Starling Marte had his first major league at bat today for the Pirates, and he did this.
– It was the first pitch of the game, too.
— More courtesy of @jperrotto (John Perrotto): Marte is the 28th player in MLB history to hit a home run on his first pitch and the 110th to homer in his first at-bat.
Speaking of impressive debuts, Mets’ pitcher doubled in his first big league at bat.
— As of the sixth inning, he is 2-for-2.
—- And has struck out 11. So far.
—– Via @ktsharp, it’s the most strikeouts in an MLB debut in six innings or less pitched since 1920. Harvey left the game after 5.1 innings. Tim Hudson also had 11 in six innings.
Justin Verlander gave up back-to-back home runs on consecutive pitches.
– He also allowed six hits in one inning, unremarkable for most pitchers, but the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner is not most pitchers.
Indians’ 7th inning pitcher Joe Smith has seven wins…
– Which is six more than Cliff Lee
— And still more than Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay combined.
The A’s actually lost a game.
– It’s only their third loss this month.
— They’re only percentage points ahead of the Tigers, which leads to the interesting possibility—a one game playoff to determine the second wild card team.