Numbers inside the numbers highlighted last night’s MLB action.
The Good: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s Garret Anderson had 10 RBI’s in a 18-9 win over the Yankees. He was just two RBI’s away from tying the MLB record set by none other than the legendary Mark Whiten in 1993. Jim Bottomley originally set the record of 12 RBIs in 1924. The thing is Anderson had a chance to tie the AL record of 11 (set by Tony Lazzeri in 1936) or break the MLB record in the bottom of the eight inning. Anderson was batting with 2 outs and runners on first and third. All the man with four hits and 10 RBI already had to do was hit another HR to break the record. What’s he do? Grounds out to shortstop. Geez Garret, get a hit.
The Bad: If Garret Anderson was playing Indians last night, he would have won 10-1 and out hit the Tribe 4-1. Just how pathetic is Cleveland’s offense. Well, they did something for the first time in the history of their franchise, which as been around since 1903. This was the first time the Indians have been one-hit with that one hit being a home run. When your offense is still setting franchise records for awfulness (a much underused adjective) after 106 years of existence, you know you’re bad. And when you have a starting pitcher who throws a complete game, 3-hitter, on 77 pitches (only 18 balls) and he’s 1-4 with a 2.43 ERA since the All-star break, you know your offense is at an awfulness level not seen before.
The Ugly: Unlike Anderson, Mark Reynolds’s of the Arizona Diamondbacks was able to tie a MLB record. However, it’s a record in the complete opposite direction of Anderson and something no one would want to be associated with. Reynolds struck out nine straight times. The only thing that ended his streak was being hit by a pitch. As bad as Reynolds’s has been, as least he reached base last night. He would provide a much needed spark to the Indians line-up.