Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The MLB on TSC: Vlad the Impaler

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As the MLB season reaches the 30% mark, here are some interesting odd(ities) and ends from the past week:

1) Kudos to one of my favorite players of the past decade and a half, Vladimir "The Impaler" Guerrero. Last week Vlad put together a monster week with 7 consecutive multi-hit games and went 16 for 36 (.444) during an 8-game stretch. Currently he leads the Orioles with a .309 BA and has actually walked 5 times. Vlad, who is notorious for swinging at anything a pitcher throws at him, has not changed a lick during his 16-year Hall of Fame career. So 5 walks for him are actually impressive. What a player!

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2) The Human Torch Cliff Lee continues to baffle with his uncanny ability to do things never or rarely done in the history of the game. Over the weekend Lee defeated his former team the Texas Ranger, 2-0, pitching 8 scoreless innings and registering 10 strikeouts. Lee became only the second pitcher in major league history to register double-digit strikeouts against the team for which he had pitched in the World Series the previous year. The only other pitcher to do so was Ryne Duren who did it for the Los Angeles Angels in 1961. Duren had 12 strikeouts in a game against his former team the New York Yankees which he pitched for in the 1960 World Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. For the record, the great Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg was named after Duren.

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3) And then there's Ozzie and the Chicago White Sox. The Chisox have gone 11-4 during a recent 15-game stretch bringing their record to a semi-respectable 22-27. Ozzie may have finally found a closer (ooops, we're not suppose to call him that) in Sergio Santos who now has 6 SAVES to only 1 BLOWN SAVE. Looks like Ozzie won't need Bobby Thigpen after all.

For those who have no idea what I'm talking about go here-- Trouble in the Land of Ozzie!

4) The Cleveland Indians (30-15) are the first team in the majors to 30 wins. So when can we start saying The Tribe are the real deal and not just a Cinderella story?

5) Finally-- Jose Bautista. 19 home runs and counting. 54 home runs last season. Wow and in the post-Steroids Era too!

Cliff Lee stats courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

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