Tuesday, July 18, 2017

MLB Weeks 14 & 15 - The Long and the Short of It

By Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Nice to see that Yankees superstar Aaron Judge took the time to visit with a Houston little leaguer prior to the All-Star break.

Did I mention that I hate losing to the American League?

When I was a child, there were three certainties; 1) You had to pay taxes, 2) You were going to die eventually, and 3) The National League will win the All-Star Game.

Useless Trivia; from 1960 to 1987 the National League won 26 of 31 games (with one tie). Since 1988 the American League has rebounded to win 23 of the last 30 games (also including a tie in 2002). At 43 wins apiece, this marks the first time since 1964 that both leagues are tied in wins.

It looks like Bobby Abreu Syndrome has befallen on another Home Run Derby Champion, Aaron Judge, who is a scintillating one for twenty-one since his dominant victory at the Derby.

The Long of It; Reds Homer Bailey looked like he may have figured it out in his wins at Coors Field against Colorado, and his impressive performance in Phoenix against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Short of It; in Bailey’s two starts against the Nationals, Washington has scored a combined thirty-two runs.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have surpassed hot, they have now become nuclear.

The Dodgers are on pace to win 111 games this year. With that pitching staff, they may do it.

Do you think it’s possible that Joey Votto wins the Triple Crown this season? Don’t laugh, it could happen. As of today, July 18, prior to the Arizona game, Votto is tied for second in home runs – 26, two behind Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton, sixth in runs batted in at 68, just five away from the N.L. leader Nolan Arenado of Colorado, and eleventh in batting average at .308, 36 points behind the Nationals Daniel Murphy.

Although the distance between Murphy and Votto seems insurmountable, Votto usually gets hot in the second half of the season, so anything is possible.

More Useless Trivia; the four-game sweep of Cincinnati by the Washington Nationals marked the first time in Nationals/Montreal Expos history that they swept the Reds in a four-game series at Cincinnati. The Expos swept the Reds in a four-game series at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, July 20 – 23, 1989.

Did you know that the Montreal Expos never won a game at Crosley Field? Cincinnati won all six games at Crosley during the Expos first season in 1969, then the Reds won four straight prior to the move to Riverfront Stadium in 1970. The Expos swept the Reds during their first visit to Riverfront for a two-game series in August 1970.

The thirteen home runs Cincinnati’s anemic pitching staff gave up in the Nationals series tied the most homers allowed by Reds pitching in a four game or fewer series since the Chicago Cubs blasted thirteen homers in a series at Wrigley Field June 27 – 29, 1961.

And so, it goes…and goes…and goes.

Have a blessed week.

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