Weekly Roundup, 7/6/15-7/12/15

Welcome to the All-Star Break! Our update on the preseason bold predictions will be out during the break, but first, the events of the week:

It’s been a banner week for pitchers at the plate. Jon Lester finally recorded his first big league hit after 78 hitless PAs, raising his career line to .014/.028/.014. He had the most PAs of anyone without a hit by a lot.

On Saturday, both AJ Burnett and Matt Harvey hit home runs. It was the second time in nine days that two pitchers had homered in a day. Before that, you have to go all the way back to 10/1/2012.

Cole Hamels allowed nine runs in 3.1 innings to the Giants, a new career high. He also allowed 12 hits, tying his career high.

Chris Archer also allowed nine runs, a career high for him.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit .079 with no homers for the Mets for being designated for assignment in May. He then went to the Angels, where he hit .136 with no homers before coming back to the Mets. On Sunday, he hit three home runs, equaling his total from last year. He also became the first Mets player to ever hit three homers in a home game.

On Friday, the Tigers led the Twins 6-0 with two outs in the 8th before Minnesota scratched a run across. Eight batters and just one out later, the Twins walked off 8-6.

Billy Butler reached on a dropped third strike.

The Blue Jays are somehow under .500 despite a +82 run differential.

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Weekly Roundup 06/22/15-06/28/15

Steven Matz made his Major League debut yesterday, and had four RBI.
- He’s a pitcher.
– However he isn’t just the first Mets pitcher to have four RBI in his MLB debut; he’s the first Mets player to do that.

Via @goldbergkc, Jeremy Guthrie has stuck out the side just five times in his career – but two of them came yesterday.

On Saturday, Starling Marte stole home.

On Friday, Ben Revere homered off of Max Scherzer:

- At this point, the unpredictable thing seems not to be that Scherzer took a no-hitter into the sixth, but that he allowed two earned runs.

Brandon Belt hit two triples on Thursday.
- He hit just one triple in all of 2014.

And last Monday, Joe Blanton outdueled Felix Hernandez, in a game that also saw Robinson Cano hit just his third home run of the season.

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Daily Roundup, 06/15/15-06/21/15

On Tuesday, Jeff Francoeur pitched for the Phillies.
- Yes, that Jeff Francoeur!
– He had a 1-2-3 inning, along with a strikeout of Nolan Reimold, and he threw MORE pitches than Nathan Eovaldi that night.
— This was the Phillies’ first 1-2-3 inning all night.
—- At exact same time, utility man Jake Elmore pitched for the Rays.
—– That’s right, two position players pitched at the same time.
—— Later in the Rays game, infielder Nick Franklin pitched as well. That makes two position players pitching in the same game.
——– And if that’s not enough, the next day saw pitching appearances from David Murphy, Ryan Raburn and Alex Amarista.

Brock Holt hit for the cycle on Tuesday, making him the first member of the Red Sox to hit for the cycle since 1996 – 19 years ago.

On Thursday, the Dodgers won on a walk-off balk.

On Saturday A.J. Pierzynski tripled. We didn’t believe it either, so we have video:

Also Saturday: Max Scherzer lost a perfect game with two outs in the ninth on a questionable hit by pitch call. He still got the no-hitter.
- Believe it or not, his game score of 97 wasn’t his best game score this season – or even this week.
– That happened last Sunday, when his 16k, one-hit shutout of the Brewers nabbed him a GS of 100.

On Sunday, Adam Morgan won the game he started for the Phillies.
- It’s the first win by a Phillies’ starter in 25 consecutive games.
– Morgan, by the way, had an 0-6 record in triple-A.

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Daily Roundup, 06/08/15-06/14/15

On Friday, catcher Jesus Sucre pitched for the Mariners against the Astros.
- This is odd enough on its own, but this was a game Felix Hernandez started.
– Of course, Felix was out of the game because he gave up eight runs in just one-third of an inning.
— To the Astros, who were slumping at the time.
—- The Astros playing poorly being notable of this site is some kind of bizarro YCPB.
—– All that, and Sucre got more outs than Felix did.

Chris Heston of the Giants threw a no-hitter against the Mets.
- The only blemishes on his line were three players hit by pitches.
– Heston has just 79.1 major league innings, to the tune of a 93 ERA+.
— Less than two years ago, the Giants designated Heston for assignment.

