Weekly Roundup, 04/13/15-04/19/15

As you may have heard, Jon Lester hasn’t so much as attempted a pick-off throw in a while. As in, since April. 2013.
- On Monday, he attempted a pick-off for the first time since then.
– The results were… less than spectacular.
— Jon Lester had to throw to first again today, but couldn’t get the ball out of the glove, so he did this instead:

—- Another first since 2013: a Juan Uribe stolen base.

Bartolo Colon has two RBIs in the season.
- As of Friday, he led the league in pitcher RBIs.

Wil Nieves and Stephen Drew both hit grand slams this week.
- Stephen Drew and his teammate, the 39 year-old Alex Rodriguez, both have more home runs than Giancarlo Stanton so far in 2015.

Paulo Orlando hit three triples before his first career MLB single.
- As of Sunday morning, only one TEAM (Oakland) had more triples (5) than Orlando’s four.
– Michael Cuddyer, Mike Napoli, and Brian AND James McCann also hit triples.
— Sam Fuld has three triples already.
—- And Ichiro Suzuki hit a pinch-hit triple.

Jeff Francoeur has hit cleanup for the Phillies in multiple games this season.

The Royals started 2015 with a 7-0 record.
- Their first loss? The Twins.

The Tigers have already pitched four shutouts in 2015; they had eight in all of last season.
- Saturday’s game against the White Sox, however, was anything but – Jose Abreu had three hits, including a grand slam, and was a triple away from the cycle…by the end of the fourth inning.
– Anibal Sanchez allowed a career high nine runs and has allowed more homers than he did last year.
— J.D. Martinez hit his fifth home run of the season on Saturday, leaving him behind only Nelson Cruz for the lead in MLB home runs.

Shane Greene allowed a run.
- Bizzaro YCPB!

On Friday, the Blue Jays hit five home runs and lost. On Saturday, they grounded into five double plays…and won. (h/t @ngtariabluejays and @every5thday.

On Saturday, Craig Kimbrel faced five batters and didn’t strike any of them out.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Rangers intentionally walked Robinson Canó to get to Nelson Cruz…who leads MLB in home runs. (Predictably, it didn’t work out well for Texas).

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