R.A. DICKEY AND OREL HERSHISER
It had to happen sooner or later. New York Mets knuckle-ball specialist R.A. Dickey finally had his consecutive innings streak without allowing an earned run stopped. Dickey allowed a sacrifice fly to Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira which ended his streak at 44.2 innings. That is the longest streak in the majors since the great Orel Hershiser tossed his monumental major-league record of 59 consecutive innings without allowing a run, earned or unearned. I guess we can compare Dickey's streak to Pete Rose's 44-game hitting streak and Hershiser's streak to Joe DiMaggio's monumental 56-game hitting streak.
"MR. WALK-OFF" JIM THOME
Kudos to the ageless Jim Thome who set a major-league record with the 13th walk-off home run of his career. Thome had been tied (with 12 walk-offs) with perhaps 5 of the 10 best players in major-league history. Get this-- Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson. Now that's some company!
GO A.J.! GO A.J.!
Yankee fans' public enemy #1 A.J. Burnett (8-2, 3.24 ERA) is having one hell of an All-Star year for the Pittsburgh Pirates. As of late, A.J. has won his last seven consecutive starts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau: Since divisional play began in 1969, only one other Pirates pitcher has registered a win in seven consecutive starts in a single season. Dock Ellis had two such streaks for Pittsburgh: eight straight in 1974 and 10 straight in 1971.
Not a bad deal for the Pirates considering the Yankees are paying the bulk of his salary.
....AND THEN THERE ARE THE CUBS
Is it 103 years and counting? To be honest I've lost track. But don't count on year 104 to be the year THE DROUGHT FINALLY ENDS. At 24-46, the 2012 Cubs are having perhaps the worst year in franchise history. And remember, this is the franchise of all franchises. They are one of the "Original Two" who date back to 1876, the year major league baseball was born. Only the 1901 team (24-48), 1966 team (24-48) and 1981 team (24-46) were just as anemic. And hey Cubs fans-- don't blame the billy goat for this one!
Go easy on Billy, will ya?!