On Saturday, the Braves’ closer Jason Grilli got the win, while starter Williams Perez got a save.

When Bryce Harper faced Yankees reliever Jacob Lindgren, it meant he finally faced a pitcher younger than him.

The Blue Jays scored more runs this weekend than the Royals have scored all month. (h/t @castrovince)
- Drew Hutchinson has allowed 14 runs in 6.1 total innings in his two starts at Fenway this year. The Jays have won both those games. (h/t Tim Britton)
– Justin Smoak and Russell Martin tripled in the same game on Friday.

On Sunday, the Twins hit three triples in an inning – in which they only managed to score one run.

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Daily Roundup, 06/01/15-06/07/15

On Monday night, Andrew Cashner of the Padres struck out twelve Mets in just 4.2 innings. He also gave up 11 hits in those 4.2 innings, so he was removed from the game. That was the first time in major league history where a pitcher gave up more than ten hits while striking out more than ten batters, in fewer than five full innings.
- So of course, even though this was the first time it had happened in major league history, it happened again the next night. Noah Syndergaard of the Mets struck out ten Padres while giving up ten hits across just four innings.
– Not only did a pitching feat that had never happened before happen twice in two nights, it happened twice in the same series.
— Speaking of the Mets, Bartolo Colon has a three-game hitting streak. He’s also hitting .174 – not too shabby for a pitcher. That’s a better batting average than at least one regular player in baseball – Stephen Drew is batting .169.

Pat Venditte made his major league debut for the Athletics.
- He is a switch-pitcher, only the second in major league history.

Jeff Francoeur hit a grand slam off Madison Bumgarner.
- Of course, the Phillies actually lost that game. That said, Frenchy drove in the winning run against the Giants a night later.
– The other player to hit a grand slam off Bumgarner is Jordan Pacheco (h/t @hankschulman).

On Saturday, Christian Bethancourt hit a walk-off home run.
- That was actually his first career home run.

Matt Wieters triple on Sunday.

The Rangers and Nationals have the same record.
- The top two teams in the AL West are the Astros and Rangers.

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Weekly Roundup, 05/25/15-05/31/15

The two best records in the AL belong to the Twins and Astros. It’s June.
- Of course, John Danks did just throw a complete game shutout against the Astros…

Noah Syndergaard home run!
- To center field, to boot.
– And Bartolo Colon doubled.
— Colon said he wanted three hits all season; it’s June 1 and he accomplished that goal already.

Before Saturday night, Shane Greene had allowed three home runs all season.
- He allowed four in the span of six batters in that game.

Prince Fielder scored from first on a walk-off double by Josh Hamilton.

Both Zack Greinke and Mark Teixeira stole bases in the past week.

On Saturday night, Derek Norris was having an 0-for-4 night with a golden sombrero.
- He then hit a walk-off grand slam.

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Weekly Roundup 05/18/15-05/24/15

Monday saw the following performances from certain starters:

Corey Kluber: 9 IP, 1 R

Chris Sale: 8 IP, 1 R

Matt Harvey: 8 IP, 0 R

John Lackey: 7 IP, 1 R

Not one of those pitchers received a win. (h/t @espnstatsinfo.

- Speaking of Kluber, the Indians are just 2-8 in his starts this year.

On Tuesday, Jack Leathersich walked Randy Choate.
- Choate, 39, hadn’t had a plate appearance in 11 years.

Wednesday, Bartolo Colon reached base. As a batter.
- Because of a Yadier Molina error:

More pitcher-batting wackiness: Madison Bumgarner hit a home run off of Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday:

- Speaking of the Giants and the Dodgers, the Giants swept the series with the Dodgers without allowing a run, just the second time in Giants’ history that it’s happened. Via @espnstatsinfo.

Didi Gregorious hit a home run in two consecutive games.
- The second of those games also saw a Garrett Jones pitching appearance:

On Sunday, Ryan Goins hit a home run.
…And Carlos Frias came out of the Dodgers/Padres game with a game score of -4.

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Weekly Roundup 05/11/15-05/18/15

Clint Robinson pitched an inning for the Nationals.
- He’s a first baseman.

