- Marco Scutaro led the majors hitting .420 in May, Miguel Cabrera led the AL at .379.
- Pirates pitchers allowed only three homers with runners on base in May, the Blue Jays allowed 18.
- Pirate pitchers allowed the fewest extra base hits in May with 55. The Blue Jays the most with 111.
- Nationals pitchers issued only 53 walks in May, the fewest in the majors; Astros pitchers walked 113, Red Sox 108, and Giants 107.
- Everth Cabrera led the majors with 12 steals in May, Jacoby Ellsbury led the AL with 10.
- Tampa Bay Rays pitchers allowed 28 hits on 0-2 counts; Yankee and Cubs pitchers allowed just five.
- Baseball's successful steal rate in May was 73.2%, but the Rockies were 96% (24-of-25) successful while the Braves stole at rate of just 33% (2-of-6). The Astros stole 15 bases but were caught 13 times.
- The Astros' Robbie Grossman was 2-for-6 in steals in May, his four times CS were the most in the majors.
- Mike Napoli led the majors striking out 38 times in May, followed by Ryan Howard and Adam Dunn, 37 times each.
- Rangers outfielders slammed 17 homers in May, the most in the majors, while the Braves outfield hit only four.
- Miggy Cabrera led the majors with 33 RBI in May, Domonic Brown led the NL with 25.
- On the other hand, the Braves outfield struck out 99 times in May, the most in baseball, while the Baltimore outfield only whiffed 45 times.
- Patrick Corbin and Jason Vargas led all pitchers in May each going 5-0.
- Cole Hamels was 0-6 in May with a 4.95 ERA.
- Texas Rangers batters came through with 11 bases loaded hits in May, Arizona and Houston batters had only one each. Reds batters worked seven bases loaded walks in the month.
- Jose Bautista led the majors taking 119 called strikes in May. Matt Carpenter led the NL with 117, the same as Jason Kipnis of the Tribe.
- R.A. Dickey had three-ball counts on 83 batters in May, the most in the majors.
- Mark Reynolds of the Indians swung and missed 83 times in May, the most in the bigs, Ryan Howard was next with 72, the most in the NL.
- While Reynolds led the AL striking out swinging 31 times in May, the major league leaders were Howard and Matt Kemp with 32 each.
- Pirates lefty batters hit .071 against southpaws in May, Brewers lefties hit .377.
- Anibal Sanchez recorded the most strikeouts of any pitcher in May with 48, just edging Yu Darvish's 47, and teammate Max Scherzer's 45.
- The three best records in baseball in May belonged to NL Central teams: St. Louis 20-7 (.741), Cincinnati 19-8 (.704), and Pittsburgh 19-9 (.679).
- The Giants strike out rate was just 14.7% in May, the best in baseball. Reds batters didn't fair as well whiffing 24.6% of the time, the worst in baseball.
- Jon Lester led the majors throwing 689 pitches in May, Clayton Kershaw led the NL with 651.
- Twins batters took 28 called third strikes in May, the most of any team. The Giants were caught looking just seven times.
- Reds batters swung and missed on strike three 68 times in May to lead the majors, Red Sox batters went down swinging 66 times to lead the AL.
- Dept. of I'd Rather Be Lucky Than Good: The MLB BAbip rate was .297 in May - The Cards had a .379 BAbip to lead the majors, the Red Sox had a rate of .356 to lead the AL.
- The Orioles and the Diamondbacks each had 11 hits on 0-2 counts in May, the Yankees had only one. The O's, Tigers, and Rangers each hit two 0-2 count homers.
- Matt Harvey went full on a batter only nine times in May.
- There were 15 pitchers who had a WHIP under 1.000 in May, but none was lower than Chris Sale's 0.677.
- In May, Jordan Zimmermann faced 171 batters, Bartolo Colon faced 149 batters, Adam Wainwright faced 141, and Hiroki Kuroda faced 122 batters and they each only walked three.
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Entries in Marco Scutaro (5)
"Derek Jeter wasn’t the only Yankee to return to the field Wednesday night.
