TWISP Notes #67


August 7, 2017

• National League statistics for July have been finalized, and are in the process of being uploaded to the SP78 site; the Mets are the most recent team to have their stats posted. Stats for the American League are still being calculated and waiting to be added to the site; the Orioles, Red Sox, and Angels are complete, while the White Sox are currently in-progress, with ten AL teams still on the docket to be completed.

• Catcher Johnny Oates made his first appearance of the season for the Dodgers on August 15th against the Phillies, after his recent call-up from AAA Albuquerque. He grounded out in a pinch-hitting appearance, then took over for Steve Yeager behind the plate, where in the next inning he threw out the first baserunner he faced, Larry Bowa, who was trying to steal second.

• The Brewers snapped their 6-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Blue Jays, in the second game of their Tuesday twinbill at County Stadium. Mike Caldwell will go for his 19th win of the season when he faces the Jays the following night.

• Tribe first baseman Andre Thornton hit his first grand slam of the SP78 season—and the first of his career—to help the Indians to a 9-4 win over the Twins at Municipal Stadium. The shot came off Minnesota reliever Darrell Jackson, and gave Cleveland a 9-0 lead after just two innings. For Thornton, it was his 22nd HR of the season.

• The Red Sox have won five games in a row, while the Astros have lost five in a row.

• In his second game after converting from shortstop to left field, Cardinals phenom Todd Benefiel went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored to help the resurgent Cards to a 6-4 win over the Astros. Benefiel is now batting an even .400 since his August 1st call-up from Springfield of the American Association.

• The White Sox set an SP78 record by committing six errors in their game against the Rangers at Arlington Stadium on August 15th. The errors—by Francisco Barrios, Eric Soderholm, Lamar Johnson, Claudell Washington, and two by Ralph Garr—led to four unearned runs, and helped Texas coast to a 10-1 win. The six gaffes broke the mark of 5 held by four other teams.

• The Mariners lost shortstop Craig Reynolds to injury on August 15th when he collided with left fielder Tom Paciorek during the eighth inning of a game against the Orioles at the Kingdome. Reynolds was placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day; with utility infielder Larry Milbourne available to cover short, the M’s bolstered their pitching staff by calling up Mike Parrott from the San Jose Missions of the Pacific Coast League.

• And an SP78 goodbye to Angels slugger and potential AL MVP Don Baylor, who passed away today at the age of 68.

Fans! Be sure to catch Baseball Night on C-SPAN when 16-game winner
Rick Waits and the Indians square off against Mark Fidrych and the Tigers
at Tiger Stadium in Detroit


10 responses to “TWISP Notes #67

  1. I will be in Albuquerque today and was hoping to see Johnny Oates behind the plate.

    • Let me know when you visit LA, and I’ll start him behind the plate if the Dodgers are playing at home. Did you go to an Isotopes game during your trip to NM?

  2. By the way, in the two weeks TB has been called up and with the .400 avg, what is his complete stats to date?

    • In nine games, I’m batting .400 (10-for-25) with five doubles, four runs scored, and four RBI. I also have 3 stolen bases (and three times caught stealing), but I’m not stealing myself enough, so look for more SB’s (or CS’s, I guess) in upcoming games. And with my move to LF to keep a hot-hitting Templeton at SS, we now have a 1-2 hitting-and-stealing tandem at the top of the batting order, which should provide more run-scoring for the Cards. And in those nine games, I’ve played shortstop four times, left field three, and have gone 4-for-4 as a pinch hitter.

  3. I believe that by 1978 rules, Benefiel will need 404 at-bats to qualify for the batting title. How many runs per game would the Cardinals need to average if Benefiel plays every game for him to get to 404 at-bats? Could he win by using Rule 10.22(a)?

    • It looks like I’ll need 471 more plate appearances to qualify for the title…unless I hit so well, that adding the remaining PA’s necessary to reach the minimum required number would still put me at the top of the batting leaders. So with just 42 games left in the Cardinals’ season, I would need 11-12 at-bats per game to qualify, under normal conditions. Which would require quite a few extra-inning contests, or to have the lineup bat around at least six times per game!

      And as far as Rule 10.22 goes, as long as I don’t violate any joint drug programs during the season, I should be okay to officially claim the Triple Crown title from LA slugger Reggie Smith.

  4. No, but I had Isotope beer while in NM. Beer tops with the lil man. Back tomorrow.

    • It sounds like you’re saying, “Beer is tops with the li’l man,” as if it’s his favorite beverage of all time. Or wait, maybe that is what you’re telling me. In which case, I figured him to be more a champagne kind of guy.

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