Sandwich Awards: Marmol king of the K's
Updated: May 28, 2010, 6:47 PM ETBy Jayson Stark
Since it's Memorial Day weekend, that means a lot of sandwiches are about to hit the grill. But there are no burgers and hot dogs on this menu -- because it's time once again for another edition of our Generic Sandwich Awards. But before we salute the most sandwich-worthy feats of the week, it's time for theMoyerCastro• The favorite mano a mano of the week for loyal readers Brent Morgan, John Clay and Tom Tomkowiak came last weekend, when 20-year-old Starlin Castro got a hit off 47-year-old Jamie Moyer. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the biggest age differential between any pitcher and a guy who got a hit off him since 1972, when Tim Foli (age 21) got a hit off Hoyt Wilhelm (age 49). • More on that generation gap: As Clay reports, Moyer debuted in the big leagues 3 years, 9 months and 8 days before Castro debuted on our favorite planet. So we did the math -- and Moyer won 32 games, made 94 starts, racked up 357 strikeouts, allowed 68 homers and faced 2,486 hitters in the big leagues before Castro's first career diaper change. Scary! • Brad Penny hit a grand slam last Friday. That was good. But he didn't get a win out of it. That was bad. Penny managed to aggravate a strained lat muscle while going slamming, never threw another pitch and landed on the DL. He was the first pitcher to pull off the challenge of failing to win a game in which he hit a grand slam since Felix Hernandez did it on June 24, 2008, in the famous game in which he thumped a slam off Johan Santana but then sprained an ankle covering home plate on a wild pitch.Rodriguez• But believe it or not, Penny did not win our injury-of-the-week award. Tampa Bay's Sean Rodriguez takes that honor. He had to call 9-1-1 -- after getting stung by a sting ray while swimming with his daughter. And any time a Ray gets stung by a ray, that's what you call injury-of-the-week material. • Your weekly Ubaldo Jimenez update: He has gone to the mound to start 72 innings this year. He's put a zero on the board in 66 of them. And he has already had four starts this year in which he's allowed two hits, one hit or zero (in at least six innings). Last pitcher with more than that over a full season: Pedro Martinez (five, in 2005).
Munchies of the Week• First off, a little Joe West trivia: It should make Mark Buehrle especially delighted to know that he's the only pitcher to get called for two balks while Cowboy Joe was working first base in any of the last 15 seasons. And according to ejection historian David Vincent, this was just the second time West has run both a pitcher and manager for arguing balk calls in the same game. The other: Aug. 15, 1978. The great Bert Blyleven-Chuck Tanner tag team did the honors that day.
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