, who has an ERA over five on the road, gave up one run over seven innings with eight strikeouts and took the loss.
- Marlins win! Marlins win!!
- In a very small sample size of 20.2 IP, CC Sabathia has a career 7.84 ERA against the Rockies. His line against Colorado today: 8 IP, 7 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 9 K.
- The Giants beat the Indians 1-0… on a balk.
– The last time a team beat another team 1-0 where the only run scored on a balk was May 10, 2006, when the then-Devil Rays beat the Mariners.
— Aubrey Huff was on that Devil Rays team – and this Giants team.
- There were ten home runs hit in the Reds/Orioles game. Ten! Needs… less… steroids?
- Congrats? to Houston, MLB’s first fifty-game loser. Okay, maybe this is the most predictable thing we have ever typed on YCPB.