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The Revival of Ichiro
Highly reminiscent of Wade Boggs circa the mid to late 80’s;
Ichiro continues to rebound from his slow start and inch his way slowly up the
batting charts. Though he had an 18 game hitting streak snapped in Thursday’s loss
He has played in all of
More Ichiro - May has typically been Ichiro’s best month through his career. Outside of October (.436 in just 39 AB for the month), his best average has come in the season’s second month, when he was a .371 career hitter in 677 at bats before this season. He also has 14 triples in the month, at least double the total he has in any other month. His worst month by average has been April (.299 career) and you can expect his power production to surge in July, the month in which he has hit more home runs (14) than any other month.
The Longest Streak
Pt. I – The Dodgers were off on Thursday, and
retain baseball’s longest winning streak at 7 games. The streaking Tigers meanwhile won their 6th
straight on Thursday to pull within one game of
The Longest Streak Pt
II – Speaking of the Tigers, they overcame a 6-run Kansas City lead yesterday
by scoring 8 runs in the final two innings against baseball’s worst bullpen, and
in doing so, finished off a four game sweep that sent the reeling Royals to
their 13th consecutive defeat.
The Royals move on next to the
Josh Beckett was strong again for
Rodrigo Lopez turned his fortunes around in the O’s 2-0 win
Concerns about Jose Vidro’s knee have proven unfounded as he has hit .344 in April, .351 in May and .347 overall to lead the National League in hitting through Thursday. He has 12 hits in his last 26 at bats (.462) and in the field he has sparkled, not having made an error in 192 chances.
Chase Utley is now batting .328 on the year after going 4 for 5 in the Phils series salvaging win Thursday afternoon at Shea. He has hit safely in 10 straight, batting .386 (17 for 44) during the streak. In fact, he’s been held without a hit just twice in 20 games this month, going 34 for 89 (.382) with 5 HR, 14 RBI and a .618 slugging percentage. His on-base percentage for the month is .476 and he has 10 multi-hit games.
The Revival of Corey Patterson?
After beginning the season just 1 for 15 (.067), Corey
Patterson hit .382 (13 for 34) over his next 8 games to finish April at
.286. Thus far in May, Patterson is
batting .304 to raise his season numbers to .297 with 5 HR and 18 RBI. Is this the Corey Patterson Cubs fans longingly
hoped for in his 6 seasons there or is he merely teasing the fans in
Coming into the ’06 season, Patterson was a .291 hitter (259 for 890 in 235 games) with 34 HR and 115 RBI in the month of May. From June on, that mark dips down to just .231 (325 for 1,401 – 392 games) with 41 HR and 134 RBI. His worst month of the year statistically has been September, in which he is a lifetime .188 hitter (62 for 329). You can expect a drastic dip in power numbers come July, when he has hit just 5 lifetime HR (274 career AB – 1 every 54.8) and has a .218 average. He does tend to bounce back though slightly in August where his HR rate of 1 every 22.6 AB is his best of any month and his .259 batting average is his best post-May mark (save for his .275 BA in only 40 October AB). So is this a new and improved Corey Patterson? DN&N thinks not, but it’s likely we should know for sure by the All-Star break.
There’s no crying in baseball! – Despite winning for the third straight day, Frank Robinson was in no mood to celebrate after the game Thursday. Robinson actually shed tears as he discussed being forced to pull catcher Matthew LeCroy from the game in the middle of an inning. After watching the defensively challenged backstop make two throwing errors and allow seven stolen bases, Robinson pulled LeCroy in the middle of the seventh inning to loud applause from the home crowd. It’s probably a good thing David Hasselhoff wasn’t in the room.
Gaijin Pt I - Two
years and 7 days since Randy Johnson threw major league baseball’s last
no-hitter, a perfect game against
Gaijin Pt II - NPL
veteran Roberto Petagine is just 2 for his 16 since beginning the season with
pinch hits in his first two at bats. The
Mariners’ designated pinch hitter homered in his first plate appearance, walked
in his second and doubled in his third, but has just 2 hits and 2 walks since
then. Petagine averaged 37 homers a year
Comeback Soon! Pt I – Phil Nevin capped the Rangers
comeback Thursday with a 9th inning walk-off home run off of Huston
Street that sent the reeling A’s to their sixth straight defeat.
Comeback Soon! Pt II (More from KC) – Down 8-5 going to the 8th inning, the Tigers had KC just where they wanted them. Coming into the game the Royals had an ERA of 7.09 from the 7th inning on. After giving up 8 runs in the final two frames Thursday, that mark is now up to 7.52 (97 ER/116 IP). The Tigers, after tallying three to tie in the 8th, got solo home runs from both Craig Monroe and Marcus Thames (his 2nd HR of the game) as well as a 3-run shot from Pudge Rodriguez that put an emphatic stamp on the four game sweep.
The Royals, meanwhile, have received permission to interview Dayton Moore, a Braves assistant to the general manager, for a front office position. It’s now been three weeks and 15 losses since Royals owner David Glass promised “significant changes.”
A day after acquiring Orlando Hernandez, the Mets picked up
lefty Dave Williams who had been designated for assignment by
Comeback Soon! Pt III – Finally, the PAMF slow pitch softball team on Thursday night battled back from 4 runs down in the bottom of the 7th and final inning to earn a 13-12 walk-off win over Beckman, the top team in the league.
Recapping the at bats of yours truly -
1st AB – Sacrifice Fly
2nd AB – Double
3rd AB – Game winning basehit!!
Final Line: 2 for 2, 1 R, 2 RBI
Season Line: 10 for 11, 3 R, 6 RBI, 1 SF, 2 DBLS - .909 BA
DN&N will be off for the Memorial Day Holiday but we’ll be back on Tuesday with all the latest from around MLB. Have a happy and safe three day weekend!
Questions or comments for Richard? Richard Van Zandt is a staff writer for Baseball Evolution who lives in San Francisco, California. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.