Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Perfect Doctor

Congrats to the Phillies P Roy (Doc) Halladay for pitching the 20th perfect game in MLB history.  What's amazing is that it was the 2nd perfect game of the season, and the 3rd no-hitter this year.

Halladay fooled the Marlins all day long, ending up with 11 strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 1.99.

Halladay was close to a no-no back on September 27th, 1998, but the Tigers Bobby Higginson broke up the bid in the 9th inning. It was only Halladay's 2nd career start.

This was the 2nd time the Marlins had been no-hit in a season, with the Dodgers Ramon Martinez being the first to do so back on July 14, 1995.

The Phillies now have 10-no hitters in team history with Kevin Millwood the last to pitch one in 2003, and now, 2 perfect games.  It's hard to believe the 10 no-hitters considering the Mets, Rays and Padres have never had a no-hitter in their history.

Here is the list of the 20 perfect games in MLB history:

Roy Halladay, vs FLA May 29, 2010
Dallas Braden, vs TB May 9, 2010
Mark Buehrle, vs TB July 23, 2009
Randy Johnson, vs ATL May 18, 2004
David Cone, vs Montreal July 18, 1999
David Wells, vs Minnesota May 17, 1998
Kenny Rogers, vs California July 28, 1994
Dennis Martinez, vs LA Dodgers July 28, 1991
Tom Browning, vs LA Dodgers Sept 16, 1988
Mike Witt, vs Texas Sept 30, 1984
Len Barker, vs Toronto May 15, 1981
Catfish Hunter, vs Minnesota May 8, 1968
Sandy Koufax, Chicago Cubs Sept 9, 1965
Jim Bunning, vs NY Mets June 21, 1964
Don Larsen, vs Brooklyn Oct 8, 1956 (in World Series)
Charles Robertson, vs Detroit April 30, 1922
Addie Joss, vs Chicago White Sox Oct 2, 1908
Cy Young, vs Philadelphia May 5, 1904

Monday, May 24, 2010

Orlando Hudson returns to Toronto


The "O-Dog" made his return to the city where it all started, Toronto, for a quick 2-game series with the Jays.  The Twins gold-glover was a fan favourite in the city, and enjoyed many great seasons here, including winning his first gold glove at second base.  Known for his great personality, the O'Dog made it clear that 5 years has gone by very quickly.  Only Jason Frasor, Vernon Wells and Aaron Hill are players he can call former-teammates, as the Blue Jays over that span have made many changes.

The Score caught up with the Dog and asked a few "Dog" questions.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Our Fantasy Team: Roto Style

Playing fantasy sports is a favourite of most sports fans, but winning the league of your favourite sport is not an easy task.  Working in the industry, being a die-hard fan of a certain team, or just knowing the league from stats to records won't give you the championship in your league.

Extrabasehit will examine the league it's involved in, and give you background on why some of the moves that were made, were made!

This is a 12-team, roto style league (runs, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, Wins, ERA, WHIP, Strikeouts, Saves)

Here is the team and the on-going transactions. 

Starting Lineup (as of May 23rd)

C A.J. Pierzynski (CWS) .220 AVG 2 HR, 13 RBI
- just picked up due to the Posada injury

1B Prince Fielder (MIL) .262 AVG, 6 HR, 18 RBI
- Braun has drivin in most of the runs to date

2B Dan Uggla (FLA) .280 AVG, 11 HR, 28 RBI
-just acquired for the Jays Shaun Marcum; needed HR power

3B Edwin Encarnacion (TOR) .255 AVG, 6 HR, 14 RBI
-4 HR's in the last 2 games; can't complain since return to lineup

SS Yunel Escobar (ATL) .187 AVG, 0 HR, 8 RBI
-total bust so far this year; almost ready to drop him

OF Carl Crawford (TB) .321 AVG, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 11 SB
-been consistant like expected; low SB numbers though

OF Alex Rios (CWS) .303 AVG, 8 HR, 21 RBI, 13 SB
-big surprise as power has returned and stolen bases are on pace for 35

OF Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) .348 AVG, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 11 SB
-not a lot of RBI chances, but average where it always is; Seattle just doesn't score though

UTILITY Marlon Byrd (CHC) .315 AVG, 7 HR, 25 RBI
-picked up Byrd in mid-April and has hit over .300 since

UTILITY Derrek Lee (CHC) .216 AVG, 5 HR, 19 RBI
-big disappointment so far, fans starting to wonder and so are we

Bench: Felipe Lopez (STL), Chone Figgins (SEA) ouch!, and Gordon Beckham, another ouch.  Hanging onto Beckham for the time being, Figgins is really hurting the team in all categories.

