The current League Leaders and Team Leaders for the American League have now been updated for games played through August 23rd, and can be found by scrolling down the right-hand column of this page. And like the National League leaders posted a month ago, most of the players and teams among the Top 5 categories have remained the same, with a few notable exceptions.
Royals third baseman George Brett moved into the Top 5 for batting average, displacing NY catcher Thurman Munson, and Twins star Rod Carew jumped from the fifth spot to first in the hits category; he’ll need 31 more to reach 200 for the fourth time in his career. Also, a pair of milestones were achieved, as Minnesota’s Roy Smalley was the first in the AL to reach the 100 RBI mark, and Brewers ace Mike Caldwell was the first in either league to reach 20 wins, with Jon Matlack and Scott McGregor close behind at 18.
M’s speedster Julio Cruz stole three more bases this past week, giving him 92 for the year…just four shy of Ty Cobb’s AL record of 96, established in 1915. Also during the week, A’s DH Rico Carty slugged three home runs to move within two of 30 and three of his 1978 total of 31; Don Baylor of the Angels still leads in that department, with 35. And though he’s struggled of late, going 1-2 over his last four starts, Yankees starter Ron Guidry still leads SP78 in earned run average, with 1.28.
Kansas City and Minnesota continue to dominate the team categories, while Baltimore still holds the lead in the team HR department, with 135, just nineteen away from their 1978 season total. And somehow, the Indians are still leading in team batting average and total hits, though they’re still mired in sixth place in the AL East; they also made the Top 5 in doubles and triples, as well as pitcher strikeouts.
The next league-wide update will take place in one SP78 calendar week, after games have been completed for August 31, 1978.
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Tagged 1978, American League, August, board game, Cleveland Indians, George Brett, Julio Cruz, Kansas City Royals, league leaders, Minnesota Twins, Rico Carty, Rod Carew, Ron Guidry, Statis Pro 1978 Replay, Statis Pro Baseball
March 25, 2019
• The August 18th game between the Astros and Pirates, which was called due to thunderstorms at Three Rivers Stadium with the Bucs leading 15-1, was just the third time in SP78 history that a game had been first delayed by rain, then later called. The last time this occurred was in 1988, during a May 7th match-up between the White Sox and Red Sox at Fenway Park.
• Two new sites were added to the SP78 host locations list, when I ventured to New Mexico with my friend Steve P in February and played a trio of games there, all in Las Cruces. The first was played solo at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, which was labeled NM3, between the Red Sox and A’s; that night Steve joined me as we played the second game of the trip at site NM4, the Comfort Suites on Telshor Boulevard, between the Steve-led Royals and the Rangers. One more game was played the next morning, at the already-established site NM2, his former home in Las Cruces that was now empty and waiting to be sold.
• The two games played at NM3 and NM4 that Friday equaled the SP78 mark for number of sites hosting games in one day, a feat which had also been accomplished in 1983, 1985, and twice in 1994.
• In the Minnesota-Toronto contest at Metropolitan Stadium on August 18th, first baseman Rod Carew went 5-for-5 with four singles and a double, boosting his season average to .313, as the Twins topped the Jays 8-4. It was Carew’s first 5-hit game of the season, and lifted his current hits total to 161.
• The August 16th game between the Yankees and A’s played at site AZ18—my current apartment in Peoria, Arizona—was the 78th game hosted by the site, bumping it into 4th place on the all-time games-hosted list, past site SNB in San Bernardino and behind AZ8 (218), ESC11 (183), and ESC7 (145). The site is currently four games shy of the coveted 100 games-hosted mark. Continue reading
Posted in TWISP Notes
Tagged 1978, August, board game, Jim Kern, Las Cruces, New Mexico, Phil Niekro, Red Sox, Rod Carew, Statis Pro 1978 Replay, stats, Twins, TWISP Notes
Thanks to a dominate 29-11 won-lost mark to open the season, the Minnesota Twins were able to weather an 11-12 June and a 13-15 July to remain in solid contention in the AL West, finishing the month in third place with a record of 57-47, just 6½ games behind the division-leading Rangers and 1½ games behind the Royals. And with an upcoming schedule that pits the Twins against sub-.500 teams in 22 of their next 30 games, they might find themselves sitting in first place—for the first time since before the All-Star break—by the end of August.
Hosken Powell (.306) and Mike Cubbage (.304) were the only Twins batters to hit above .300 in July, and though Rod Carew led the team with 32 hits, his batting average for the month dipped to an uncharacteristic .271. For the season, shortstop Roy Smalley leads the squad in average (.328), runs (67), home runs (16), and runs batted in (73), while Carew once again leads in hits, with 134. On the mound, Dave Goltz returned to his early-season form with a 2.61 ERA for the month, but a lack of run support left him with a 2-2 mark in six starts. Gary Serum went 3-1 with one save as a spot starter (and is 11-4 for the season, tops on the Twins), while reliever Mike Marshall saved more than half of his team’s wins for July, with seven. And July also saw my friend Joe S play his first-ever SP78 game, piloting Minnesota to an 8-6 loss to the Yankees back in 2012.
To visit the Twins team page for stats and 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.
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Tagged 1978, AL West, American League, Dave Goltz, Gary Serum, July, Mike Cubbage, Minnesota Twins, Rod Carew, Roy Smalley, Statis Pro 1978 Replay, Statis Pro Baseball, stats