Saturday’s Den: Clearing out a cluttered mind…….

13) Story of the sports summer so far: it is August 8, and Don Mattingly may have already wrapped up Manager of the Year- his Miami Marlins are off to a 7-1 start.

— They’re first team since 1904 to start eight different pitchers in their first eight games.
— In 67 innings in the field, they’ve already used 25 different pitchers.
— They turned over 60% of their roster five or six days ago.

12) Marlins’ SS Eddy Alvarez is a 30-year old rookie who once took three years off from baseball and was a speed skater; he won a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

11) A gambler in New Jersey risked $54,000 to win $30,000 Friday that Jason Day would have a better day than Martin Kaymer at the PGA Championship. Day shot a 69, Kaymer shot a freakin’ 82. Hmmmmm…….

10) Cubs-Cardinals are off for the weekend, after two more Cardinals tested positive for the coronavirus. St Louis has now had nine players test positive.

9) Maybe the Cubs can use their free time this weekend to figure out who to bat leadoff; they’re trying to force Kris Bryant into the leadoff spot this season, but he is hitting .184 with a .295 OB%. No bueno. Chicago used 10 different leadoff hitters last season.

8) Cardboard Cutout of the Week; Kansas City Royals had a cardboard cutout of Terry Kiser’s character from the classic movie Weekend at Bernie’s, complete with sunglasses and blue windbreaker. Bernie was sitting right behind home plate.

7) Mets’ OF Brandon Nimmo has reached base safely in 29 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the major leagues. The all-time record is held by Ted Williams (84 games in a row)

6) White Sox’ 1B Jose Abreu has always been a hell of a hitter, but so far this season, batting third in the lineup, he is 0-13 with a walk in the first inning of games.

5) Toronto 4, Columbus 3, OT- This was only third time in Maple Leafs’ history that they tied a playoff game after trailing by 3+ goals in the third period- the other two were in 1936, 2001. This series ia now tied 2-2.

4) When Dodgers’ LF Chris Taylor threw out the tying run at the plate to end the game in San Diego Thursday, it was the first time that happened in a big league game since May 14, 2016.

3) Coming into Friday night’s games, these teams’ hitters wee seeing the most pitches per plate appearance:
4.16- Cleveland
4.13- Tampa Bay, Chicago Cubs

2) Disappointing that Thursday night would’ve been the Hall of Fame football game from Canton; no idea if there will even be a football season. 2020 hasn’t been a very good year.

1) In the last 100 years, the lowest batting average for all of the majors for one season was in 1968, when batters hit a combined .237. This season has a chance to break that dubious record.

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.