Hurricane/tropical storm Irene played havoc with the schedule this weekend, including the cancellation of the Mets’ Jewish Heritage Game, scheduled for yesterday against the Braves. The games originally set for Saturday and Sunday will be rescheduled for a separate-admission day-night doubleheader on Sept. 8. No word yet if the Jewish Heritage event will be held.
So, onward and upward:
It escaped my attention, but when Ryan Braun homered against the Mets on Aug. 20, he became just the ninth player to record at least 150 home runs and 500 RBI in his first five Major League seasons. The elite group includes Chuck Klein (not a MOT), Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Ralph Kiner, Orlando Cepeda, and active players Todd Helton, Albert Pujols and Mark Teixeira. Over the weekend, Braun was 5-9 with four doubles, three walks, and three runs batted in in a three-game sweep of the Cubs. He also notched his 30th stolen bases, so all he has to do is hit five home runs to join the 30-30 club for the first time. Braun leads the league in runs scored, slugging and OPS. The Brewers are in first place in the NL Central, 10.5 games up on the Cardinals, the widest margin in the majors.
|8/28||vs CHC||W 3-2||3||0||2||1||0||0||1||1||0||0||.334|
|8/27||vs CHC||W 6-4||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.332|
|8/26||vs CHC||W 5-2||2||1||2||2||0||0||1||2||0||1||.333|
Ian Kinsler had two hits in 11 at bats with a double and two RBIs as the Rangers took two of three from the Angels. Texas is in first place in the AL West, three games ahead of Los Angeles.
|8/28||vs LAA||W 9-5||4||3||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||1||.245|
|8/27||vs LAA||L 4-8||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.245|
|8/26||vs LAA||W 11-7||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.246|
Scott Feldman did not appear in the series for the Rangers.
Danny Valencia was 4-10 with four doubles and two RBIs as the Twins salvaged the last game of their three-set with the Tigers to break a six-game losing streak.
|8/28||vs DET||W 11-4||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.252|
|8/27||vs DET||L 4-6||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.251|
|8/26||vs DET||L 1-8||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.251|
Sam Fuld appeared in one game of the Rays-Blue Jays series, making the start in right field in Saturday’s 6-5 win.
Craig Breslow appeared in two of the three games against the Reds Sox, totaling 2 innings and giving up three hits and a run in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday to accommodate the storm
|8/27||@ BOS||L 3-9||1.0||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||4||7||30||–||–||4.24|
|8/26||@ BOS||W 15-5||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||3||4||10||–||–||4.14|
John Grabow did not appear in the weekend series against the Brewers.
Michael Schwimer did not appear in the Phillies game on Friday against the Marlins. The rest of the weekend was a washout.
Ryan Lavarnway was returned to the minors when designated hitter David Ortiz came off the disabled list on Aug. 26.