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1st Pitch: History chasing Moyer Tuesday

June, 22, 2010
Quick Hits: Jamie Moyer gets the start against the Indians on Tuesday with history looming. The southpaw has allowed 504 home runs in his career, one shy of Robin Roberts' record. Using’s Home Run Log, let’s take a look at the 504 that got away:
  • The player that has faced Moyer the most times without a home run happens to be a likely future Hall of Famer. Roberto Alomar was homerless in 49 plate appearances.
  • Moyer has 478 career at-bats without hitting a home run himself. Only three active players have a longer career drought: Reggie Willits (863 PA), Ryan Dempster (548), and Ben Sheets (496).
  • Moyer has allowed 87 home runs in the first inning alone. Christy Mathewson allowed 89 over the course of a 17-year career.

  • Moyer is 149-67 in his career when not allowing a home run, and 116-134 when he does.
  • Moyer has allowed seven grand slams, which is not even the most among active players. Brad Penny, Kevin Millwood and Cliff Lee have all been victimized eight times. Lee has allowed 368 fewer home runs than Moyer, yet more grand slams.
  • Manny Ramirez has the most home runs against Moyer with 10, followed by Carlos Delgado’s eight.
  • The only player to homer in his lone plate appearance against Moyer? Kurt Abbott in 1993.
  • In part because of his extended time in the AL, Moyer has never allowed a home run to a pitcher. By contrast, Phil Niekro allowed 12.
  • The lone walk-off home run against Moyer belongs to Alfonso Soriano in the bottom of the 18th inning on June 24, 2004. Soriano also has one of the 18 home runs off of Moyer to lead off a game.
Today’s Trivia: Which current manager hit the first home run that Jamie Moyer gave up?

Today’s Leaderboard: The Indians, whom Moyer faces on Tuesday, have only managed nine home runs against lefties this season, tied for fourth fewest in the majors. The Dodgers are last with only seven, while the Red Sox and Yankees share the league lead with 28. The Indians’ nine have come in 739 at-bats. The rate of one HR per 82.1 AB vs lefties in second worst in the majors. Meanwhile, the Red Sox have one per 23.5 AB.

Key Matchups: So who is the most likely culprit to go deep against Moyer on Tuesday? A pair of Indians have a history of success against Moyer. Jhonny Peralta is the only current Indian with a home run against Moyer, and has a lifetime .500 average in 10 at-bats against him, while Austin Kearns is 7-for-16 (.438) against Moyer. If it’s anyone other than Peralta that takes Moyer deep, it would mark the 322nd different batter to homer off of him.

Kevin Kouzmanoff is swinging one the hottest bats in the majors at the moment, and Tuesday he gets to face the pitcher he does the most damage against. In June, Kouzmanoff is hitting .418 (4th in the AL) with five HR (t-4th in AL). In 16 career at-bats against Bronson Arroyo, he’s hit .688 with a pair of long balls. That batting average is by far his best against any pitcher he’s faced at least 10 times.

Trivia Answer: Juan Samuel, current interim manager of the Orioles, hit the first homer off of Jamie Moyer almost exactly 24 years ago today (June 23, 1986). He wasn’t the only current manager to appear in that game. Terry Francona came on as a defensive replacement for Moyer’s Cubs.

