The Minnesota Twins may have whiffed on their bid to get
Nobody in baseball gets a higher percentage of swinging strikes than Liriano, who starts Friday in Cleveland. In his past four starts he is 4-0 with a 0.63 ERA while holding hitters to a .168 average. He hit 97 mph in his past start against Seattle and broke off trademark sliders as hard as 90 mph. Lefthanded batters have almost no chance against him; in 114 plate appearances they have no home runs, one walk and a .189 batting average.
That's exactly the kind of pure stuff the Twins need should they get to October. Minnesota's starters are 1-8 with a 4.40 ERA in 14 playoff games since 2003. Liriano never has started a postseason game.
A while back I noticed that managers are reversing a longstanding trend and letting pitchers exceed 120 pitches more often -- and then Cubs manager
Diamond's game marked the 83rd time this season a pitcher threw at least 120 pitches -- already more than occurred in the 2007 and 2008 seasons and on track to blow past the 92 times it happened last year. It appears to be a welcome trend. Managers no longer are completely bound by the pitch counter.
Much was made about
Two things jump out when you break down the seven players by the fewest at-bats needed to hit 600 home runs:
1. Babe Ruth 6,921