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Thursday, July 8, 2010
1st Pitch: Decisions, decisions, decisions

By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info

Quick Hits: With LeBron James’ “Decision” set for tonight at 9 ET… what better time to dive into the wonderful world of decisions? In this case, wins and losses.
Today’s Trivia: Who has the most home runs in Indians history among players born in Ohio?

Today’s Leaderboard: The Braves and Tigers both have bullpens with an 18-7 record, tied for the best in the majors. But on the other end of the spectrum is Florida. The Marlins bullpen is just 6-16, giving it the worst win percentage of any relief corps.

Key Matchups: If you had to guess Vladimir Guerrero’s nemesis, how long would it take until Jeremy Guthrie’s name came up? In 17 career at-bats, Guerrero has managed just one hit against the Orioles starter, a .059 batting average. That includes a current 0-for-11 stretch dating back to 2007, during which Guerrero is averaging just 2.4 pitches per plate appearance. His next-worst batting average against a pitcher he’s faced 15 times is .105 against Robert Person.

Lance Berkman has a home run in three straight games after managing just seven over his first 67 games. Could he make it four games in a row? Berkman is a .462 career hitter against Ross Ohlendorf with a home run. On three occasions, Berkman has homered in four consecutive games, most recently in 2007. Morgan Ensberg has the Astros record with six consecutive games with a home run back in 2006.

Trivia Answer: David Justice’s 96 home runs are the most in Indians’ history for a player born in Ohio. Justice was born in Cincinnati, though he went to high school in Kentucky. Mike Schmidt is the all-time home run leader from Ohio, while Justice ranks third.