Friday, May 11, 2012

The MLB on TSC: Johnny Damon, Zack Greinke and Lance Lynn

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.

So here are some odds and ends from the wacky world known as major league baseball--

HEEEEEEEERE'S JOHNNY!

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Don't call it a comeback, he's been here for years!

The ageless Johnny Damon is back in the bigs and this time around as a mentor to the young Cleveland Indians. Last year he was in the bigs as a mentor to the young Tampa Bay Rays. The year before last he was in the bigs as a mentor to the up-and-coming Detroit Tigers. Just keep getting "mentor" gigs, Johnny! Currently you have 6 hits with the Indians, bringing your career total to 2,729. That's 271 shy of the magical 3,000.

If all else fails and Johnny doesn't reach 3000 he can always try out for the part of Jack Torrance in the remake of The Shining. He kinda looks a little like Jack Nicholson, doesn't he?

ZACK GREINKE AND TOM LOVETT

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Here's an odd Zack Greinke stat, according to the Elias Sports Bureau:

In his 19th HOME start for the Milwaukee Brewers, the Brew Crew finally lost a game. In other words, the Brewers snapped a streak of 18 consecutive wins at HOME when Greinke is on the mound. So how unique is Greinke's start at Miller Park? Only one other pitcher made more HOME starts to start a career with a team without his team losing. Back in 1890, yes 1890, the Dodgers won the first 24 home starts by Tom Lovett. If my math is correct, that's 122 years ago.

Incidentally, back in 1890, the Dodgers were known as the Brooklyn Bridegrooms.


LYNN-SANITY IN ST. LOO

Lance Lynn (6-0): 6 G, 6 GS, 1.40 ERA, 0.85 WHIP

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Is Lance Lynn for real? Well, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lynn is only the 4th pitcher in Cardinals history to start a season 6-0. He now shares the distinction with Max Lanier (1946), Luis Arroyo (1955) and Bob Tewksbury (1994). It looks like the defending world champions may be on to something here.

TOO EARLY TO START BELIEVIN'-- BUT WHAT THE HECK!

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The New York Baseball Mets are 18-13 to start the season. Yes, 18-13! But let me quit writing about them so not to jinx them.....

HEEEEEEEERE'S VLAD!

According to the AP:

Vladimir Guerrero agrees to deal with Blue Jays.

Hmmm? Johnny got a gig. Vlad got a gig. Roy Oswalt, where u at?

To be continued....

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