May 20, 2021

This Is Not Baseball

I hate Rob Manfred.

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Corbin Burnes of the Brewers has struck out nine or more batters in each of his first seven starts this season. The only pitcher in history to have 9+K in more than his first seven outings is Pedro Martinez (nine starts, 1999).

Randy Arozarena is the first batter in (Devil) Rays history to drive in four runs from the leadoff spot in back-to-back games. He's also the first batter in (Devil) Rays history to have three hits and four RBI in back-to-back games. [May 19 and May 20]

Both of the Yankees' runs in their 2-0 win on Thursday night were knocked in by pinch-hitters. The last time the MFY scored multiple runs in a game with all of them driven in by pinch-hitters was August 15, 1971. John Ellis and Ron Hansen each had a two-run double (in the same inning) in a 4-6 loss to Oakland.

Cincinnati's Max Schrock is the sixth player since 1901 to pinch-hit, pitch, and play first base in the same game. All six instances have happened in the past six years. So zero times in the first 114 years of the NL/AL era, then six times since 2015.

The Diamondbacks had a R-H-E linescore of 2-2-2 on Wednesday, for the first time in their history. The last team to post a 2-2-2 was the Marlins, on May 7, 2011.

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