Andy Pettitte made his spring debut, allowing one run over three innings as the Yankees beat the Phillies, 6-2, at Steinbrenner Field. Pettitte gave up four hits and walked three, striking out three during his 58-pitch outing.
“It’s just good to get back out there and see somebody in a different uniform,” Pettitte said. “Stuff-wise, I didn’t feel great. I felt like my command wasn’t anywhere near where I wanted, but it’s good it gives you something to work on for the next time out.”
Pettitte’s next start will come at the Yankees’ minor-league complex on Monday, when the Bombers have an off-day. He’ll make two more starts after that as he tunes up for the season."
Charlie Manuel doesn't want to retire
"Charlie Manuel figures he has plenty of time to see his grandchildren, play golf and travel the world during the offseason.
Manuel, who is in the final season of his contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, made it clear he wants to continue as manager beyond this year. Retirement plans haven't even entered his mind.
"I still want to manage," Manuel told The Associated Press on Thursday. "I'm not ready for somebody to tell me to go home. I'm not ready to quit managing. I'm not ready to get out of the game."
Manuel is the franchise's all-time leader in wins and only the second manager to lead the Phillies to a world championship. It's widely assumed that Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg, the team's new third-base coach, will eventually replace him as the manager."
Johan Santana irons out issues with Mets
"Johan Santana, sitting in front of his locker at Tradition Field, had been speaking about the recent drama involving himself and the Mets for about five minutes when Jeff Wilpon came by and offered his hand.
“I’m getting old,” the lefty said on his 34th birthday.
“No you’re not,” Wilpon answered, smiling.
And that was the theme at Mets camp on Wednesday: All conflicts between Santana and the Mets are resolved, and everyone is friendly again. Whether that is true on the deepest levels, the mood had clearly changed in the clubhouse."
Marco Scutaro, thinking mans hitter
Scutaro was not baseball's best http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/santana-mets-smooth-article-1.1287445-season pickup in 2012. He was the best late-season pick-up of any baseball season. Granted, I have not done much research on this (like zero), but come on, this might have been the greatest late-season pickup in any sport.
Why Brian Sabean didn't get any love from the Nobel Prize judges, I have no idea. East Coast bias?"
Henry Rodriguez important to Nationals bullpen
"The Washington Nationals are in an enviable position this spring: They have few unknowns. The lineup is complete. The starting rotation has been set since December. Players are entrenched at every position, save for a catcher returning from knee injury. Even the bench figures to be the same.
Then, there’s Henry Rodriguez.
Of all the known commodities on this team, Rodriguez is the enigma. The flame-throwing right-handed reliever can be extreme at either end of the spectrum, otherworldly stuff or mind-boggling wildness."
Red Sox await word on Morales' back
"When spring training began, the Red Sox had a surplus of relievers, including three lefties with considerable major league experience.
The ranks have been thinned.
With Craig Breslow already slowed by soreness in his throwing shoulder, fellow lefty reliever Franklin Morales returned to Boston yesterday to have his cranky lower back examined at Mass General Hospital, manager John Farrell said today. The Red Sox are awaiting the results to determine whether Morales' injury is more than merely inflammation. Regardless, Morales has pitched in only one game and appears likely to open the season on the disabled list.
"He hasn't really made the improvements that we had hoped for," Farrell said."
Hamels tabbed as opening day starts for Phillies
"Cole Hamels has been an All-Star and a Most Valuable Player in the World Series.
And now he'll get to start on Opening Day for the first time.
The Phillies announced Thursday that Hamels, who won 17 games last year, will be on the mound when they open their season April 1 against the Braves at Turner Field. Hamels is 91-60 with a 3.34 ERA, and he's had a winning record in six of his first seven seasons.
Hamels has made at least 20 starts for the Phillies in each of his first seven seasons, but he's never been the first name called out of the rotation. Roy Halladay started on Opening Day in each of the last three years for Philadelphia, and Brett Myers did the honors from 2007-09.
