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TWISP Notes #68


March 6, 2018

• Milwaukee ace Mike Caldwell became the first SP78 pitcher to win 19 games this season when the Brewers topped the Blue Jays 4-2 at County Stadium on August 16th. Caldwell (19-4) was one out away from securing his 17th complete game, but a walk and a pair of base hits by the Jays prompted a relief appearance from Ed Farmer, who coaxed a fly out from Dave McKay to end the threat. Caldwell will go for his 20th on August 22nd, when he faces the Indians in the first game of a twinbill at Milwaukee.

• Tribe southpaw Rick Waits, going for his 17th win of the year, settled for a no-decision after departing in the eighth of a 2-2 game between the Indians and Tigers at Detroit. It took 14 innings, but the Tribe ultimately came out on top by an 11-3 count.

• With a theft of second base off Orioles starter Mike Flanagan in the sixth inning of their game at the Kingdome, Julio Cruz of the Mariners recorded his 90th steal of the season, helping the M’s top the O’s 3-2. Cruz is now just six steals shy of the AL season record of 96, held by Tiger great Ty Cobb, and barring injury has a good chance of breaking Cardinals speedster Lou Brock’s major league record of 118, set in 1974. Continue reading

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


TWISP Notes #66

December 8, 2016

• June stats have finally been calculated and finalized, and teams are currently being updated on the SP78 site. All National League teams are complete, and American League teams have been updated through the Kansas City Royals, with seven AL teams left to fill out. After that, work will begin on July stats.

• Giants veteran Willie McCovey drilled his 498th home run in a game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 12th. McCovey connected off LA reliever Rick Sutcliffe, a solo shot in the eighth inning that gave the Giants some insurance in an eventual 4-2 win. McCovey also had two singles in the game to complete a 3-for-4 night.

• The Brewers have lost five in a row, and have dropped to five games back of the first-place Yankees in the AL East. Continue reading

TWISP Notes #65

July 15, 2016

• With right-hander Nino Espinosa starting on the mound for the Mets on Sunday, the opposing Cardinals will start LH-batting rookie Todd Benefiel at short, after he sat out the past two games so that regular shortstop Garry Templeton could bat against left-handed starters. Benefiel, hitting .438 since his call-up from Springfield, will bat second behind veteran Lou Brock, who for this game will switch to the lead-off spot in hopes of sparking his dismal SP78 batting numbers. For the season, Brock is hitting an uncharacteristic .227 with only seven stolen bases, and in August just .115 with no stolen bases.

• St Louis is currently riding a 4-game winning streak, the longest such streak in the major leagues through Saturday, and a victory over the Mets will cap a sweep of their 3-game weekend series and move the Cards to within one game of fifth-place New York in the NL East.

• My year-long task of re-calculating all June statistics continues, and with work through June 21st finished, only 118 scoresheets (out of 368 total for the month) remain to be tabulated before June’s numbers are complete. The player and team stats will then be added to the site, and June award winners will announced soon thereafter. Continue reading

TWISP Notes #64

November 3, 2015

• A total of nine SP78 games were played by my friend Steve P and I during our minor league baseball tour throughout New England this past summer, at least a game a day between June 22nd and June 29th. After three games were played in New Mexico to begin the trip (at Steve’s home in Las Cruces), four took place at hotels in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine, one was hosted by the University of Vermont in Burlington, and the last—an exhibition game between the Tigers and Mets—was played at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The won-lost between the two managers over the course of the trip was an even 4-4, with Steve abstaining from one of the NM2 match-ups.

• The past few weeks have been tough ones for the Mets; they’ve gone 3-11 over that span, are currently mired in a 3-game losing streak, and for three games were without their starting outfield of Lee Mazzilli, Steve Henderson, and Bruce Boisclair. Mazzilli came off the 15-day disabled list on the 7th, while Boisclair returned on the 9th after missing a month with a head injury. Left fielder Henderson has been out since the 4th, and will likely return to action in the next few days.

• A’s speedster Mike Edwards stole home for the second time this season, doing so August 5th against the Mariners at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The theft came in the first inning off M’s pitcher Tom House, after Edwards had singled, stole second, and advanced to third on a groundout. Edwards also stole home on July 27th against the White Sox, after stealing second and third off Ross Baumgarten in the same inning. Edwards becomes the first SP78 player this season to collect two home thefts. Continue reading