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TWISP Notes #74


November 7, 2020

• Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker makes his long-awaited return from the SP78 suspended list on August 23rd, and will start the second game of a doubleheader against the Blue Jays at Tiger Stadium that night. It will mark the first time in 64 games – since June 10, 1994 – that the Detroit rookie has seen major league action. Steve Dillard and Mark Wagner, the two utility infielders who took over for Whitaker during his suspension, will split second base duties in Game 1 of the twinbill.

• To make room for Whitaker on the team’s 25-man roster, the Tigers sent slumping third baseman Aurelio Rodriguez to their AAA club at Evansville. Rodriguez, hitting just .224 in 84 games this season, will return to the parent club on September 1st, when all clubs expand their rosters to forty players. Until then, Phil Mankowski will take over at third for Detroit.

• Mike Caldwell of the Brewers became the first pitcher this season to reach the 20-win mark, doing so August 22nd against the Indians at County Stadium. Caldwell (20-4)  topped the Tribe 9-1, and saw his ERA drop to 1.46.

• With an infield single in his fourth and final at-bat against the Red Sox on August 22nd, Seattle catcher Bob Stinson reached the 100-hit mark in a season for the first time in his 12-year career.

• A’s pitcher Steve Renko returned from the 15-day disabled list on August 22nd and started in that day’s match-up against the Orioles, where he pitched an outstanding game, allowing just four hits and one run over 6.2 innings, but came out on the losing end of a 1-0 O’s shutout.

• Tigers outfielder Steve Kemp was injured when he dove awkwardly for a fly ball off the bat of Twins hitter Hosken Powell in their August 22nd game at Metropolitan Stadium; the ball fell for a triple, and Kemp left the game with minor injuries. He’s expected to return to action in a few days.

• Bobby Murcer of the Cubs and Al Oliver of the Rangers will take 13-game hitting streaks into their respective games on August 23rd. Both are currently the longest active streaks in the SP78 season.

• The White Sox are the first SP78 team this season to lose 80 games.

• The Cubs activated outfielder Greg Gross from the 21-day disabled list, and sent outfielder Gene Clines to their minor league affiliate in Wichita.

• Despite his 6-3 win over the Padres on August 22nd, Phillies starter Jim Lonborg (5-9) is still the only pitcher on the squad who has a losing record.

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So-So July Keeps Tigers in AL East Hunt

The Detroit Tigers finished July with a middling 15-14 mark, but managed to stay glued to third place in the AL East, where they began the month with a 41-35 record and were just 6½ games out of first. Now, they remain in third with a won-lost of 56-48, but have dropped two games to 8½ back of the front-running Yankees. The month ahead looks at least somewhat promising, however; nearly half of their schedule pits Detroit against the second-division Blue Jays, White Sox, and Indians. The bad news is, the other half of the docket consists of games against the Brewers, Twins, and Rangers.

The Tigers displayed some solid individual performances in July that helped offset their mediocre won-lost total. Part-time player Tim Corcoran returned as a starter in right field and responded with a .409 average for the month, while Steve Kemp continued to wield a hot bat, hitting .327 for July and currently leading the team overall with 18 home runs and 63 RBI. Phil Mankowski played a majority of the squad’s games at third, hitting .308 in 23 games. Almost forgotten in the stolen base race was Ron LeFlore, who swiped 20 in July and has 57 on the year; another pair of 20-steal months will allow LeFlore to break Cobb’s AL record of 96, if Seattle’s Julio Cruz doesn’t do it first.

On the mound, starter Dave Rozema went 4-1 with a 1.35 earned run average for the month, while veteran John Hiller had four saves and a 1.15 ERA in a relief capacity. Rozema’s season mark of 13-5 leads all starters, as does his 1.85 ERA; Hiller’s 6-0 won-lost, 12 saves and 0.53 ERA for ’78 puts him in the running for the Rolaids Relief Man Award in the American League. And the return of Mark Fidrych from injuries sustained in 1977 seems to be a success; his 4-2 mark and 2.07 ERA have helped keep the Tigers in hot pursuit of the AL East flag.

To check out the Tigers team page for statistics through July, click here. The boxes for league leaders, team rankings, and award totals have been left blank; these numbers will be added after all AL team statistics have been finalized, and July award winners have been picked.

Lousy July Has Chisox Looking To Next Year

After an 11-21 July left the Chicago White Sox with an SP78 season mark of 35-70, good for last place in their division and the worst record in the major leagues, it’s safe to assume that, with two months left in the regular season and a 29-game climb to first place, the Sox won’t be repeating last year’s miraculous 92-70 third-place finish in the AL West. And with no trade opportunities on the horizon and a roster already stockpiled with minor league call-ups, it could be time for the Southsiders to begin playing out the string over the final two months of 1978.

The team hit a respectable .279 in July, but their pitching staff was less competitive, saddled with a 4.78 earned run average and just one shutout, a combined effort between Rich Wortham and Ron Schueler against the Brewers on July 25th. And though Steve Stone (3-2, 2.96) and reliever Wortham (2-1, 2.75) contributed solid numbers on the mound, both Wilbur Wood and Ken Kravec had ERA’s over 7.00, and both finished the month with won-lost records of 0-5. Veteran shortstop Don Kessinger, in his first full season with the Chisox, led all starters with a .321 batting average, while Eric Soderholm and Chet Lemon tied for the team lead in home runs, with five each. And mirroring the team’s SP78 woes, Statis Pro enthusiast Steve N. piloted the Sox to an 0-2 mark in July, the first two losses of his SP78 managerial career.

To take a look at the White Sox team page for results through July, click here. The boxes for league leaders, team rankings, and award totals have been left blank; these numbers will be added after all AL team statistics have been finalized, and July award winners have been picked.

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