Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The MLB on TSC: The Boys of April

It's time now for another edition of the MLB on TSC, where baseball's past always meets baseball's present, where the strange and bizarre never goes unnoticed and where facts are sometimes stranger than fiction.

Here goes--


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There's no question that A.J. Burnett is off to a terrific start with his new team. Thus far Burnett (1-1, 1.38 ERA) has had two solid starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates after being run out of town by the New York Yankees because of his inconsistency. In fact, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, in his first start for Pittsburgh, Burnett became only the second Pirates pitcher ever to throw at least 7-shutout innings and strikeout at least 7 batters in his debut for the team. The only other Pirates starter to do so was Nick Maddox, WAY WAY, back on September 13, 1907. That's, get this, 105 years ago. Go A.J.!


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Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko deserves some KUDOS for becoming the 48th player in major-league history to belt 400 home runs. Too bad he did it in today's day-and-age and not once-upon-a-time when 400 home runs meant something. Nonetheless, congrats P.K.!


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What a difference a START makes! Chicago White Sox starter Philip Humber went from perfection to imperfection in a span of two starts. After throwing the 21st perfect game in major-league history, Humber became the first pitcher to ever allow at least nine runs in his start following the perfecto. His pitching lines for the two games look like this:
  • 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 9 K
  • 5.0 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 3 HR, 3 BB, 5 K
Talk about a rude awakening!


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Leave it to the New York Mets to set quirky major-league records. Here's the Elias Sports Bureau on the 2 latest FIRSTS set by the Mets:

"What is it about the Mets that makes managers want to change pitchers? On April 24 against the Marlins, the Mets became the first team in major-league history to have four straight batters draw walks from four different pitchers. On April 30 against the Astros, the Mets saw Houston's manager Brad Mills engineer the first instance in major-league history of seven different pitchers facing seven consecutive hitters." Amazing!


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Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Matt Kemp (.417 BA, 12 HR, 25 RBI)-- the early odds-on-favorite to win the NL MVP Award. Um, the same award he should have EASILY won last year. Maybe someday someone will tell me what season the 2011 voters were watching.

To be continued....


  1. Interesting that you compare A.J. Burnett's first start as a Pirate with Nick Maddox. Burnett, of course, had 13 MLB seasons under his belt when he pitched his first game for the Pirates, while Maddox's game in 1907 was his major league debut. Interesting to note that a week after Maddox pitched his first game, he became the first Pirate to throw a no-hitter in the history of the organization. Maddox had not turned 21 yet, and I think he still holds the record for the youngest player to throw a no-hitter.
    Go Nick!

    1. Very interesting information, Tyler. Thank you for the reply!