Stats & Info: Mike Moore

Weekend Recap: Davis states case for POY

February, 27, 2012
Player of the Weekend – Anthony Davis
With 28 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, Davis had a performance worthy of a national Player of the Year. Kentucky held on at home with an 83-74 win over Vanderbilt. He is now two blocks away from tying Alvin Jones for the fifth most blocks ever by a freshman. Not only would Davis be the second freshman to win the AP Player of the Year, he’d be the first Kentucky player to be so honored.

Stat Sheet Stuffer – Jamaal Franklin
San Diego State picked up its fifth win over an RPI Top 50 opponent, beating Colorado State 74-66. Franklin had a monster game with 31 points and 16 rebounds. It’s the first 30-15 game by a guard since Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum last season. After averaging 2.9 points per game as a freshman, Franklin is putting up 16.4 points per game and is a top contender for the nation’s most improved player.

Strange Stat Line – Chris Gaston
Gaston matched a season-high 35 points to go with 16 rebounds, leading Fordham to a 67-62 win over La Salle. There have been only three 35-15 games this season, and Gaston has two of them. Now for the strange part … Somehow 15 of his 16 rebounds came at the offensive end. That’s the most offensive boards in a game since New Mexico State’s Chris Jackson had 15 in 2003.

Farewell Performance – Hofstra Seniors
Entering their final home game, Hofstra’s seniors probably haven’t had the season they envisioned. But Saturday, they combined to lead the Pride to a 93-64 win over UNC-Wilmington. Mike Moore and Nathaniel Lester combined for 50 points, while Dwan McMillan had a career-high 15 assists. That was one assist shy of a school record set in the 1983-84 season.

Ugly Stat Line of the Weekend – Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska’s offense came up empty in a 62-34 loss to Michigan State. It was the Cornhuskers lowest point total of the shot-clock era, and the fewest points by a Big Ten team this season.

1st Pitch: If Strasburg wins his debut…

June, 8, 2010
Quick Hits: With Stephen Strasburg looking to win his MLB debut on Tuesday, he’d join the obscure record books in the following ways. The first two names that come up just happen to represent polar opposite paths that Strasburg’s career could take.
  • The last Expos/Nationals pitcher to start and win his MLB debut against the Pirates was Randy Johnson.
  • The last pitcher on any team to start and win his debut against the Pirates was Mark Prior.
  • The last No. 1 overall pick to start and win his MLB debut was Kris Benson.
  • The last No. 1 overall pick to win his MLB debut was Matt Anderson, who also picked up a blown save.
  • The last pitcher to start and win his debut on June 8 was Matt Harrison in 2008.
  • The last San Diego State pitcher to start and win his debut was Aaron Harang in 2002.
  • The only Expos/Nationals first-round pick to start and win his debut was Gabe White in 1994.
  • The only pitcher named Stephen (with a ph) to win his MLB debut was Zach Day, whose first name is actually Stephen. Day did it with the Expos in 2002.
Today’s Trivia: Who is the winningest pitcher, who like Strasburg, was born in San Diego?

Today’s Leaderboard: Not only does June 8 mark Strasburg’s debut, but it’s also the anniversary of the first draft back in 1965 when Rick Monday was the first overall pick. It wouldn’t be until 1973 that a pitcher was the first pick. That’s when Rangers chose David Clyde, who is actually the only No. 1 overall pick to start and win his debut within his first full year as a professional. Overall, pitchers selected in the top spot do not have a great track record, as Mike Moore’s 161 wins are the most of the 14 pitchers selected first.

Key Matchups: Jason Kendall has seven hits in his last 13 at-bats, but he’s about to run into his nemesis. Kendall is 0-for-14 in his career against Kevin Slowey, and has only managed to get the ball out of the infield five times. Hector Carrasco is the only pitcher against whom Kendall has more at-bats (15) without a hit.

Ryan Howard is 8-18 with four home runs in his career against Chris Volstad. All four homers have come in his last nine plate appearances against Volstad. Tim Hudson and Braden Looper are the only pitchers against whom Howard has more home runs.

Trivia Answer: According to, Mark Langston’s 179 career wins are the most for a San Diego-born pitcher.