On Wednesday, Corey Kluber struck out eighteen in eight innings.
- He’s just the second pitcher ever (Randy Johnson in 1992 being the other) to strike out that many in less than nine innings.
– Via @suss2hyphens, Todd Jones had 14 strikeouts in 2008, and 18 saves. For, you know, comparison’s sake…

Also on Wednesday, the Twins had triples from Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe, and Joe Mauer.
- Russell Martin tripled this week, too.

On Thursday, the Cubs won on a walkoff walk.

Sonny Gray gave up one run in seven innings. He lost to Wade Miley, who entered the day with a 6.91 ERA.

San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers both had rain delays on the same day.

On Saturday, Jacob deGrom had two hits. In one inning.
- Reminder that he’s a pitcher.
– The Mets scored 10 runs in that inning. There were no ten-run innings in all of 2014.

And, finally, the end to the Cubs game on Friday, in which an outfielder falls down…but it’s not a Cub!

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Weekly Roundup, 05/04/15-05/10/15

The Pirates turned a 4-5-4 triple play against the Cardinals.
- This was the first 4-5-4 triple play in history.
– In the same game, Vance Worley hit a double.

Chad Billingsley homer!
- That homer was off Bartolo Colon, to boot.
– Chad Billingsley pitching might be considered YCPB to some.

Alex Rodriguez hit a triple.
- Delmon Young made a spectacular catch to prevent A-Rod from hitting HR #661, which would have passed Willie Mays on the all-time list.

Mark Buehrle beat the Yankees.
- The only two Yankee pitchers Buerhle has beaten? CC Sabathia… and Jorge De Paula.
– Both CC Sabathia and Corey Kluber are 0-5 so far this year.
— The last time Buehrle beat the Yankees, A-Rod was playing in his seventh game as a Yankee.

Catcher David Ross pitched a 1-2-3 inning for the Cubs.
- Ross’ first career home run came against… Mark Grace pitching. (h/t @mwhite06)

Marcus Semien had two home runs off Felix Hernandez.

2015 Casey McGehee hit a grand slam.

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Weekly Roundup 04/27/15-05/03/15

The Astros have the best record in the American League.
- They’ve won ten in a row…
– And are ELEVEN games over .500.
— No other team in the AL West is over .500.
—- In all of baseball, only the Cardinals have a better record.

On Monday, the Mets and Marlins played a game in 1:58.
- Dillon Gee had 59 pitches…through seven innings.
– Daniel Murphy hit a go-ahead ninth inning home run. It came on closer Steve Cishek’s 17th pitch. Cosart, the Marlins’ starter, didn’t have an inning over 16 pitches.

#Yearofthetriple update:

Dan Uggla hit triples in back-to-back games.
Nelson Cruz and Ryan Howard also tripled this week.

Monday’s (04/27) Rays/Yankees game was the first time all season that the Rays actually played a game outdoors; the Rays play all their home games in a dome, and their previous road trips had taken them to Toronto and Miami, where the roofs remained closed.

On Tuesday, the Braves jumped out to a 9-1 lead against the Nationals. They lost.
- On a Dan Uggla home run, to boot. Remember, the Braves are still paying Uggla.
– A.J. Cole, pitching for the Nationals, came out of the game with a line of 2.0 IP 9 H 9 R 4 ER BB K. He received a no decision.
— Julio Teheran didn’t pitch much better – 5.2 IP 10 H 7 R 3 ER 0 BB 4 K 2 HR. He also received a no decision. If not for Uggla’s home run, he would have gotten the win.

Speaking of pitching lines you’d like to forget, Chris Sale on Thursday exited with a line of 3.0 IP 9 H 9 R 8 ER 2 BB 4 K HR.
- It happened against the Twins.
– The Twins are now above .500. The Nationals still are not.

On Friday, Alex Rodriguez hit a pinch-hit home run against the Red Sox. Via @ktsharp, it was Rodriguez’s first career pinch-hit home run.
- Need we remind you that Rodriguez has been playing in MLB since 1994?

On Saturday, Logan Schafer ran all the way around the bases on a ground ball to short. This is how:

Also on Saturday, not one but TWO games – The Dodgers/Diamondbacks and Angels/Giants ended on a baserunner being hit by a batted ball:

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