Some sleeping giants emerged this week following long slumps, while a slumping Giant is now the most expensive situational lefty in the world. All that and more in this version of Diamond Digits.
Combined hit and RBI totals for Chicago's tandem of
Pitchers since the inception of the 162-game schedule who have lost six games before May 1:
Triple in the career of slow-footed Braves catcher
Facing division rivals Toronto and Boston at home this week, Shields was dominant, limiting Toronto to two earned runs in seven innings, then coming back on Sunday to shut out the Red Sox while allowing just two hits and one walk. In those 16 innings, Shields struck out 12, walked three, allowed eight hits and pitched the up-and-coming Rays into a first-place tie in the AL East, uncharted territory for traditionally woeful Tampa Bay this late in the season. Honorable mention goes to Washington's
While others had worse overall numbers than Reynolds' .120 average with a home run and three RBIs this week (See
Keep an eye on the newly recalled Scherzer. The righty was going crazy in Triple-A Tucson, allowing just three earned runs on 12 hits and three walks in 23 innings. He also struck out an outstanding 38 of the 86 batters he faced, translating into a staggering 14.9 strikeouts per nine innings. Even with a 1.17 ERA and 0.65 WHIP, Scherzer pitched in hard luck; he didn't earn a win any of his starts for the Sidewinders, who at 6-19 are the PCL's worst team. But now he'll be pitching out of the pen for the best team in the major leagues and should quickly cultivate a role a la
They were celebrating in Caracas this week as two native Venezuelans drove in their 1,000th career runs. Detroit's