DL Jorge Posada (NYY) .326 AVG, 6 HR, 14 RBI

Pitchers:

SP Roy Oswalt (HOU) 2 wins, 2.66 ERA
-apart from the low run support by team which results in low win total, a surprise after scare from back injury

SP Jake Peavy (CWS) 3 wins, 5.74 ERA
-terrible start, but hung onto him, looked good the last 5 starts

SP Justin Verlander (DET) 5 wins, 3.43 ERA
-also a terrible start, but we knew he would come around after signing the big contract

SP Dallas Braden (OAK) 4 wins, 3.45 ERA
-dropped befoe the perfect game, but was available after it too

SP Mat Latos (SD) 3 wins, 3.28 ERA
-a great pickup before the 1-hitter vs Giants

RP Billy Wagner (ATL) 5 saves
-not a lot of save opportunities of late

RP Chris Perez (CLE) 5 saves
-we think he will be the closer sooner rather then later; again!

RP Heath Bell (SD) 12 saves
-San Diego has been a major surprise, still in first, and playing close games every night

Notable Adds but then dropped:
Jose Bautista on May 3rd
Carlos Ruiz on May 5th
Josh Willingham on May 11
Jason Kubel on May 13

Notable Drops:
Scott Sizemore on April 26
Dallas Braden on April 30
Ike Davis on May 4
Brandon Morrow on May 10
Franklin Morales on May 11 (injured)
Cliff Pennington on May 16 (had Escobar coming back)
Justin Smoak on May 17 (AVG killing us)
Chipper Jones on May 22 (liked the power of Encarnacion)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Oswalt wants out & Pitchers numbers for Saturday

Another day, another Oswalt trade request.  The Astros, now 15-27, last in the National League Central Division, won Friday night, but lost in the fight to keep All-Star pitcher Roy Oswalt.  Upset with how things are shaping up with the team, Oswalt requested a trade out of Houston, but he has a no-trade clause, and the Astros have responded by stating just that.

Management heard about the request days ago, but it has been made public now.  Oswalt has enjoyed a great season to date with a 2.66 ERA, which, if the season ended today would be his lowest ERA ever, but has only 2 wins to show for his efforts.  The 2-6 record is due to the teams lack of offense, and lack of power.

A move is on the way, it will be interesting to see where this 139-76 career pitcher will end up.  Yankees?  Wait and see.

Notes for Saturday's probable pitchers and more

In Arizona, the Blue Jays Dana Eveland will be pitching against the D'Backs on the road where he has had all his success this season: On Road, 2-1, 2.95 ERA, 10 BB, 7 K.

In Pittsburgh, the Braves Derek Lowe looks to go 8-0 vs the Pirates: Lowe in his career is 7-0, 2.89 ERA vs the Pirates and is 5-0 all-time at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

In Cleveland, Fausto Carmona will face the Reds where in his career has gone 9.1 innings pitched, allowing 1 earned run and 5 strikeouts.

In Philadelphia, the Red Sox Daisuke Matsuzaka will pitch vs the Phillies: Raul Ibanez is the only Philadelphia Phillies player to ever hit a home run off Dice-K.  Ibanez in his career vs Matsuzaka: 3-13, HR.

In Oakland, the Giants Matt Cain will look to continue his success in Oakland where is numbers are: 1-1, 15.1 innings pitched, 3 earned runs, 7 walks and 14 strikeouts (1.76 ERA)

The Padres have been on a roll, and much of their success is a tribute to their pitching staff, but then they ran into the Mariners, yes, the Mariners.  Wade LeBlanc went into Friday's start with a 2-1 record and a 1.54 ERA, but the Mariners broke out the bats and scored 8 runs against him.  His line of 3 IP, 6 H, 8 ER turned his ERA into 3.32.

