Stats & Info: Tony Sipp

The majors got its first 10-game winner on Saturday, as CC Sabathia held the Colorado Rockies to one run on seven hits, improving to 10-4 this season and 7-1 with a 3.03 ERA over his last eight starts.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Yankee to be the first to record double-digit wins was Tommy John in 1979. Sabathia also improved to 50-19 in pinstripes, becoming the fifth Yankee pitcher over the last 60 years to have 50 wins with the club before reaching 20 losses.

A total of six starts had been made by pitchers going for their 10th win entering the day, and all had come up empty-handed before Sabathia ended the streak. The Elias Sports Bureau reports that this just the third time (in a non-strike season) in MLB history that baseball will get its first 10-game winner on June 25 or later. In both 1943 and 1950, the first pitcher to 10 wins reached the mark on June 28.

Here's a few other notes from a busy Saturday afternoon in baseball:

•  The San Francisco Giants beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on a balk by Indians reliever Tony Sipp in the seventh inning. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time since May 10, 2006 in which the only run of a game scored on a balk (Rays defeated Mariners, 1-0).

•  The Mets routed the Rangers 14-5 in Texas, scoring all their runs without a ball leaving the park. The 14 runs scored without a home run are the most by any team at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington since the Rangers scored 14 there against the Giants in July 1999.

•  Alexi Ogando allowed six runs (three earned) in just three innings pitched, and lost at home for the first time in his career. He now is 0-2 with a 11.45 ERA in three starts vs New York teams (Yankees, Mets) and 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA in his other 12 starts this season.
Today’s Trivia: At .459, Matt Kemp leads the National League in batting average. Who was the last Los Angeles Dodger to be the batting champ?

Quick Hits: The Cleveland Indians have won four in a row, and at 12-4 are tied with the Colorado Rockies for the best record in the majors. Let’s focus in on the most surprising team of the season’s first few weeks.

• According to Elias, this is the 1st time the Indians have had the best record in the majors this late in the season since the end of 2007, when they ended the season tied with the Boston Red Sox for the best mark in MLB (both 96–66).

• After sweeps of the Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles, the Indians are 6-0 against the AL East. Last season, Cleveland was just 17-24 against teams in that division.

• Indians’ starting pitchers have 13 quality starts. The last AL team with more quality starts through 16 games? The 1991 Indians with 14.

• In their 12 wins, the Indians have allowed a total of 12 runs.

• Opposing 3-4-5 hitters are batting a combined .185.

• Last season, Indians pitchers only had 967 strikeouts, fewest in the majors, and an MLB-worst 1.69 K per BB. This season, their 2.21 K per BB is 4th best in the AL.

• Their .318 BA with RISP is second in the majors, which helps explain how the Indians lead the AL in runs.

• The Indians are hitting .331 with a .916 OPS against southpaws this season, and have a 5-1 record when facing a lefty starter.
Chris Perez

• Dating back to last season, Chris Perez has converted 15 straight save opportunities without allowing a run.

• Relievers Chris Perez, Tony Sipp and Rafael Perez haven’t allowed a run this season in 21 2/3 IP.

• The Indians are a perfect 11-0 when leading at the start of any inning after the 4th.

Trivia Answer: Tommy Davis won back-to-back batting titles in 1962 and 1963, but no Dodger has led the league in batting average since. Of course, Mike Piazza hit .362 in 1997, but was edged by Tony Gwynn (.372).

1st Pitch: Clutch pitching performances

May, 27, 2010
Quick Hits: Today in Quick Hits, let’s take a look at some pitchers who rise to the occasion when faced with a tough situation.

" 3-4-5 hitters are 0-16 this season with RISP against Tim Hudson, easily the worst opponents BA in the majors.

" Tony Sipp has allowed just one base runner (a walk) against 20 batters faced with RISP.

" 3-4-5 hitters are batting .135 against Barry Zito, the lowest average in the majors.

" Opponents are 0-15 against James Shields with runners on second and third.

" Opponents are 0-8 against Scott Linebrink with the bases loaded this season.

Today’s Trivia: Through the 1995 season, only nine catchers had ever hit 35 home runs in a season. In 1996, three more were added to the list – the most in any one season in baseball history. One of the players was Todd Hundley, whose birthday is today. Can you name the other two?

Today’s Leaderboard: CC Sabathia hasn’t quite lived up to lofty expectations this season. A key reason has been his inability to shut down the heart of his opponents lineup. 3-4-5 hitters are batting .309 with league-high eight home runs and a 1.102 OPS against Sabathia this season. Those numbers put him in some unwanted company:

Key Matchups: Adrian Beltre is red hot, which is bad news for Brian Bannister. In his career against Bannister, Beltre is batting .455 (5-11).

Javier Vazquez’s struggles are unlikely to end tonight in Minnesota. A number of Twins have had success against Vazquez in his career including Justin Morneau (.350 BA, 6 HR), Delmon Young (.438 BA) and Michael Cuddyer (.343 BA, 2 HR).

Trivia Answer: Mike Piazza (36) and Terry Steinbach (35). It was a career high for both, at the time. Piazza would go on to hit 40 the following season. Steinbach had never hit more than 16 prior to ’96 and never hit more than 14 after