- Jason Bay hit two home runs tonight.
– He actually has three multi-homer games with the Mets.
— And now he has more homers with the Mets than Tom Seaver did.
- Andres Torres worked a 16-pitch walk!
– Corey Patterson, he of the career sub-.300 OBP, worked an 11-pitch walk!
— Both their teams lost.
—- In fact, Patterson was out trying to steal pretty promptly after.
- Curtis Granderson has more home runs now than he did all of last year.
– Mark Teixeira has 25 home runs as well. The last time two Yankees had at least 25 home runs at the break? Mantle and Maris in 1961.
- The Astros did that thing again where they only used three pitches and they were all named Rodriguez.
– As long as we’re talking NL Central, the Pirates are over .500. Still.
— The Reds aren’t.
—- The Pirates are also above the Brewers, who lost back-to-back home games for the first time all year tonight, in the standings, and only one game behind the Cardinals. That’s right – if the Cardinals lose and the Pirates win tomorrow, the Pirates will be in first place.
—– The Pirates’ win today was their 45th. They won their 45th game IN SEPTEMBER last year.
—— Brandon Wood homered tonight, to cap all of this off.
- The Nationals are also above .500, and have won 17 of 24.
– The last 11 wins they have were credited to 11 different pitchers.
— They won tonight despite Ramon Ortiz’s six very good innings of seven-strikeout ball against them. Yeah. THAT Ramon Ortiz. (If you do not know who THAT Ramon Ortiz is, it’s the guy who has a 5.52 ERA, a WHIP over 1.5, and a K/9 below 5.0 in almost 500 innings since 2005 – and who didn’t play in 2008 or 2009 before the Dodgers put him in their bullpen last year. He’s also almost 40 years old. THAT Ramon Ortiz.)
- Adam Dunn isn’t so fortunate. He already has twelve games this year where he’s gone hitless with three or more strikeouts. That is absurd.