The Blue Jays hit another 6 home runs Friday night vs the D'Backs, extending their league-leading total to 72.  It was the first time the team had hit 6 home runs since 1999.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hayhurst's Book not just about baseball

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dirk Hayhurst is on the 60-day disabled list after showing up in spring training with a shoulder issue, not a good thing for the team, but his book, "The Bullpen Gospels" has been a success on the bookshelves so far.


The book is not just about the baseball world, it is a true story about his life, family life, and thoughts we all might have, he just talks about them to anyone who will listen.

In the book, he discusses what it is really like to go through pitching at the pro-level, and takes you behind the scenes as he takes part in minor-league spring training and different levels of pro-ball.

In the early going in the book, he gets personal, and has funny moments where he talks about a day where the Padres minor-league kids had a talk with the great Trevor Hoffman.  Hayhurst had a question and he asked it, you have to read the book to see what he asked, but it was different, good, but different, and Hoffman let him know.

The National Post did a good review &

The Score.com caught-up with Dirk Hayhurst and asked him questions about the book, after seeing the video you might not understand what he is talking about, but after reading the book, you can figure it out.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Dye to the Padres and That's Random segment on The Score

Since extrabasehit has covered the Jermaine Dye and Jarrod Washburn stories since they became free agents, why not just give you a quick update:

Washburn has stated that he he is happy at home with his family and see's no reason to make a change and pitch at this time.  The Boras camp has said that he had numerous offers (Twins, Dodgers, Mariners), but none to his liking, and thus, no deal.  Stay tuned, he will probably end up in Seattle, just like he wants.

Dye, who still thinks he's worth $10M a season, is now saying he would play for the Padres?  With San Diego currently in first, is this a fit?  And what would it cost them?  The Giants are the team that needs him after being 1-hit by Latos last night.  It would probably cost the Padres around $5M and they payroll is only $40M.

Thescore.com has some great video, and one segment called That's Random has host Brad James talking to MLB players and coaches about random topics.  The latest is with the White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham and his love for rock music and bands.  Check it out

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Below the Mendoza

In a season that has already seen a no-hitter and a perfect game, is it time to give the pitchers the upper-hand on the hitters?  Four Blue Jays hurlers have gone into the 6th with no-no's, and the Reds Cueto had a quiet 1-hitter last night. 

Every night in the majors, one or two pitcher's lines have looked amazing.

So who is this affecting?  Some pretty big names haven't been able to get their seasons together yet.  Is this because of the pitching, or have they just simply lost a step?

Here are a few big names that have yet to hit over .200 this season, thus coming too close to the:

MENDOZA LINE

Mariners 3B Chone Figgins: .188 AVG (career AVG of .288, 349 RBI)

Pirates 2B Aki Iwamura: .175 AVG(career AVG .273)

Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill: .181 AVG (career .281 AVG, 66 home runs)

Blue Jays 1B Lyle Overbay: .167 (career AVG .275, 468 RBI, career AVG in April is .263, career AVG in May is .288: AVG this May is .158)

Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez: .159 AVG (career AVG .283, 267 home runs)

Braves CF Nate McLouth: .172 AVG (career .256, 73 HR, has 1 walk-off HR to his credit this year!)

Astros 1B Lance Berkman: .197 AVG (career AVG 298, 316 HR, injured most of the season, but still off to a slow start)

Astros OF Carlos Lee: .200 AVG (career AVG .289, 309 HR, made the list at .200 since he is a $100M contract guy)

Rays 1B Carlos Pena: .179 AVG (career AVG .245, 207 HR, always seems to be in this situation for average)

Rookies in trouble:

Angels 3B Brandon Wood: .169 AVG (career AVG of .185, will he ever regain the swing he had in the minors?)

