Hoffman's outings may be short, but they're certainly sweet lately
In this week's Diamond Digits, the all-time saves leader rolls in typical short-but-sweet fashion, Tigers prefer to run in packs and a rising star in Phoenix goes into the record books in triple-digit fashion.
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At the time of his Brewers' debut, Milwaukee sat in fifth place in the NL Central with an 8-10 mark. But with Hoffman (and his record 563 saves) at the back of the bullpen, the Brewers are 16-4 and have the third best record in the game. Hoffman has appeared in 10 games, all Brewers wins, saving nine without allowing a run or a walk, while striking out nine and allowed just three hits in 10 innings. He also has increased his big-league record for most consecutive appearances of one inning or less to 245 games, dating back to Sept. 29, 2004. For his career, he's pitched one inning or less in 794 of 940 games, passing longtime Brewer
With the bases soaked, Tigers hitters are 18 for 36 on the season with three doubles and four grand slams, including two on Friday night by
At the opposite end of the spectrum are the San Diego Padres, who are a combined 4 for 33 (.121) with a major league-low 12 RBIs in the same situation.
There haven't been too many bright spots in the Arizona desert this summer, but Diamondbacks centerfielder
The free-agent acquisition of Ibañez is shaping up to be one of the most inspired moves of last offseason. During a week that saw the man he replaced in the Phillies lineup,
What is rapidly looking like a lost season for the Mariners third baseman got even worse, as he saw his batting average plummet from .227 to .211 after going 2 for 24 (a .083 average). Beltre managed to double his season's home run total, with his second of the year, but the only base runner he drove in during the six-game stretch was himself. Even while the Mariners were doing well, taking two of three from the Red Sox, Beltre was held hitless and earned a trip to the bench for Monday's game, sitting in favor of utility infielder