In this special just-back-from-a-very-rainy-vacation edition of Diamond Digits, we take a deep look into
Now for the outliers (thanks mainly to Elias Sports Bureau research):
• This was Buehrle's second career no hitter, making him one of just six pitchers with a no-hitter and a perfect game on his résumé. The others are all enshrined in Cooperstown (or will be there soon):
• It was also the third time that Buehrle faced the minimum 27 batters in a game. He's the only pitcher in the expansion era to achieve that.
• The only other active pitchers to have faced 27 batters in nine innings are
• Four of the last five and five of the last seven perfect games have been pitched by southpaws: Buehrle, Johnson, Wells,
Henderson played with the A's for parts of 14 seasons, from 1979 through 1984, and then again in 1989 to 1993, 1994-95 and yet again in 1998 -- a total of 1,704 games, second most in franchise history to
On the ballot since 1995, Rice was elected in his 15th and final attempt before the Baseball Writers Association of America voters, but it shouldn't have taken that long. In light of the performance-enhancing drug scandals of late, it's again important to judge future Hall of Famers based on their place among their peers, and when it comes to the 10-year period between 1977 and 1986, Rice had few if any peers when it came to hitting. He was the major league leader over that span in hits (1,807), RBIs (1,089), multi-hit games (540) and three-hit games (155). His 303 home runs placed second to
Mark Buehrle certainly gets an A+ for the week, but since we've covered him already, the regular honor, in an unprecedented Diamond Digits move, goes to a multi-team player. Matt Holliday was traded from Oakland to St. Louis on Friday for a trio of minor leaguers (third baseman
Thanks in large part to Holliday's big game, Nick Blackburn's dream season took a dramatic turn for the worst this week in California. The big right-hander gave up 13 earned runs in just 8 2/3 innings over starts against the A's and Angels, the former of which entered the contest ranked dead-last in the majors with 376 runs scored. Blackburn's ERA jumped from 3.06 (6th in the AL) entering Monday's game to 3.75 (19th in the AL) following a 3 2/3-inning, six-run shellacking against the Angels in Anaheim. His road ERA has also climbed to 4.58 as compared to a 2.67 within the confines of the Metrodome.