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Current AL Leaders Have Been Updated!

Now it’s time for the current American League leaders to be posted, under the AL logo in the right-hand column of this main page. It features the same batting, pitching, and team categories as the National League column, and like the updated NL numbers, the players listed in the AL haven’t changed all that much, either. Surprisingly, there were quite a bit of ties, which forced me to extend some categories from a five count to a six.

If Angels designated hitter Don Baylor could boost his batting average a bit, he could join LA slugger Reggie Smith in a dual quest for the Triple Crown; Baylor leads the AL in home runs (35) and RBI (98), but his .291 average is sadly nowhere near the Top 5 in that department. Carney Lansford, also of the Angels, is still the front-runner for the AL Rookie of the Year award, batting .327 while leading the league in hits; he’s also third in runs scored, with 78. Seattle Mariners speedster Julio Cruz is still tops in the stolen base department, as he’s been all season, and by the end of July was just seven steals away from tying the AL season record, held by Ty Cobb with 96.

Though Ron Guidry still holds the American League lead in ERA, at 1.34, his 16 wins is now third behind Mike Caldwell and Jon Matlack, both with 18, and Scott McGregor, with 17. Angels strikeout king Nolan Ryan is no surprise as the AL leader in K’s, with 152, but he’s a far cry from the 260 he finished the actual 1978 season with, and which led the AL that year. As for team leaders, check out the Indians, mired in sixth place in the AL East, who lead the league in batting at .291; I guess that gives you a hint as to how their pitching is doing (excluding Rick Waits, of course, whose W-L stands at 16-5 and ERA at 2.53).

With current league leaders now caught up, I’ll now get back to wrapping up the July stats for the remainder of the American League; just four more teams to go, with the A’s due up next.

Current NL Leaders Have Been Updated!

I’ve now reached the middle of August of my SP78 season, so I thought it might be a good idea to update the current league leaders in all the major batting and pitching categories, for both players and teams. The most recent leaders were posted for July 31st, so only two SP78 weeks have passed to reach this latest update; not many names have changed for the each category’s top five spots, but the numbers definitely have. The updated leader boards can be found on this main page, in the left-hand column under the National League logo.

Dodgers outfielder Reggie Smith is still the leader in several batting categories, and if it weren’t for a pair of injuries in May and July that cost him 21 games, he could be leading in a handful of other categories as well. As it stands, he has a solid chance of winning the National League’s first Triple Crown since Joe Medwick of the Cardinals did it in 1937. And what the hell’s going on with Pepe Frias? He had just one triple during the actual 1978 season, but already has 14 in SP78! Maybe that 32-42 triple range on his player card has something to do with it (thanks again, Avalon Hill!); if so, maybe I should start playing him more, so he can be the first batter since Willie Mays in 1957 to hit twenty in a season.

And you’d think Mets pitcher Craig Swan’s current league-leading ERA of 1.58 is some sort of board game anomaly, but no, he actually was the NL’s earned run average leader in 1978! And could Gaylord Perry be this season’s only 20-game winner in the National League? (Wait, Steve Carlton has now cracked the top five in wins, so he has a chance as well). And look at Bucs reliever Kent Tekulve, about to break his own career record for saves in a season, with 31.

I’m still working on the American League leaders; those players and teams should be posted in a few weeks.

TWISP Notes #68

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TWISP Notes

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

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TWISP Notes

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
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Mets’ Zachry Stymies Padres With 1-Hit Gem

A Senior Citizens Day crowd was on hand at Shea Stadium on Wednesday afternoon to witness Pat Zachry pitch the 13th one-hitter in Mets history, a sparkling 4-0 shutout win over the Padres at a windswept Shea Stadium in New York. The victory improved Zachry’s season record to 14-9, and it was the first one-hit gem thrown by a Mets pitcher since former staff ace Tom Seaver blanked the Cubs 6-0 on April 17th of last year.

The only hit allowed by Zachry was a solid single by Gene Richards with two out in the sixth; Richards then stole second, but was left stranded when Ozzie Smith popped out to Zachry to end the frame. Beyond that, only two other Padres batters were able to reach base: lead-off hitter Richards opened the game with a walk, and pinch-hitter Derrel Thomas coaxed another walk from Zachry to lead off the eighth.

To read more about the game, and to find out why I included a photo of Mets pitcher Jerry Koosman on the recap page, click here.