Best Math: Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan. According to Passan, the Cleveland Indians have hit the “Panic Number.” Which is 1-6. Which is technically two numbers.
See why we call 1-6 the Panic Number?
It gets uglier when looking at the full seasons of the wild-card era. Since 1996, only three teams have finished above .500 after starting 1-6: the ’04, ’06 and ’07 Phillies, who seem to have a knack for reversing ugly starts.
It’s an interesting read. Check it out.
Worst season opening scheduling: Detroit. The Tigers are in the midst of a 6-game 1pm start time streak, to be followed by 10pm, 9pm, 4pm (Sunday) and then three more 10pm games. What’s a guy got to do to watch the Tigers on the back porch after work and not be up til 3am? Sheesh.
Best Relief Pitcher-Hitter: Nick Swisher. In the throws of a 15-5 rout by the Rays, Swish pitched a scoreless 8th inning for the Yanks (oh, and homered). He’s also hitting .458 with 4 dingers so far on the year. And Eday had a beer with his dad in 2006. What a guy!
Worst Relief Pitcher Hitter: Gabe Kapler. Struck out against the first non-pitcher to throw in a game since Wade Boggs did it in 1997 (also for the Yankees).
Best APIAS homers surprise: BobWicket’s Reds. They’ve looked good and they are above .500. Those two things haven’t been said in the same season since 2005. I love the makeup of this team, now if only Dusty B would play more small ball.
Worst APIAS disappointment: TIE Smooth’s Metropolitans and 2SL’s Cubbies. The Mets have struggled in the close ones (3-4 overall), but the pitching is coming around and Johan is going to be fantastic. The Cubs didn’t go undefeated.
Best Week Ever Ever: Patrick Schuster. All Schuster did last week was throw 3 no-hitters. No shit. THREE NO HITTERS! And his coach couldn’t be less enthused. “He’s on a roll and he’s got confidence in every pitch he’s throwing right now,” Mitchell head coach Scot Wilcox said of his ace. “That’s why we’re seeing so much success out of him.” Yeah, and I guess Scarlett Johanssen isn’t the ugliest girl in the bar tonight. Schuster is a University of Florida signee, but something tells me he might not make it to Gainesville.
NOTE: MLB has forced the takedown of all Youtube video of Nick Swisher pitching. I’m thinking Steinbrenner had something to do with that…