Socks Girl’s seven takeaways from MLB week 8
Well, I’m a day late but I still made my commitment to do something not published elsewhere for my blog! LOL!
Each week on Monday (I figure I can handle a small commitment to my blog, right?) I’ve been giving you a quick wrap up of seven important things that happened over the past week in MLB, and even some MiLB, plays, events, matchups or whatever it was I would have loved to do an entire post on but didn’t have the time.
( If I did do a post on an event it’s likely you won’t usually see here because I already wrote about it – however in some cases – you might! LOL!)
Because let’s face it, there are 30 teams and no one person can cover them all or keep track of everything. I have a hard enough time covering the A’s at for FanRag Sports’ Today’s Knuckleball – which is where I work, just in case this is your first time reading my blog. You can learn more about me and my story here, if you’re curious about who’s talking to you right now.
Please leave a comment for any event in any level of baseball that you think I may have missed (and there should be plenty of those) or that you think should be on my list but isn’t.
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
When Clayton Kershaw struck out his fifth batter of the night on Sunday he became the first pitcher in history to reach 100 strikeouts on the season while only allowing five walks. To put in another way, his strikeout to walk ratio is 20-to-1. The previous record had been held by Cliff Lee who got to 100 strikeouts while walking just seven batters during the 2010 season. A 20-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio is pretty unbelievable. Kershaw broke this record by throwing first pitch strikes and getting ahead in the count. Here’s currently baseball’s best pitcher on his accomplishment,
“Yeah, I think so, I think there is some merit to that, just being aggressive,” Kershaw said. “Try to get beat with hits and not walks.”
Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red Sox
Thursday Jackie Bradley Jr.’s pursuit of Joe DiMaggio‘s 56 game hitting streak came to an end at 29 games, when he failed to get a hit against Colorado Rockies starter Jon Gray. That’s a long hitting streak and he did make it half way to DiMaggio’s streak. Currently another player on the Red Sox, Xander Bogaerts, is on a 23-game hitting streak which is also impressive and like Bradley’s fun to watch. Yet, what their hitting streaks really highlight is just how amazing DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak was and how it’s likely never to be broken.
Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
Chris Sale‘s bid to become the just the second pitcher since 1920 to win their first ten starts of the season came to an end on Tuesday, when the sliding Sox took on the Cleveland Indians. He allowed his first walk in three games to Jose Ramirez which then gave way to Sale throwing 43 pitches in the Indian’s three-run third inning. He was removed from the game after getting one out in the fourth. His record dropped to 9-1. The last pitcher to win his first 10 starts of the season was San Diego Padres’ pitcher Andy Hawkins in 1985.
Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
The bad blood stemming from last year’s playoffs may not have stopped with the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays. When the Los Angeles Dodgers played the New York Mets in the 2015 NLDS, Chase Utley made, what most people determined to be a dirty slide into second base, breaking the leg of the Mets’ Ruben Tejada as he tried to turn a double play. The play resulted in a new slide rule for runners and fielders when a runner is sliding into second. In the third inning of Saturday’s game, Mets’ starter Noah Syndergaard threw a 99 MPH fastball behind the head of Utley and was immediately ejected from the game. Syndergaard said he has sweaty hands and the ball got away from him, which could easily be the case. However, as seen in the Texas and Toronto debacle grudges from the postseason often carry over into the following year. Syndergaard made light of the ejection the next day with the following tweet (I’m sorry but it made me laugh!):
I’m fresh. Can be available from pen. Just saying. #LGM
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) May 29, 2016
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
When arguably the league’s best player Mike Trout hit his 150th career home run he became yet another part of baseball history. He hit Dallas’ Keuchel’s 90 MPH fastball to the opposite field and became one of just eight players to have recorded 150 home runs and 500 runs scored before the age of 25. The seven others are names you’ll likely know: Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr., Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson and current teammate Albert Pujols.
It may not have been Jake Arrieta‘s best outing on Wednesday, but the Cubs got the job done anyway. They held on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals by the score of 9-8. The Cubs have won the last 23 games that Arrieta has started. They tied not only their franchise record but the MLB record set by the Atlanta Braves behind Kris Medlen in 2012.
Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
Albert Pujols took sole possession of 12th place on the home run list Friday night, surpassing Rafael Palmeiro, with his 570th career home run. Saturday he took that one step further going back-to-back with Mike Trout on Trout’s historic 150th career home run to take his total to 571. There is a chance that he could move into the top ten, surpassing Harmon Killlebrew and Mark McGwire by the end of the season.