On The Mark by Mark Mayer | Maybe yelling is the secret to success, even if its just temporary.
Manager John McLaren couldnt take it anymore after the latest five-game losing streak left Seattle at a season-worst 20-39. So after his expletive-deleted rant, the Ms went to Boston the next night and ended the Red Sox home win streak at 13.
It also worked for Chicagos colorful Ozzie Guillen, who dropped a fuselage of F-bombs during an entertaining post-game news conference that promised multiple changes in the batting order. This despite the fact the White Sox were in first place in the AL Central. Since the outburst, the Chisox are 7-0 and have scored 60 runs.
Perhaps some profanity towards 2 for Tuesday or my three-day-a-week Internet picks would be appropriate.
Not much has gone right for the San Diego Padres, but they have been adept in 2-1 games. In fact, the Padres won four consecutive games by that same score, including three over the New York Mets. For the season, San Diego is 5-1 in games ending 2-1. If youre think under betting the Padres, go to the head of the class. The under is 37-26-1.
One last item on San Diego, Keep an eye on ex-Toronto pitcher Josh Banks, who gained a spot in the starting rotation after a being the last man standing in an 18-inning, 12-9 victory over Cincinnati back on April 25. Since then, Banks made two starts and the Padres won both by scores of 5-1 and 2-1.
There have been comments about the lack of run production and certainly, at times, the Los Angeles Dodgers are a testimonial to treating runs like "Wheel of Fortune" vowels. If Vanna White had been pitching, the Dodgers would have to buy them from her.
Thats not the case with either Philadelphia or Texas. The Phillies, keyed by MVP for now Chase Utley, have scored 99 runs in their last 14 games, though interestingly have had seven straight under results. Also, the Phils are 28-11 in starts by Jamie Moyer, Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick.
The Rangers, keyed by MVP for now Josh Hamilton, had posted seven straight overs, and have scored 86 runs in their last 12 games.
A more significant stat regarding pitchers is team records in starts by pitchers. Here are the some of the best and worst:
For example: The Cubs are 10-3 starting Ryan Dempster; SF is 20-6 with Tim Lincecum and Jonathan Sanchez; Washington is 10-2 with Tim Redding and Colorado is 2-11 with Ubaldo Jimenez.
FYI: Overkill on Sidney Ponson. The over is now 8-1 in his starts for Texas. His last four outings 24, 12, 10, 11 total runs.