Monday, June 13, 2011

Weekend Wonders

After taking two of three from the Angels, the Royals are just 6.5 games back of first place. It feels like they're out of it and has for a while but still, 6.5 isn't all that much, even with three teams in front of them. I think the starting pitching will continue to hold them back but right now they are still relevant, despite their 29-37 record.

After failing to have back to back multi-hit games all year Alcides Escobar rattled off three in a row against the Angels. He went 6/11 with 4 runs in the 3 games. In his last 6 games he's hitting .476/.500/.619 with 3 doubles and 2 stolen bases. The bat may actually be starting to come around, we can only hope. For June he's at .270/.295/.349, those are numbers that I would gladly take over the course of a full season. An OBP near .300, with his plus defense, would be great. It's easy to forget, since he's been so dreadful, but he did show some promise with the bat in the minors (unlike TPJ, so let's quit with that comparison). He hit .298/.353/.409 in 487 AAA plate appearances.

Mike Moustakas had a pretty nice weekend too. He went 3/10 with 3 runs and a very surprising 3 walks, and of course he hit his first career home run on Saturday. His start was fairly similar to that of Eric Hosmer, who also had 3 hits and 3 walks in his first 3 games. These two are going to provide Royals fans with some memorable moments the next half decade or so.

Vin Mazzaro pitched 7 shutout innings in an outing that defied conventional wisdom. He gave up 5 walks and failed to strike out a single hitter. I searched b-r's game finder to see how many times that's been done, now the data runs back to 1919 so it could've been done before that, but Mazzaro is the only one who's done it since. I then set the criteria to 7+ innings, 5+ walks, 0 K's, and 0 runs and got a few more results, 21 more to be exact.

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO
1 Vin Mazzaro 2011-06-12 KCR LAA W 9-0 7.0 5 0 0 5 0
2 Scott Olsen 2008-04-25 FLA MIL W 3-0 7.1 4 0 0 5 0
3 Doyle Alexander 1989-04-24 DET SEA W 1-0 9.0 7 0 0 5 0
4 Ed Halicki 1979-05-17 SFG HOU W 3-0 9.0 2 0 0 5 0
5 Bill Parsons 1973-04-13 MIL BAL W 2-0 7.1 1 0 0 6 0
6 Rich Beck 1965-09-19 NYY DET W 3-0 9.0 9 0 0 5 0
7 Jim Wilson 1957-05-15 CHW WSH W 5-0 9.0 4 0 0 6 0
8 Vern Bickford 1952-07-17 BSN CHC W 1-0 9.0 7 0 0 6 0
9 Johnny Sain 1951-08-07 (2) BSN PHI L 0-1 10.0 5 0 0 5 0
10 Howie Fox 1951-07-13 CIN BSN W 2-0 9.0 5 0 0 5 0
11 Gene Bearden 1950-05-24 CLE WSH W 5-4 7.1 4 0 0 5 0
12 Red Munger 1944-05-14 (2) STL PHI W 1-0 9.0 6 0 0 5 0
13 Elmer Riddle 1943-07-02 CIN BRO W 8-0 9.0 7 0 0 6 0
14 Steve Sundra 1939-08-25 (1) NYY SLB W 11-0 9.0 4 0 0 5 0
15 Joe Krakauskas 1937-09-09 (1) WSH PHA W 13-6 7.0 1 0 0 7 0
16 Ray Benge 1935-07-02 BRO BSN W 5-0 9.0 3 0 0 5 0
17 Ed Brandt 1933-09-19 BSN CIN W 3-0 9.0 4 0 0 5 0
18 Sheriff Blake 1929-07-30 CHC BSN W 4-0 9.0 5 0 0 5 0
19 Percy Jones 1927-04-15 CHC STL W 1-0 9.0 6 0 0 5 0
20 Stan Coveleski 1925-07-03 WSH BOS W 11-0 9.0 4 0 0 5 0
21 Eddie Rommel 1923-05-24 PHA NYY W 1-0 9.0 7 0 0 6 0
22 George Uhle 1921-09-24 CLE NYY W 9-0 9.0 4 0 0 6 0
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I think the moral of the story is that walking 5 and striking out zero is not exactly a recipe for success, despite yesterday's success.

2 comments:

  1. Nice comparison! I didn't realize it was such a feat, what Mazzaro did. He's just bent on making all types of history this year, eh? Some good, some very much anti-good.

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  2. I figured it was rare but was surprised it was that rare. Defense bailed him out though with all those double plays.

    That outing was like Branson, MO - a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there.

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