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TWISP Notes #72

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TWISP Notes

January 11, 2020

• In the August 20th game against the Yankees at the Kingdome in Seattle, M’s second baseman Julio Cruz stole his 91st base of the season, a sixth-inning theft of second off NY pitcher Bob Kammeyer, leaving him just five short of tying Ty Cobb’s AL record of 96.

• Steve Garvey and Reggie Smith of the Dodgers connected for two home runs apiece in LA’s 11-2 win over the Mets at Los Angeles. The four round-trippers came at the expense of four different New York pitchers: Nino Espinosa, Paul Siebert, Dwight Bernard, and Dale Murray. It was the first time this season two NL players on the same team had connected for two HR’s in the same game; Ben Oglivie and Gorman Thomas of the Brewers accomplished the feat in the AL on July 1st at Seattle.

• The Blue Jays have lost six games in a row, while the Mariners and Red Sox have lost five.

• A new location was added to the long list of SP78 games-hosted sites, as two games were played in November at the newly-christened NM5, my friend Steve P’s apartment in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In the first game, the visiting Reds defeated the Steve-led Cubs 6-4, while Steve took Game 2 the next day with a 13-2 Cardinals win over the Braves.

• With first place in the NL East now in their sights, the Pirates called up starter Odell Jones and reliever Clay Carroll from their AAA affiliate in Columbus, hoping to bolster their pitching staff for the stretch run. To make room for the pair, the Bucs sent utility infielder Mario Mendoza and pitcher Dave Hamilton to the Columbus.

• Detroit second baseman Lou Whitaker, who’s been practicing with members of the University of Michigan baseball team in Ann Arbor, is set to return to the major leagues from his two-month suspension on August 23rd, when the Tigers travel home after a five-game road trip to meet the Blue Jays in a twi-night doubleheader at Tiger Stadium. Whitaker, who last played on June 10th, is slated to make his comeback in the second game of the Wednesday night twinbill.

• A’s outfielder Glenn Burke was injured when he crashed into the center field wall at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Sunday, while chasing a long drive off the bat of Red Sox designated hitter Jack Brohamer, which dropped for a triple. Burke left the game with a serious shoulder injury, and will likely be placed on the disabled list on August 21st.

• In New York’s 9-7 win over Seattle on August 20th, the teams combined for six home runs, with Yankees outfielder Gary Thomasson connecting for his second career grand slam, off M’s starter Paul Mitchell in the fourth.

• In need of left-handed relief pitching, the Blue Jays recalled Mike Willis from Syracuse of the International League yesterday; also recalled was outfielder Willie Upshaw, currently batting .328 for the Chiefs. On the same day, Jays pitcher Dave Wallace and outfielder Sam Ewing were both sent down to Syracuse.

• Against the Blue Jays on August 20th, Twins reliever Mike Marshall earned his 20th save of the season in a 5-3 Minnesota win; it was the first time he’d collected twenty saves since 1974, when he played for the Dodgers and won the NL Cy Young Award.

Fans! Be there for the SP78 40th Anniversary celebration on August 22nd,
when the Cardinals take on the Reds at Riverfront Stadium!

 

11-17 July Drops M’s Further From AL West Race

It’s hard to believe the second-year Seattle Mariners were 31-21 after the first two months of the SP78 campaign, and had reeled off a 16-game winning streak in May, the longest yet by any team this season. Now, after an injury had knocked the team’s offensive leader, outfielder Tom Paciorek, out of action for thirty days, the M’s have fallen on hard times, dropping to 48-59 by the end of July and drifting back and forth between fourth and sixth place in the AL West. And though Paciorek has returned to the active roster, the Mariner magic seems to have dissipated, leaving the Emerald City squad gasping for life in a tough division already stocked with superior teams.

Keeping in mind that, due to his injury, Paciorek has played in only 67 of Seattle’s 107 games, he leads the team with a .327 average (he and Julio Cruz, at .316, are the only M’s currently hitting over .300); he also led the squad in average for July, with an impressive .355 mark. At this point in the season, Leon Roberts would take team MVP honors, with a .299 average, 21 doubles, 22 home runs, and 69 RBI. And of course, Cruz is still grabbing headlines with his pursuit of both the AL and major league stolen base record; by the end of July, he was just 22 away from Ty Cobb’s AL record of 96. But Seattle’s pitching has been nothing but trouble, and with no pitchers—starters or relievers—with a PB higher than 2-6, it doesn’t look to get any better over the next two months.

To check out the Mariners team page for results and 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.

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.

TWISP Notes #68

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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