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Friday, July 08, 2005

It is an immutable law of nature, folks, first postulated by Archimedes, that Shit Happens. Occasionally, the nature of such Shit is that good teams get beaten - even whipped, as was the case last night.

You want proof? Fine.

July 9, 1927 - Detroit 14, New York 4
August 9, 1927 - Philadelphia 8, New York 1
(The '27 Yankees, of course, being the gold standard against which all other great teams are measured)

May 10, 1929 - Cleveland 9, Philadelphia 0
June 7, 1929 - St. Louis 15, Philadelphia 6
June 30, 1929 - Washington 12, Philadelphia 2
August 7, 1929 - New York 13, Philadelphia 1
September 29 - Washington 12, Philadelphia 3
September 29, 1929 - Boston 10, Philadelphia 0

July 2, 1931 - Cleveland 12, Philadelphia 4
July 14, 1931 - Detroit 12, Philadelphia 3
July 26, 1931 - Cleveland 13, Philadelphia 2
September 12, 1931 - St. Louis 10, Philadelphia 2

(The '29 and '31 A's were two of the best teams in baseball history that nobody remembers. The '29 team went 104-46 and won the World Series; the '31 club went 107-45 and lost to the Gashouse Gang Cardinals in seven games)

May 2, 1932 - Washington 10, New York 3
May 28, 1932 - Washington 13, New York 5
July 14, 1932 - Cleveland 11, New York 3

(The '32 Yankees had Ruth, Gehrig, Lazzeri, etc. They won 107 games and finished 13 games ahead of the second-place team in the AL, then destroyed the Cubs in the World Series.)

May 17, 1953 - Cincinnati 13, Brooklyn 5
June 18, 1953 - St. Louis 12, Brooklyn 4
July 5, 1953 - New York 20, Brooklyn 6
August 2, 1953 - St. Louis 10, Brooklyn 1
August 26, 1953 - Chicago 13, Brooklyn 4

(The '53 Dodgers won 105 games and finished 13 games in front)

July 20, 1975 - Philadelphia 11, Cincinnati 4
September 9, 1975 - San Diego 11, Cincinnati 2

(You'll never hear Joe Morgan mention these games, but occasionally even the Big Red Machine got creamed. They finished 108-54 and won the Series)

June 12, 1984 - Toronto 12, Detroit 3
July 1, 1984 - Minnesota 9, Detroit 0
July 2, 1984 - Chicago 7, Detroit 1
August 6, 1984 - Boston 10, Detroit 2
August 8, 1984 - Boston 8, Detroit 0
August 14, 1984 - California 12, Detroit 1

(The modern exemplar of a team that was dominant wire-to-wire, the '84 Tigers won 104 games in the regular season and went 7-1 in the postseason. They started the year 35-5...and then promptly got swept by Seattle by scores of 7-3, 9-5, and 6-1)

May 22, 1986 - San Francisco 10, New York 2
July 9, 1986 - Cincinnati 11, New York 1
August 24, 1986 - San Francisco 10, New York 1

(The Mets won 108 games and the World Series that year)

May 6, 2001 - Toronto 11, Seattle 3
May 7, 2001 - Boston 12, Seattle 4
July 5, 2001 - Texas 14, Seattle 2
September 22, 2001 - Oakland 11, Seattle 2

(The Mariners won 116 games that year. 116!)

April 22, 2002 - Seattle 16, Anaheim 5
July 14, 2002 - Kansas City 12, Anaheim 3


This list is by no means comprehensive; I picked those teams from memory. Do a more thorough search and I'm sure you'll find blowouts of the '31 Cards, '61 Yankees, and every other team, at least in the live ball era.

July 7, 2005 - Seattle 10, Los Angeles 2

(Big deal)

Thursday, July 07, 2005

After his homer last night, Garret Anderson now sits eight back of Tim Salmon's franchise record for extra-base hits:

1. Salmon - 643
2. Anderson - 635

He's also creeping up towards second on the home run list:

1. Salmon - 290
2. Brian Downing - 222
3. Anderson - 218

...and should be in second for games played by mid-August:

1. Downing - 1661
2. Salmon - 1596
3. Anderson - 1557

  • Garret Anderson was awesome yesterday, driving in the tying and winning runs and cutting down the potential tying run at the plate. But let's also give it up for Jose Molina, who caught Anderson's throw on the third-base side and moved very well with the ball to block the plate and tag the runner out. Bengie probably makes that play. I think.
  • Speaking of Bengie, he made his second appearance as a DH yesterday. In seven at-bats as the desginated hitter, he's gotten five hits. Meanwhile, he's caught 29.2% of runners attempting to steal, while Jose has caught 56.5%. And, for some reason, opposing runners are actually making more stolen-base attempts against Jose on a per-inning basis; they take off against Bengie at a 0.065/inning clip, while Jose sees them go 0.076 times/inning.
  • For all the squawk and hullaballoo about the green team making it back to .500 (briefly), you'd never realize that they're actually a game further out of first than they were one month ago. Anyone calling them "the hottest team in baseball" would do well to reflect on what that means.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005


Who's there?

Jose Guillen.

Jose Guillen who?


Hey, guess who's reportedly pissed that he's getting hit by pitches, and his own pitchers aren't retaliating?

Support group meets on Thursdays at 7:00, Nats fans. There's coffee and cake.

Awright, so I'm busier'n the proverbial one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest these past few days (Prov. 5:12-16), so the posting, she suffers. Time for bullet points!
  • Can we agree that the jury is, in fact, still out on Ervin Santana? Can we actually, in fact, agree that the jury is going to need standing reservations at the Ramada and an open account at the Chinese delivery place around the corner? The guy looked lost as all hell for the first couple of innings last night, then seemed to settle in and pitch reasonably well, but I'm thinking that everyone's going to breathe a little easier once Kelvim Escobar returns from the DL.
  • Stoneman says he's "not in a trade mode," which is to be expected given his history and the Angels' lack of glaring holes. They need a DH, true, but no GM in his right mind is going to part with a premium prospect to get a DH when the manager is already trying to find playing time for something like 11 potential full-time players. And no opposing GM in his right mind is going to pick up Finley or Cabrera's contract right now. Meanwhile, that same link also indicates that High-A phenoms Brandon Wood and Howie Kendrick are strong possibilities to be promoted to Double-A Arkansas this summer. Fine. I guess that means that Alberto Callaspo and Erick Aybar get promoted from Arkansas to Salt Lake? Gee, that'll be swell for Brian Specht and Zach Sorensen, who will presumably be promoted to the Angels' AAAA farm team on the Moon.
  • Okay, no, actually I see where Sorensen is now getting some time in center field. I suppose that's smart, since at least one outfield slot should be up for grabs in 2007.
  • Tim Salmon's been mooning around lately. He's got the itch. But it looks bad for him to return in this, his final year under contract; he'd basically need to be ready to start a rehab assignment by early August, and then be content with a part-time role through September. It will be interesting to see what he does in the off-season: retire, sign for a vastly reduced salary with another team, or accept a non-roster invite to Angels' spring training, since they'll never be able to offer him a guaranteed spot.
  • Today's game - Byrd v. Santana - is a pretty important one to win, I think. The Angels need to play the good teams tough, especially at home. They've done so with Texas, so far, but what I've seen against the White Sox, Red Sox, and Twins has been somewhat disappointing. Taking this series would be a good step towards establishing the Angels as belonging to that top tier.