Padres OF Kyle Blanks: .180 AVG (career AVG .224, 13 HR, expected to be a big prospect, hits the long ball but thats it, Rob Deer?)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Beckett to miss next start; Halladay will face Jays in Phily

The Red Sox are starting to deal with the injury bug again, as Josh Beckett is expected to miss his next scheduled start Friday vs the Tigers.  No word on when he may make his next start, but the team had already moved him from his original start Wednesday vs the Blue Jays.


The Red Sox are without OF Jacoby Ellsbury (chest), Mike Cameron (kidney stones), P Boof Bonser (groin) and SS Jed Lowrie (Mononucleosis)

Other news:

Astros OF Michael Bourn has been suspended 2 games by MLB for making contact with an umpire Saturday vs the Padres

The Blue Jays had to move their series vs the Phillies June 25-27 due to security reasons from the G20 Summit.  Blue Jays fans will now miss the chance to see P Roy Halladay, who was scheduled to pitched Friday June 25th vs the Jays.  The games will be played in Philadelphia with the Jays being the home team for the series.

*with the Phillies postponed game Tuesday; Halladay is now scheduled to pitch Saturday June 26th vs the Jays

The Braves will retire the number 47 for Tom Glavine at a ceremony August 6 vs the Giants.

The Twins placed SS J.J. Hardy on the 15-day DL with a wrsit injury; they recalled Matt Tolbert from Rochester (AAA) to take his roster spot.


The Brewers OF Ryan Braun is out of the the lineup with a elbow injury suffered last night; stay tuned for any updates.

Around the league

No cycles or perfect games tonight, but here are few things going on around the league.

In Baltimore, a great article from the Baltimore Sun discusses how only 52 balls have been hit onto Eutaw Street in the 19-year history of Camden Yards.

In LA, the LA Times has a story on Mike Piazza wanting to go into the Hall of Fame as a Met and not a Dodger.

In Cleveland, The Plain Dealer discusses the lack of power with the Indians.  The team is 28th in the majors with only 15 home runs.  Only Houston and Seattle have lower totals going into Monday's action.

In Oakland, The Oakland Tribune has many articles on the perfect game by Dallas Braden, as well, the comments from his grandmother about A-Rod, but this article talks about Ben Sheets, and if he is tipping his pitches.

This season
Sheets: 7 starts, 2-3, 6.38 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, 36.2 IP, 46 H, 26 ER, 6 HR, 19 BB, 24 K

Career
Sheets: 228 starts, 88-86, 3.79 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 1464.2 IP, 1448 H, 166 HR, 166 BB, 1230 K

In Boston, The Boston Herald suggest to the other Red Sox starters to start following Jon Lester; even though Beckett will need a few extra days rest this week.

In St. Louis, stltoday talks about the great season Brad Penny is having so far.

Notes:

Blue Jays P Brandon Morrow set a Blue Jays record tonight with 5 walks in the 2nd inning.  He had already tied the record this season in early April with 4, but now holds the record.

Monday, May 10, 2010

The 19 perfect Games in MLB History

After Dallas Braden's perfect game Sunday vs the Rays, there has now been 19 all-time in the majors.

Dallas Braden, vs TB May 9, 2010
Mark Buehrle, vs TB July 23, 2009

(Interesting how the last 2 have been against the Rays in years that they are a competitive team.)

Randy Johnson, vs ATL May 18, 2004
David Cone, vs Montreal July 18, 1999
David Wells, vs Minnesota May 17, 1998
Kenny Rogers, vs California July 28, 1994
Dennis Martinez, vs LA Dodgers July 28, 1991

(Two July 28 dates 3 years apart)

Tom Browning, vs LA Dodgers Sept 16, 1988
Mike Witt, vs Texas Sept 30, 1984
Len Barker, vs Toronto May 15, 1981

(some people forget it was against the Jays)

Catfish Hunter, vs Minnesota May 8, 1968
Sandy Koufax, Chicago Cubs Sept 9, 1965
Jim Bunning, vs NY Mets June 21, 1964
Don Larsen, vs Brooklyn Oct 8, 1956 (in World Series)

Charles Robertson, vs Detroit April 30, 1922
Addie Joss, vs Chicago White Sox Oct 2, 1908

Cy Young, vs Philadelphia May 5, 1904

Dallas Braden's perfect day

Congrats goes out to Dallas Braden, the A's pitcher most known for getting on the bad-side with the Yankees Alex Rodriguez recently, for pitching the 19th perfect game in baseball history.  Braden, fooled the Rays all day on route to the 4-0 win and the milestone that pitchers can only dream of.

