Holidays are great but around here they put a lot of pressure on a body since the weekly editions go out on Tuesdays.
I’m not gonna bother recapping the weekend, sorry. Just a few key points:
Since May 25,
Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers) was just 4-17, but two of his hits were home runs, giving him 14 which is second best in the NL. He is also first in slugging, fifth in RBIs, seventh in runs scored, and ninth in stolen bases. don’t want to jinx him, but he’s on target for another 30 HR/30 SB year. Care to comment, steroid accusers?
Ian Kinsler (Texas Rangers) had three consecutive games with two hits, including a double in each. In the May 27 game — a 12-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays — he also had a home run (#6) and four runs batted in.
Scott Feldman lost his third straight game (0-3) in a start against the Seattle Mariners last night. In 4.2 innings, he allowed four runs (two scored on a throwing error by the Rangers’ third baseman) on four hits (including a home run) and three walks. With pitcher Roy Oswalt joining the team in the near future, someone has got to go…
Craig Breslow (Arizona Diamondbacks) appear in three games (three innings, one run, four strikeouts). The D’backs lost all three games, but you can hardly blame him.
Ike Davis is 3-13, coming in more often as a pinch-hitter/defensive replacement these days, but he’s been getting key RBIs. he was 1-3 last night as rookie pitcher Jeremy Hefner (not a MOT, but deserving of praise nonetheless, won his first Major league game and hit his first home run. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, “We wish Hefner a better fate than Dennis Tankersley, the last player to record his first home run and his first win in the same game. Tankersley, who did so for the Padres in 2002, never won another game or hit another homer in his big-league career. Among the other players to do it were a pair of Hall of Famers: Hoyt Wilhelm (1952) and Jim Palmer (1965).” The home run was also the first ML hit for Hefner; plenty of batters (relatively speaking) have accomplished that feat. The Mets are a season-best six games over the .500 mark.
Kevin Youkilis was 6-18 during the time frame.
Jason Marquis, designated for assignment by the Minn. Twins last week, could soon be back on a big-league mound, according to MLB.com. Marquis signed with the San Diego Padres, the only team with a worse record that the Twins. There goes my fantasy of a “local’ boy” scenario if he’d have signed with the Mets (or Yankees, I suppose). Maybe he’ll feel more comfortable back in the NL, where he has spent all but the early part of this season over his 13-year career.