Saturday, May 27, 2006
Updated: May 28, 10:50 AM ET
Elias Says ...
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Jered Weaver was the Angels' starting pitcher against Baltimore on Saturday. His brother, Jeff, has already made 10 starts for the Angels this season. The Weavers are the 18th pair of brothers to each start a game as a pitcher for the same team in the same season. The other recent pairs: Andy and Alan Benes for the Cardinals (1996, 1997, 2001); Pedro and Ramon Martinez for the Dodgers (1992 and 1993) and Red Sox (1999 and 2000); Phil and Joe Niekro for the Braves (1974) and Yankees (1985); Rick and Paul Reuschel for the Cubs (1976); Gaylord and Jim Perry for the Indians (1974 and 1975).
• Curt Schilling recorded career win No. 200 on Saturday. Schilling is the fifth pitcher to record a "milestone" win at Fenway Park. The four other pitchers to do it: Sad Sam Jones (career win No. 200 in 1932), Lefty Grove (300th, in 1941), Mel Harder (200th, in 1944), Ferguson Jenkins (200th, in 1976) ("milestone" win is defined as career win Nos. 100, 200, 300, 400, or 500).
• Dontrelle Willis is 1-6 in 11 starts this season after winning 22 games in 2005. Only three pitchers in the divisional-play era (1969 to date) won no more than one of their first 11 starts in a season after winning 20 or more games the year before: Jim Merritt, who was 20-12 for the Reds in 1970 but 0-9 in his first 11 starts in 1971; Mike Krukow, who was 20-9 for the Giants in 1986, then 1-5 in his first 11 starts in 1987; and Jose Lima, who was 21-10 for Houston in 1999 and 1-7 in his first 11 starts in 2000.
• The Marlins finished a three-day stretch in which they faced three starting pitchers with 200 or more career wins: Greg Maddux, Pedro Martinez and Tom Glavine. The last major league team to face 200-game winners in three straight games was Baltimore in September 2005 (David Wells, Randy Johnson and Mike Mussina). The last National League team to do so was Pittsburgh in June 2005 (Mussina, Kevin Brown and Randy Johnson).
• The Twins turned a triple play today against Seattle, just 13 days after the White Sox turned one against the Twins. It was the shortest gap between triple plays in the major leagues since 2002. Tampa Bay turned a triple play on Sept. 13 that year, 10 days after Montreal turned the trick.
A triple play is odd enough. How odd is triple play in which a run scores? It has been almost 29 years since there was a run scored on a triple play. On June 3, 1977, Kansas City's Al Cowens scored on a triple play that John Wathan hit into against Baltimore.
• The 7-8-9 hitters in the Yankees' lineup (Miguel Cairo-Melky Cabrera-Kelly Stinnett) each had at least three RBI in their win over the Royals. It was only the third time since 1969 that each player in a team's bottom three slots in the batting order drove in three or more runs in one game. The Rangers did it at Tampa Bay on April 20, 2005 (Kevin Mench-Laynce Nix-Rod Barajas) and the Yankees, also at Tampa Bay, on Aug. 8, 2001 (David Justice-Alfonso Soriano-Clay Bellinger).
• Yadier Molina picked off Brian Giles at first base to end the Cardinals' 4-3 win over the Padres. It has been almost four years since a major league game ended with a catcher's pickoff. Texas' Ivan Rodriguez picked off Houston's Richard Hidalgo on June 14, 2002 to secure a 9-6 win for the Rangers.
• The Diamondbacks shut out the Reds in Cincinnati for the second consecutive day. Arizona was the second team this season to post back-to-back shutouts on the road. The Athletics did it at Seattle in April. The Cardinals were the last National League team with road shutouts on consecutive days (Aug. 27-28, 2005).
The Reds had been shut out at home on consecutive days only twice since 1974: July 21-22, 1992 (both games vs. the Cubs) and Sept. 23-24, 2003 (both games also vs. the Cubs).
• Tom Glavine was the winning pitcher for the Mets in Florida. Glavine is 17-8 with a 2.53 ERA in 29 starts since he beat the Yankees on June 25 last year. His 17 wins since that date tie him with Jose Contreras for the most in the major leagues over that span.
Glavine had a perfect game through five innings before Reggie Abercrombie led off the sixth inning with a double Saturday. It was the third time in Glavine's career that he went at least five innings with a "perfecto." Glavine started with five perfect innings on May 19, 1993 vs. Montreal, and he was perfect through six innings on May 23, 2004 vs. Colorado.
• Jason Bay homered again on Saturday night, giving him nine home runs in the Pirates' last nine games. In doing so, he became the first player in franchise history to hit nine homers over a span of nine games played by the Pirates.
The last major league player to hit nine home runs over a nine-game span played by his team was Sammy Sosa in August 2002.
• The Tigers beat the Indians 3-1 for their 15th win in their last 16 games. The Tigers won 15 times over a 16-game stretch in only two other seasons: 1911 and 1984.
• The Pirates and Astros played 18 innings, with Pittsburgh winning 8-7. It was the longest major league game since July 28, 2005 when the Blue Jays and Angels also played 18 innings. The last NL game to go at least 18 innings was the April 27, 2003 game between Florida and St. Louis (20 innings).
• The Edmonton Oilers had the 14th-best record in the NHL during the regular season. Only three other teams reached the Stanley Cup finals following a regular season in which they ranked as low as 14th in the league: Minnesota in 1991 (16th), Vancouver in 1994 (14th) and Carolina in 2002 (16th). None of those teams won the Stanley Cup.