Hamels, the 17th overall pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, has been impeccable this spring. The southpaw has started three times, notching a 2-0 record and a 0.90 ERA. Hamels has made 29 career starts in March and April, posting a record of 13-10 with a 3.74 ERA."
Matt Harrison set for opening day star
"The toe is good to go and Matt Harrison appears to be on track to start Opening Day.
Harrison, who was scratched from his last scheduled start Saturday with inflammation on his second toe on his left foot, worked the first two innings of a ‘B’ game against the Royals on Tuesday morning.
He allowed two runs on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts over his two-inning, 37-pitch outing.
“The toe was good, no pain, no issues,” Harrison said. “Pitching, I felt great. This is the best I felt all spring and I think it’s because I didn’t have to worry about that issue and my legs were back under me and I was able to get better action than the past two games.”
1. Just a thought for Tigers fans - The Giants won Game 2 of the World Series and held the Tigers to two hits and won 2-0. On October 5, 1962, in Game 2 of the World Series, the Giants held the Yankees in San Francisco to three hits and won 2-0.
- The winning pitcher for the Giants was Jack Sanford and the losing pitcher for the Yankees in Game 2 1962 was Ralph Terry.
- In Game 7, 1962, in San Francisco, the Yankees won, 1-0, and the winning pitcher was Terry, the loser was Sanford.
2. Last night was the 50th postseason game in which the losing team was held to two hits or less and the 24th in World Series play.
3. Madison Bumgarner was brilliant last night mixing his pitches and changing location while striking out eight.
- In the 1st, Bumgarner struck out Austin Jackson looking at an 86 MPH slider.
- In the 1st, Bumgarner struck out Omar Infante swinging at an 88 MPH slider.
- In the 2nd, Bumgarner struck out Avisail Garcia swinging at an 88 MPH slider.
- In the 3rd, Bumgarner struck out Doug Fister swinging at an 87 MPH slider.
- In the 3rd, Bumgarner struck out Austin Jackson swinging at an 91 MPH four seamer.
- In the 5th, Bumgarner struck out Delmon Young swinging at an 75 MPH curveball.
- In the 6th, Bumgarner struck out Gerald Laird swinging at an 89 MPH four seamer.
- In the 6th, Bumgarner struck out Omar Infante swinging at an 89 MPH four seamer.
4. Of the 52 teams to take a 2-0 lead in the World Series, 41 have gone on to win the title including 14 of the last 15.
5. The critical moment in this game came in the 2nd inning when Prince Fielder was thrown out at the plate with no one out. Had Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont made the correct call and held Fielder at third, Jhonny Peralta would have been the batter with runners on second and third and no out.
- During the regular season, with a runner on third and less than two outs, Peralta was successful in getting the runner home 11 times (39%).
- During the season with runners on second and third and no out, Peralta was 7-for-24 (and two walks) with two doubles, one homer, four strikeouts, and seven RBI.
6. Now they know how the Yankees felt - In the ALCS, the Tigers pitchers had a 1.38 ERA and a 0.872 WHIP. In Games 1 and 2 of the World Series, the Giants pitchers had a 1.50 ERA and a 0.778 WHIP.
7. The Tigers always held lead sweeping the Yankees and have never held the lead in losing Games 1 and 2 of the World Series.
8. Striking out much?
- The Giants have struck out 16 times in the first two games of the Series with Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco and Brandon Belt whiffing three times each. In 14 postseason games, the Giants have whiffed 106 times (7.57 strikeouts per game) with Brandon Belt whiffing 15 times and Hunter Pence whiffing 14 times.
- The Tigers have struck out 17 times in the first two games of the Series with Austin Jackson striking out four times and Omar Infante whiffing three times. In 11 postseason games, the Tigers have whiffed 86 times (7.81 strikeouts per game) with Austin Jackson whiffing 14 times and Omar Infante whiffing 12 times.
9. Time to shut
Postseason shutouts by the Giants
Detroit's postseason games in which they have been shut out: