Nine to Know for April 17

by Bill Chuck on April 17, 2012

Here’s what you should be talking about, reading about, or writing about in baseball today:

  1. Matt Wieters hit his first career grand slam in the 10th inning at U.S. Cellular Field as the Orioles topped the White Sox, 10-4. Last season, Alex Rios, Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Morse and Ryan Roberts hit extra-inning grand slams.
  2. The Tampa Bay Rays behind James Shields topped the Red Sox, 1-0. The winning run scored on a Daniel Bard bases-filled walk. Bard has walked 84 in his career (including seven yesterday) and yesterday was his fourth walk with the sacks filled. He had three last season including two in one game against the Jays.
  3. One more thing about that Sox game: The last time Boston lost 1-0 at Fenway was July 25, 2008 against (you know who) the New York Yankees. The winning pitcher was another reliever turned starter, Joba Chamberlain. Yesterday was the Sox 50th 1-0 loss at home since 1918. They’ve won 69.
  4. Justin Verlander moved to 1-1 on the season and 14-2 lifetime against the Royals as he tossed his 14th career complete game as the Tigers edged Kansas City, 3-2. While Verlander has a 2.13 ERA overall his ERA in innings 2 through 8 is 0.00. Verlander has given up one run in the 1st (3.00 ERA) and including two yesterday, he’s given up five runs in the 9th for a 33.75 ERA.
  5. Dillon Gee and the New York Mets continued to show the Braves really can’t hit as they defeated Atlanta, 6-1. The Braves, with five hits last night, are hitting .224. By the way, on the Sesame Street win tote board, Gee now has 16 career wins; Joey Jay had 99.
  6. Roy Halladay and the Phils topped Tim Lincecum and the Giants, 5-2, in the first regular-season meeting of multiple Cy Young Award winners since Johan Santana and Randy Johnson met up on May 16, 2009. The Phils scored four times in the 1st, which means that Lincecum has now allowed 50 career 1st inning runs including nine this season. Lincecum only allowed eight all of last year and only permitted more 1st inning runs in two other seasons: 10 in his rookie year of 2007 and 16 in 2010.
  7. The Minnesota Twins defeated the Yankees, 7-3, last night behind the pitching of Carl Pavano. Pavano is 1-1 with a 5.23 ERA however his WHIP is only 1.065. Those of us in the Billy-Ball.com newsroom were curious what the lowest WHIP was for a qualified starter with an ERA over 5.00 for a complete season and we found that Randy Johnson holds that honor. In 2006, he had an ERA of 5.00 with a WHIP of 1.239. In 2009, Ricky Nolasco had a 5.06/1.254 combo. BTW: Josh Beckett has an ERA of 5.68 this season with a WHIP of 1.105.
  8. The Nationals defeated the Astros, 6-3, last night as Stephen Strasburg (2-0) walked one and struck out five and saw his ERA rise from 0.69 to 1.42. While I know the opponents were the Hapless Astros, the Nationals are in first place and they did have Strasburg on the mound and it was a beautiful 84 degree night, but in spite of all that, the Nationals drew only 16,245 to the ballpark last night.
  9. Kendrys Morales homered for the first time since he shattered his ankle celebrating a walkoff homer on May 29, 2010, as the Angels topped the A’s, 6-0. Jered Weaver went 6.2 innings and struck out six including the 1,000th of his career.

Here are the active (on MLB rosters) pitchers with at least 1,000 K’s:

Rk Player SO From To IP
2 Jamie Moyer 2410 1986 2012 4031.0
5 CC Sabathia 2032 2001 2012 2376.1
6 Kevin Millwood 1983 1997 2012 2565.1
7 Roy Halladay 1948 1998 2012 2554.0
8 Livan Hernandez 1932 1996 2012 3127.1
9 Johan Santana 1890 2000 2012 1918.2
10 A.J. Burnett 1791 1999 2011 1960.1
11 Ryan Dempster 1780 1998 2012 2057.0
13 Bartolo Colon 1756 1997 2012 2260.1
14 Tim Hudson 1699 1999 2011 2503.1
15 Barry Zito 1691 2000 2012 2268.0
16 Chris Carpenter 1685 1997 2011 2202.1
17 Randy Wolf 1671 1999 2012 2119.2
18 Derek Lowe 1662 1997 2012 2529.1
19 Ted Lilly 1636 1999 2012 1918.0
20 Josh Beckett 1625 2001 2012 1734.1
21 Kerry Wood 1580 1998 2012 1373.2
22 Jake Peavy 1567 2002 2012 1594.0
23 Carlos Zambrano 1552 2001 2012 1838.2
24 Freddy Garcia 1494 1999 2012 2086.2
25 John Lackey 1465 2002 2011 1876.0
26 Dan Haren 1455 2003 2012 1710.1
27 Mark Buehrle 1403 2000 2012 2489.0
29 Aaron Harang 1348 2002 2012 1633.0
30 Cliff Lee 1334 2002 2012 1654.2
31 Brett Myers 1329 2002 2012 1625.1
32 Felix Hernandez 1283 2005 2012 1409.2
34 Justin Verlander 1238 2005 2012 1340.2
35 Bronson Arroyo 1234 2000 2012 1888.1
36 Miguel Batista 1216 1992 2012 1906.1
37 Brett Tomko 1209 1997 2011 1816.0
38 Darren Oliver 1171 1993 2012 1813.1
39 Arthur Rhodes 1152 1991 2011 1187.2
40 Zack Greinke 1144 2004 2012 1290.1
41 Tim Lincecum 1143 2007 2012 1041.2
43 Jon Garland 1124 2000 2011 2083.1
44 Mariano Rivera 1116 1995 2012 1214.2
45 Cole Hamels 1110 2006 2012 1173.2
46 Matt Cain 1100 2005 2012 1332.1
47 Kyle Lohse 1100 2001 2012 1775.1
48 Octavio Dotel 1083 1999 2012 891.1
49 Vicente Padilla 1076 1999 2012 1527.1
50 Carl Pavano 1068 1998 2012 1746.1
52 Joel Pineiro 1058 2000 2011 1754.1
53 Ervin Santana 1041 2005 2012 1309.1
54 James Shields 1040 2006 2012 1248.1
55 Jamey Wright 1017 1996 2012 1831.0
56 Wandy Rodriguez 1011 2005 2012 1187.1
57 Jered Weaver 1000 2006 2012 1152.1
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