As a true, yet beleaguered Metropolitans fan, I am once again not shocked that a former Mets pitcher threw a no-hitter. Or in Philip Humber's case, a perfect game. I have seen this story before. And frankly, I'm over it. Humber became the sixth former Mets pitcher to toss a no-hitter/perfect game, when on Saturday, he threw 96 pitches in route to a 27 up, 27 down perfect performance against Seattle. In case you were wondering, the other six were: Nolan Ryan, Tome Seaver, Mike Scott, David Cone, Dwight Gooden and Hideo Nomo. It should be noted that, Nomo threw a no-hitter before becoming a Met and then again after he left the Mets. Still 50 years and counting for Mets' fans......
The Boston Red Sox celebrated the 100th anniversary (birthday) of Fenway Park this past Friday. I'll give you one guess how that went. On Friday, the Yankees, like they have done over and over in the past 100 years, beat the Sox 6-2. Wasn't anything for the dramatic, but you could probably see it coming. Saturday was really special though. After spotting the Red Sox a 9-0 lead, New York put together back-to-back 7-run innings in the 7th and 8th to beat Boston 15-9. Talk about the phrase, "who's your daddy?"
I for one, counted the Texas Rangers out this year. Now, I'm not saying that they'd be awful, just that they wouldn't make the playoffs. There were too many pitching concerns. Injuries always seem to take there affect on players like Hamilton, Cruz and Beltre. With this said, through 16 games, the Rangers are tearing it up! I like what I have seen from Matt Harrison and Derek Holland. Oh yea, there's a guy by the name of Yu Darvish also. The Rangers will always hit and produce a ton of offense, but their starters have put up some really decent numbers in the first three weeks. The starters have the best record (10-1) in baseball, are 3rd in the Majors in ERA (2.54), they are 5th in BAA (.219), and are 3rd in IP (106.1). Those are outstanding stats for a team not known for pitching. I'm here to tell you now, I may have to eat crow on Texas. Even when Pujols breaks from his season long swoon, I can't see the Angels making up seven games. I know, I know....it's still early.
Staying with the Rangers, it was fitting that Ivan Rodriguez announced his retirement today, at The Ballpark in Arlington. Pudge spent 12 full and part of a 13th season, as the Rangers' backstop. The numbers and accolades are countless. The first ballot HOFer will go in as a member of the Rangers.
1. Philip Humber (Chi-A-) 2 GS, 14.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 16 K, 1 Perfect Game, 1 W
2. Mike Napoli (TX) - 25 AB, 11 H, 7 R, 5 HR, 10 RBI, .440 AVG
3. Freddie Freeman (Atl) - 23 AB, 11 H, 7 R, 3 HR, 14 RBI, .478 AVG
1. Mark Reynolds (Bal) - 23 AB, 2 H, 1 R, 1 RBI, 11 K, .187 AVG
2. Justin Masterson (Cle) - 2 GS, 8.2 IP, 13 H, 10 BB, 12 ER, .351 BAA, 1 L
3. Francisco Liriano (Min) - 2 GS, 7.1 IP, 10 H, 8 BB, 10 ER, .357 BAA, 2 L
Notable pitching matchups for week 4/23 - 4/29 (4/23) Sabathia (NYY) vs Holland (TX), Peavy (Chi-A) vs Colon (Oak) (4/24) Johnson (Fla) vs Santana (NYM) (4/25) Wilson (LAA) vs Hellickson (TB) (4/27) Shields (TB) vs Harrison (TX)