Friday, September 06, 2013
Masahiro Tanaka is presumably not impressed by Max Scherzer.
Masahiro Tanaka equaled the mark for Japan’s longest winning streak within a single season as he improved to 20-0 on Friday in the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ 3-2 win over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.
The 24-year-old Eagles ace has won 24 consecutive decisions dating back to Aug. 26, 2012.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
With outfielder Justin Ruggiano locked in an 0-for-42 slump and approaching a Major League record involving a hitless streak for a position player, Marlins manager Mike Redmond continues to offer support and encouragement.
“There isn’t much you can say except hang in there and keep fighting,” Redmond said. “Anytime a guy struggles for that long, you feel for him because you know what he’s going through. I used to beat myself up when I took an 0-for-4.”
Despite only turning 27 later this week, Darvish’s career strikeout numbers already look quite lofty—with 428 in the United States in less than two seasons and 1,250 for Nippon Ham, that already puts him just short of 1,700 (1,678) combined between MLB and NPB. The ZiPS projection system’s best guess for the rest of Darvish’s year adds another 65 strikeouts to the tally, giving Darvish 272 for the year, the biggest number since Randy Johnson’s 290 in 2004. That puts Darvish at 1,743 combined strikeouts through his age-26 season. Here’s the complete list of MLB pitchers with at least that many strikeouts through age 26:
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Caleb Gindl, his first career homer.
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Miami has gone a club-record 37 innings without a run, the longest drought by a major league team in 28 years. The Houston Astros were held scoreless for 42 consecutive innings in July 1985, according to STATS.
The Marlins haven’t scored since Derek Dietrich drove in two runs in the fourth inning of a 5-2 loss in 10 innings to the Washington Nationals on July 14.
Sunday’s game was the longest scoreless game in the majors since Boston won 1-0 in 16 innings at Tampa Bay on July 17, 2011.
Axford (4-3), the fourth reliever for the Brewers, pitched the 12th and 13th for the win. He helped the Brewers pitching staff set a franchise record with 35 scoreless innings. The previous record of 31 was set April 18-22, 1990.
That’s not quite right; the Brewers actually had a 32-inning scoreless streak earlier this year. Interesting season, interesting game. It ended on a walkoff shot by Caleb Gindl, his first career homer.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Mariano Rivera owns another record. The Yankees closer now has the most 30-save seasons in baseball history with 15 after recording the save in Friday’s 2-0 win over the Twins. Rivera passed Trevor Hoffman to set the new mark.
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Rivera, baseball’s all-times save leader with 638, recorded his first 30-save campaign in 1997, his first full season as the team’s closer. He reeled off five straight 30-save seasons until he recorded only 28 in 2002. He started the stretch again in 2003, when he had 40, and then went nine years before he recorded only five last season after he tore his ACL early in the season and appeared in only nine games.
SPECIAL BONUS LINK: Map of Mariano Rivera’s Farewell Tour.
Has anyone led the league in the signature stat for their position in their retirement year? At age 43?
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