Going into todays action, Braden, a 2004 draft pick of the Athletics (24th rounder) was a career 2-6 in May with a 5.28 ERA (2nd worst month of his career.)  He was also 3-2 life-time vs the Rays with a 4.91 ERA (33 innings pitched and 34 hits.)  He also had a career ERA of 4.19 ERA at home before today. 

What I'm trying to say is, there was no indication of this happening, but is there ever one.  Not really. Not in this game.  Anything can happen on any given night at the ballpark, and this just proves it.

Another amazing thing about this today is how many pitchers are coming close this year to no-hitters.  In Toronto alone, Morrow, Cecil, Romero and Marcum have gone 6+ innings with no-hit ball. 

Could there be more to come?  I would bet, yes.

And was there reaction from around the league, yes, but this perfect game came with quotes from Braden's grandmother, who told A-Rod to Stick-it! Story

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Different Stats

Going into action at the beginning of the week, a couple of eye-popping stats stood out. 

The Blue Jays led the AL in home runs (38) and Blue Jays pitchers led in strikeouts (194)

The Mariners were 0-5 when facing a left-hander; 11-9 when facing a right-hander

The Tigers were 10-3 when playing a day game; 6-7 when playing at night

The Royals had only faced 3 left-handed starters vs 22 right-handers

The Giants were 4-0 vs left-handers; 10-10 vs right-handers

The Astros were 4-10 in night games

The Yankees were 0-2 in 1-run games

The Rays were 12-4 vs the AL East

The Cardinals led the NL in ERA (2.56) and had only allowed 10 home runs

The Astros had hit only 9 home runs as a team (the White Sox Paul Konerko has 12 on his own)

The Mariners had hit only 9 home runs as a team; the D'Backs and Jays had 38 as a team)

The Phillies led the majors with 3 complete games (Halladay had 2)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mariners release Eric Byrnes

The Mariners took a chance on Eric Byrnes, and things just didn't work out.  Seattle released the $11M a year outfielder today after hitting only .094 (3-32) ouch!  The career .258 hitter was earning $11 million this year from the existing 3-year deal the Diamondbacks gave him, though, the Mariners only had to pay the minimum ($400,000) to have him on their roster.

In 2006, Byrnes, a fan favourite for his all-out play and say-anything attitude, enjoyed his best season with a career-high in home runs with 26 and followed that up in 2007 with 21 home runs and surprised the baseball world with an alarming 50 stolen bases.  His days in Oakland, where he started, were solid, just never really became the player they thought.

Other news:

The White Sox 1B Paul Konerko leads the majors with 12 home runs.  He has 338 career home runs and at this pace, might hit 50 this year.

Could the Jays SS Alex Gonzalez be the player from the 2004 Marlins?, oh wait, that is the same player, but will he hit 23 home runs and have 79 RBI like that year.  He's on pace for 30 home runs and 100 RBI, so maybe.

Weird stats: the White Sox OF Juan Pierre is hitting .202 going into Monday's action, but has 10 stolen bases, making him a good fantasy option still.  Also, the Reds OF Drew Stubbs is hitting .179 but has 7 stolen bases.  Fantasy owners love guys that can steal I guess.

TOP 5

The top 5 pitchers in the National League

1. Rockies Ubaldo Jimenez (5-0, 0.79 ERA)
2. Nationals Livan Hernandez (3-1, 0.87 ERA)
3. Cardinals Jamie Garcia (2-1, 1.04 ERA)
4. Giants Tim Lincecum (4-0, 1.27 ERA)
5. Phillies Roy Halladay (5-1, 1.47 ERA)