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Monday, June 7, 2010
1st Pitch: One-run game madness

By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info

Quick Hits: On Sunday, there were 11 games decided by one run. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that tied a major league record, done twice previously (1918 and 2001). That is continuing a larger trend that puts us on pace for 750 one-run games this season, which would smash the record of 719 in 2005.
Today’s Trivia: There are eight players currently on MLB rosters who made their MLB debut before Bryce Harper was born in 1992. Can you name the only one who was on the Expos when Harper was born?

Today’s Leaderboard: After beating the Twins 5-4 on Sunday, the A’s are 11-4 in one-run games. That .733 win percentage would be tied for second best in the majors since 1901 behind the 1981 Orioles, who went 21-7 (.750). Among the top four one-run records of all time, both the 1909 Pirates and 1970 Orioles won the World Series.

Key Matchups: Stephen Drew is 15-for-31 (.484) in his career against Derek Lowe, easily his best average against any pitcher that he has faced 20 times. Only Matt Holliday (.514) has a higher average against Lowe among those with at least 30 plate appearances. However, Lowe has had the upper hand lately. Drew hit .583 in his first 24 at-bats against Lowe, but is just 1-for-7 since.

Mired in a 3-for-30 slump, Todd Helton has to be pleased to see Wandy Rodriguez taking the hill for the Astros. Helton is a career .500 hitter against Rodriguez with 11 hits in 22 at-bats. He has six hits in the last nine times they faced one another.

Trivia Answer: Matt Stairs made his MLB debut for the Expos in May 1992, nearly five months before Harper was born.