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RSOD - Most Ks on Birthday ! (Starting Pitcher)

On September 10th 2000, Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamond struck out 14 Marlins on his birthday. This is the all time record for MOST strike outs on a players birthday. Johnson received a no decision for his 14K game. In his career, he would throw 39 14K+ games.

Box Score

The Dodgers are getting desperate!

Random Stat: Most GIDP in a Single Season

In 1984 Jim Rice of the Boston Red Sox hit into 36 double plays. 36 Double plays is the most in an entire season. During that season, Jim hit into a double play 18.25% per At Bat. Interesting not, he’s also second on the list with 35 in 1985.

Current active players with the Most GIDP in a season, Billy Butler (32) in 2010, Miguel Tejada (32) 2008.

(Source: baseball-reference.com)

Rubby So Ho!

Rubby De La Rosa, a hot pitching prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league system, made the first start of his Major League career. 

Here is a quick scouting breakdown for De La Rosa, his fastball sits around 93-95 and has been clocked as high as 102MPH. He has a change up that sits around 85-89MPH, with late downward fade and a slider. The off speed pitches still need some work and command is an issue. Baseball America projects Rubby to be a No.2 starter or a closer. 

He has 5 appearances this season out of the Dodgers bullpen. In 5 innings, he has given up 3 hits, 1 walk while striking out 5. 

I made it a point to watch his first start today, even though I’m a pretty big Giants fan. What I saw is a work in progress. He was having a hard time locating his off speed pitch. He walked 5 batters and plated a run do to a bases loaded walk. His fastball overall was very impressive. Very nice movement, sat around 91-93MPH. His off speed pitch issues worried me, only because his arm speed would slow down at times when throwing. 

Overall, I don’t see him as a starer, I easily see him as a closer in the bullpen. His plus fastball with movement, I love. He could be racking up saves as soon as next season. 

Here is his line from Today:

5IP | 4H | 1R | 1ER | 5BB | 4K 96P |46S 

The last big leaguer to have a similar line to win, Carlos Zambrano 6/19/2010

(scouting information provided by Baseball America) 

Probably the best mustache in Minor League Baseball! You can follow the ‘stache @BHarpersStache on Twitter!

Probably the best mustache in Minor League Baseball! You can follow the ‘stache @BHarpersStache on Twitter!

3 Home Runs in a game at Angel Stadium

On June 6 1967, Curt Blefary of the Baltimore Orioles became the first batter to hit 3 Home Runs in a game at Angel Stadium.

Since that date in 1967 a total of 9 other players have hit 3 home runs at Angel Stadium.

Below is a complete list of players who have hit 3HRs at the stadium.

Rk Player Year ▴

1 Curt Blefary 1967 Ind. Games

2 Tony Solaita 1975 Ind. Games

3 Doug DeCinces 1982 Ind. Games

4 Eddie Murray 1985 Ind. Games

5 Reggie Jackson 1986 Ind. Games

6 Wally Joyner 1987 Ind. Games

7 Troy Glaus 2002 Ind. Games

8 Travis Hafner 2004 Ind. Games

9 Andruw Jones 2009 Ind. Games

10 Torii Hunter 2009 Ind. Games

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/2/2011.



Division & Wild Card Predictions

I’ve never done pre-season predictions, but here we go.

AL East

  1. Boston Red Sox
  2. Tampa Bay Rays
  3. New York Yankees
  4. Toronto Blue Jays
  5. Baltimore Orioles

AL Central

  1. Minnesota Twins
  2. Chicago White Sox
  3. Detroit Tigers
  4. Cleveland Indians
  5. Kansas City Royals

AL West

  1. Oakland Athletics
  2. Los Angeles Angels
  3. Texas Rangers
  4. Seattle Mariners

AL Wild Card

  1. Tampa Bay Rays

NL East

  1. Atlanta Braves
  2. Philadelphia Phillies
  3. Florida Marlins
  4. Washington Nationals
  5. New York Mets

NL Central

  1. Chicago Cubs
  2. Cincinnati Reds
  3. St Louis Cardinals
  4. Milwaukee Brewers
  5. Houston Astros
  6. Pittsburgh Pirates

NL West

  1. San Francisco Giants
  2. Colorado Rockies
  3. Los Angeles Dodgers
  4. San Diego Padres
  5. Arizona Diamondbacks

NL Wildcard

  1. Philadelphia Phillies