Nine to Know – July 30, 2012

by Bill Chuck on July 30, 2012

As we await some shocking deal before tomorrow’s 4 pm trade deadline, here’s your Nine to Know for today:

1. The Minnesota Twins, in existence since 1961, are drifting very close to the .500 mark all-time. The Minnesotans are now 4115-4109. It was a lot closer before the Twins swept the Indians this weekend.

2. Justin Morneau homered for the Twins yesterday and now has 198 in a Twin Cities uniform. Here are the leaders since the Twins became the Twins in 1961.

Rk Player HR From To G RBI
1 Harmon Killebrew 475 1961 1974 1939 1325
2 Kent Hrbek 293 1981 1994 1747 1086
3 Tony Oliva 220 1962 1976 1676 947
4 Bob Allison 211 1961 1970 1236 642
5 Kirby Puckett 207 1984 1995 1783 1085
6 Gary Gaetti 201 1981 1990 1361 758
7 Justin Morneau 198 2003 2012 1095 755
8 Torii Hunter 192 1997 2007 1234 711
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/30/2012.

The question remains will Morneau have the opportunity to hit his 200th as a member of the Twins, Minnesota is fielding offers for him.

3. One other big name that may moved is Boston’s Josh Beckett, to the delight of most Red Sox Nation who feel trading him would be addition by subtraction. Beckett was tossed from the bench in last night’s Sox 3-2 10-inning victory over New York. According to the great Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Sox have reached out to the Braves and Rangers to dump the recalcitrant righty. Beckett would have to waive his 10-and-5 rights to agree to any trade, and the Sox would probably still be on the hook for a large portion of the $37.3 million he’s still owed (plus pay for the team oncologist to address his cancerous attitude). The Sox will know in the next seven to ten days if Cranky Carl Crawford will have Tommy John now or drag this charade out until the end of the season.

4. Speaking about the .500 Sox, they took two-of-three in New York thanks in large part to Pedro Ciriaco. Called up July 6 from Triple-A Pawtucket, Ciriaco has go-ahead hits in all three Red Sox wins over the Yankees in nine meetings this season and is 11-for-22 with six RBI against New York. Here are Ciriaco numbers this season versus the Yankees and his other opponents:

Split AB R H 2B 3B RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Chicago White Sox 14 1 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 .357 .357 .571 .929
New York Yankees 22 7 11 2 1 6 3 1 3 .500 .522 .682 1.204
Tampa Bay Rays 11 0 3 0 0 2 1 0 4 .273 .273 .273 .545
Texas Rangers 9 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .222 .222 .222 .444
Toronto Blue Jays 7 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .143 .143 .143 .286
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/30/2012.

5. The Hapless Astros ended their 12-game losing streak defeating the Pirates, 9-5. It was the longest losing streak in club history breaking the 2009-2010 11-game losing streak. Houston has now won one of 10, three of 20, and five of 30. The Astros are now  a big league-worst 35-68.

6. The Pirates are 58-43 and with 61 games remaining they need to go 24-37 to finish over .500. The Buccos have 115 homers this season, the same as the Los Angeles Angels and just three behind the Texas Rangers. Here are the Pirates home run totals 2000 – 2012:

2000

168

2001

161

2002

142

2003

163

2004

142

2005

139

2006

141

2007

148

2008

153

2009

125

2010

126

2011

107

2012

115

7. The Atlanta completed a sweep of the Forlorn Phillies and have now beaten the Phils six straight times after also sweeping them in Philly, July 6-8. Chipper Jones homered for the winners and moved into second place all-time on the extra-base list of switch-hitters.

Rk Player XBH From To G PA AB 2B 3B HR
1 Eddie Murray 1099 1977
1997
3026 12817 11336 560 35 504
2 Chipper Jones 1042 1993 2012 2450 10419 8821 540 38 464
3 Pete Rose 1041 1963 1986 3562 15890 14053 746 135 160
4 Mickey Mantle 952 1951 1968 2401 9907 8102 344 72 536
5 Chili Davis 804 1981 1999 2436 9997 8673 424 30 350
6 Carlos Beltran 803 1998 2012 1864 8129 7118 404 74 325
7 Lance Berkman 801 1999 2012 1800 7508 6225 412 29 360
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/30/2012.

8. The Dodgers completed their sweep of the Giants, 4-0, as Clayton Kershaw pitched a five-hitter for his second shutout of the season, the fifth of his career. San Francisco has lost four straight and were swept at home by the Dodgers for the first time since June 28-30, 2010.

9. Let’s give a lot of love to the Cincinnati Reds who swept the Wretched Wrockies and have now won 10 straight, their longest winning streak since 1998. Here’s how the Reds became the central story in the NL Central:

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB vEast vCent vWest Inter Home Road
1 CIN 61 40 .604 13-8 26-15 15-9 7-8 31-18 30-22
2 PIT 58 43 .574 3.0 14-10 25-16 9-9 10-8 33-16 25-27
3 STL 54 48 .529 7.5 8-13 25-22 13-6 8-7 29-21 25-27
4 MIL 45 56 .446 16.0 4-12 20-22 15-13 6-9 27-26 18-30
5 CHC 42 58 .420 18.5 13-15 16-25 8-8 5-10 26-22 16-36
6 HOU 35 68 .340 27.0 7-11 14-26 8-22 6-9 25-27 10-41
Avg 49 52 .485 9-11 21-21 11-11 7-8 28-21 20-30
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/30/2012.

Shameless plug:
I am happy to say that I will be subbing for Bob Lippman today on the Bob Lobel and Bob Lippman Show on 107.7 WPTL from 1-3 pm. You can listen to the great Lobel and yours truly right here.

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