1st Pitch: Pitchers on pace for history

June, 15, 2010
Quick Hits: With about 100 games to go on each team’s schedule, several players are on pace for history. Yesterday, we touched on hitters, and today it’s the pitchers’ turn.
  • Zack Greinke is on pace for just 5 wins and 197 strikeouts. The fewest wins for a pitcher with 200+ strikeouts is 8. Bob Johnson was 8-13 with 207 K for the 1970 Royals. Nolan Ryan was 8-16 with 270 K for the Astros in 1987.
  • Kevin Millwood is still winless through 90.2 innings. If his season ended today, he’d have thrown the 19th most innings without a win in MLB history. Terry Felton has the most innings in a season without recording a win. He went 0-13 in 117.1 innings for the Twins in 1982.
  • Ricky Romero already has 14 wild pitches – the same number that Chad Billingsley led the NL with last year. Romero is on pace for 34 wild pitches. The modern (since 1900) record is 30 by Red Ames in 1905.
  • Dan Haren has given up 17 home runs and issued 17 walks. The only pitcher in MLB history to allow 40+ home runs in a season and issue fewer walks than homers was Robin Roberts (46 HR, 40 BB) in 1956.
  • Joel Pineiro has allowed 9 triples already, putting him on pace to allow 21. No pitcher in the last 35 years has allowed more than Larry Christenson’s 17 in 1976.
  • At 8-3, Tyler Clippard is on pace for 20 wins -- as a reliever! Unsustainable? Probably. But then there is the example of Roy Face, who went 18-1 in 57 relief appearances for the Pirates in 1959. It’s been 24 years since a pitcher won as many as 13 games in relief. Both Mark Eichhorn and Roger McDowell won 14 in 1986.
  • Juan Gutierrez has allowed 10 HR in 21.1 innings, putting him on pace to allow 25. Over the last 50 years, the only relief pitcher to allow 20 homers in a season was John Wyatt, who gave up 23 in 123 relief innings in 1964.
Today’s Trivia: Tim Lincecum and Andy Pettitte were both born on this day -- albeit 12 years apart. Who are the only two active players who have been teammates of both players?

Today’s Leaderboard: Roy Halladay and CC Sabathia square off in the Bronx tonight. Since Sabathia broke into the majors in 2001 only Halladay has more wins.

Key Matchups: Jhonny Peralta has appeared in 33 straight games for the Indians, only coming off the bench in one of those. If there was ever a night to give him a rest, it would be when Johan Santana takes the mound. Peralta has struck out in 22 of 28 at-bats against the Mets’ ace and is hitting just .107. Even more amazing? In his last 23 at-bats against Santana, Peralta has 3 hits and 20 strikeouts. Not one out has been recorded in the field.

Roy Halladay has a 2.84 career ERA against the Yankees and -- at 18-6 -- has the third best winning percentage against the Bombers among pitchers with at least 20 decisions. A big reason is his neutralization of Derek Jeter, who has more strikeouts (24) against Halladay than any other pitcher he’s faced. A lifetime .242 hitter against Halladay, Jeter has just five hits in his last 43 at-bats against him, a .116 batting average.

Trivia Answer: Randy Winn and Aubrey Huff are the only active players who have been teammates of both Lincecum and Pettitte.

1st pitch: Not so home sweet home

May, 6, 2010
Today’s Trivia: Robin Roberts won 20 games six times during his career with the Phillies. Since then, the Phillies have had just two pitchers (Steve Carlton and Chris Short) win 20 games, and none since 1982. Who was the last Phillies pitcher to win as many as 17 games in a season? [hint: he once won 20 games with another team, and he’s not a current ESPN employee]

Quick Hits: Today, let’s take a look at some players who have been more comfortable on the road than at home this season:

* All seven of Miguel Cabrera’s home runs have come on the road
* Colby Rasmus is batting .450 on the road and just .175 at home
* Alberto Callaspo ranks 2nd in the AL with 14 road RBI, but has just 3 at home
* Yovani Gallardo is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA on the road, but just 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA at home
* Trevor Hoffman has converted just two of six save opportunities at home, but is a perfect 2-2 on the road
* Carl Pavano has a 2.05 ERA in three starts on the road, but has a 7.71 ERA in two starts in Target Field
* And now for the most bizarre one of all... the Rockies’ Ian Stewart is slugging .810 on the road, but just .250 in Coors Field

Today’s Leaderboard: John Danks, who starts today against the Blue Jays, is off to an impressive start. One of the keys to his success has been his ability to fight back after falling behind in the count. Danks has allowed opponents to reach base just 24 percent of the time after falling behind 1-0.

Key Matchups: Ricky Nolasco has posted a career 1.13 ERA against the Giants, but he’s dominated one player in particular: Edgar Renteria. In his career against Nolasco, Renteria has yet to collect a hit in 14 at bats.

Scott Kazmir will face his least favorite hitter tonight, Dustin Pedroia. Among players Kazmir has faced at least 25 times, no one has a higher batting average than Pedroia’s .474 mark.

Trivia Answer: Jon Lieber went 17-13 with the 2005 Phillies. Prior to Lieber, the last 17-game winners were Curt Schilling (1997) and Shane Rawley (1987).