13) Pretty good day/night for two pitchers from the Albany area.
Braves’ rookie Ian Anderson made his MLB debut in the opener of a twinbill- he gave up only one hit in six IP in a 5-1 win over New York.
Colorado’s Jeff Hoffman came out of the bullpen and squelched a late Arizona rally, getting the last out of the Rockies’ 8-7 win in the desert. It was his first career save.
Anderson went to Shenendehowa HS (with Kevin Huerter of the Atlanta Hawks), Hoffman went to Shaker HS (my high school’s arch-rival). Tommy Kahnle is another big league pitcher from the Albany area; he also went to Shaker.
12) There have been 16 doubleheaders in the major leagues this year; eight of them have been swept, which is an unusually high percentage of sweeps.
11) There was a time when the major league umpires’ union was pretty powerful; used to be that replays of close calls weren’t allowed to be shown on the stadium scoreboard.
Now the umpires’ union is hoping MLB doesn’t go to robotic umps to call balls/strikes; replays are an integral part of the game
10) Doug Eddings had the plate in the Colorado-Arizona game Wednesday; game was taking forever because Robbie Ray doesn’t throw strikes anymore, and Eddings was calling strikes whenever he could find a pith close to the plate. Ray threw 99 pitches in four tedious innings.
The last 2+ years, under is 37-31 with Eddings behind the plate.
9) We’ve mentioned how umpires have been traveling a lot less this season; in Kyle Hendricks’ last three starts for the Cubs, he’s had the same home plate umpire, Tim Timmons for all three games. That is really rare in the big leagues.
8) In Lucas Giolito’s no-hitter for the White Sox Tuesday night, he threw only 27 balls; Pirates swung/missed at 30 of his pitches, and only one batter reached base, on a walk.
7) Bad Beat of the night from Tuesday morning in the KBO; Kiwoom Heroes had a 5-0 lead after five innings at KT, but the Wiz rallied for a 6-5 win in 10 innings. Kiwoom used 12 pitchers in the game; they don’t have the 3-batter minimum in Korea.
6) Random stat: In baseball history, the most hits by one player, against one team:
Detroit Tigers’ Ty Cobb had 619 hits against New York. Lot of fewer teams back then, and no interleave play, so teams played each other a lot more than they do now.
5) Tampa Bay Rays already have 21 wins; 10 different Tampa pitchers have at least one save.
4) In his last 105 games, Ronald Acuna Jr. has 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases; if he stays healthy for an entire season, he’s going to put up some massive numbers. But he has to stay healthy, and stealing a lot of bases takes its toll on a players’ legs.
3) Indiana Pacers fired coach Nate McMIllan Wednesday; he made the playoffs all four years he coached the Pacers, but then went 3-16 in the playoffs, getting swept three of four years. Like all pro sports, NBA is a performance-based business.
2) Portland Trailblazers’ star Damian Lillard is going back to Portland to have his right knee checked; he dislocated a finger on his left hand in a game last week, then sprained his knee in the Blazers’ last game.
1) If the baseball playoffs started today (they do not):
AL East- Tampa Bay, New York
AL Central- Minnesota, Clev/CWS
AL West- Oakland, Houston
AL Wild Cards- Chi/CWS, Toronto
NL East- Miami, Atlanta
NL Central- Chicago, St Louis
NL West- Los Angeles, San Diego
NL Wild Cards- Colorado, San Francisco