Monday, July 17, 2006
Elias Says ...
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• The Braves have scored 59 runs over their last five games, their highest total over any five-game span in more than 100 years -- since they scored 61 times in five games in September 1897.
• The Braves, fresh off a three-game sweep against the Padres in which they scored 10+ runs in every game, hammered the Cardinals on Monday night, 15-3. They are the first team in major-league history to score 10-or-more runs in four consecutive games, each time against a team in sole possession of first place.
• Brian McCann got things started for Atlanta with a grand slam. It was the fourth slam that Jeff Weaver has allowed over the last two seasons (2005-06), the most given up by any pitcher in the major leagues over that period. Weaver did not allow a grand slam in his first six seasons in the big leagues (1999-2004).
• Jorge Sosa capped the scoring for Atlanta with a home run, his third this season. Carlos Zambrano also has hit three homers in 2006. It's the first time in 22 years that more than one major-league pitcher hit 3-plus homers in a season. Three hurlers did that in 1984 (Tim Lollar, Eric Show and Fernando Valenzuela).
• Alex Rodriguez made three errors on Monday night and was booed by the home crowd before being taken out of the game. Since joining the Yankees in 2004, A-Rod has committed 26 errors in home games, compared to only 15 on the road. Over the last six seasons, the only other Yankee to make 3-plus errors in a game was first baseman Nick Johnson on Sept. 10, 2003. Four others did it during Joe Torre's 11-year term as the team's manager: Chuck Knoblauch in 2000, Scott Brosius in 1998, Charlie Hayes in 1997 and Mariano Duncan in 1996.
• Pitcher Dustin Moseley started for the Angels on Monday night in his major-league debut and earned the win against the Indians. Moseley threw five innings and allowed 10 hits. He's the first starting pitcher in the live ball era (1920 to present) to win his major-league debut despite throwing only five innings and allowing 10-plus hits.
• The Royals took a 4-0 lead against the Red Sox, but lost 5-4. It's the sixth time this season that Kansas City has lost a game after taking a lead of at least four runs, tied with the Yankees for the most such defeats in the major leagues. Over the last two seasons, the Royals have played four games at Fenway Park and in three of those games they have lost after leading by 4-plus runs.
• Manny Ramirez won it for the Red Sox with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. It was the 12th time since joining Boston in 2001 that he has had a game-winning RBI in the eighth inning or later. If you don't think that's a high total for a man who ranks third in the major leagues in RBI since 2001, you're right. Thirty-four players have more 8th-inning-or-later game-winning RBI than Manny over that period, including the major-league leader, David Ortiz, with 26.
• Reed Johnson hit a home run against Texas on Monday night and then was hit by a pitch in his next trip to the plate. He became the 22nd major-league player this season to hit a home run and get plunked in his next plate appearance of that same game. But then Johnson got hit with a pitch again his next time up, becoming only the third active player to have a HR-HBP-HBP sequence in a game. Cliff Floyd had one in 2002 with the Marlins and Barry Bonds did it with the Pirates in 1991.
• The Rangers lost 10-1 in Toronto and they have now scored no more than one run in three straight games. That is Texas' longest streak since September 1997. The Rangers were the only major league team that had not had at least one streak of three straight games scoring fewer than two runs since 1998.
• Enrique Gonzalez got the win and had three hits for Arizona on Monday night. Only three other pitchers had 3-plus hits and a victory this season: Ryan Madson, Chan Ho Park and Bronson Arroyo. The only other pitcher to ever do that for the Diamondbacks was Curt Schilling in 2001.
• Byung-Hyun Kim threw a career-high 127 pitches in Monday night's loss at Pittsburgh. That's the most pitches thrown by a Rockies' pitcher in more than five years -- since Mike Hampton had 128 on June 26, 2001.
• Hanley Ramirez entered this month with three home runs in 288 at-bats this season. But on Monday night he hit his fifth home run in 65 at-bats in July. He leads all major-league rookies in home runs this month.
Lindros' career average of 1.18 points per game is the fourth highest among active NHL players with at least 500 points, behind Jaromir Jagr (1.29), Peter Forsberg (1.28), and Joe Sakic (1.20).
• Eric Lindros signed a one-year contract with the Stars on Monday. Lindros played in only 33 of the Maple Leafs' 82 games last season, and he has missed a total of 325 games since entering the NHL in 1992. That represents 31 percent of his team's regular-season games during that time.