Sunday's action so far, by the numbers
We're but waist-deep into Sunday's slate of MLB action, but already some compelling numbers have been churned out. Let's have a look.
We're but waist-deep into Sunday's slate of MLB action, but already some compelling digits have been churned out. Let's have a look a Sunday by the numbers (so far) ...
3 - That's how many home runs Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks hit against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. He also missed a fourth homer by about, oh, five feet. For his efforts, Middlebrooks, 24, became the youngest player to hit three bombs in a game since Andrew McCutchen in 2009. On the day, he went 4 for 5 with four RBI, four runs scored and 14 total bases.
8.44 - In matters not unrelated to the number above, that's R.A. Dickey 's 2013 ERA as of this writing. He was brutalized by Middlebrooks and the Red Sox on Sunday. Dickey's command of the knuckler seemed solid enough (63 of his 100 pitches went for strikes), but Boston didn't miss it.
90.89, 92.47 - That's the average four-seam fastball and fastest four-seam fastball that CC Sabathia recorded against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. That's notable because it's a nice little boost in velo compared to his first start of the season. More to the point, Sabathia worked seven shutout innings against the imposing Detroit lineup.
33-0 - That's the combined score of what was supposed to be an intriguing trio of games featuring likely AL contenders. Instead of providing drama, the Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees ritually abused, respectively, the Toronto Blue Jays , Tampa Bay Rays and Tigers.
1983 - That's the division-winning team the Chicago White Sox honored on Sunday by sporting these fetching throwbacks ...
6 - That's how many consecutive one-run games the White Sox and Seattle Mariners have played against each other. The last time a Sox-M's game wasn't decided by a single run? June 3 of last year.
7 - That's Billy Butler 's RBI tally from Sunday, which ties a franchise record. Butler hit a grand slam and a three-run double in KC's 9-8 win over Philly. For the second straight day, the Phils put a crooked number on the board in the ninth, but it wasn't enough to overcome the mighty efforts of Country Breakfast.
8 - That's how many New York Mets that Miami Marlins 20-year-old rookie Jose Fernandez whiffed in his major-league debut. He touched 98 on the gun and allowed just three hits and only one run in five innings. The Fish went on the lose, but Fernandez more than did his part.
135 - That's the number of losses for which the 2013 Houston Astros are on pace. They won't actually lose that many, though. I think.