September 2013

First Non-Losing Record for Pirates Since 1992

With a win on Tuesday night, against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pittsburg Pirates secured a non-losing record for the first time since 1992.

Letting that sink in for a minute — their first .500 or above season in 21 years — this is a big deal. Not only for the Pirates and their fans, but for fans of all teams around the baseball world. Anytime a teams goes on such a bad skid for so long, you find yourself rooting for them to succeed. And that’s just what everyone has been doing as of late.

img23466604But now isn’t the time to celebrate, according to many. While the Pirates have accomplished something great, by their recent standards, they still need to keep their focus on winning; which they will assuredly do. Although they will undoubtedly make the playoffs, they still determine their own fate, in terms of whether their playoff appearance will be via a division title, or a Wild Card spot — the title, obviously, being their goal.

Many, however, don’t see the Pirates as having a good enough team to hold off the Cardinals and Reds for first place in the National League Central, but I have to disagree. While the Reds and Cardinals are both excellent teams, the Pirates are a completely different team than they have been in years past. A team that I could see making a deep playoff push.

The Pirates have a decent pitching staff — in veterans A.J. Burnett and Jason Grilli (their closer), as well as rookie Gerritt Cole — and while they haven’t been anywhere near dominant for the majority of the year, they’ve found a way to come through in big games–the same holding true for the rest of the team. Andrew McCutchen has had a great season, and newly acquired players, Justin Morneau and Marlon Byrd, are sure to help out in the final stretch.

With just over three weeks remaining in the regular season, where anything can happen, it’s game on in the National League Central. The Pirates, Cardinals and Reds are likely to exchange places a few times in the standings before all is said and done, but in the end, I feel that the Pirates’ magic they’ve had all season long will continue into the post season.

Latest MLB Leaders (March 31st-August 31st)

With the first five months of the 2013 MLB season in the books, I thought I’d take the first day of the new month to recap the season thus far. It’s been exciting, as well as disappointing — depending on how you look at it, and who you’re rooting for.

Instead of talking about the events that have taken place so far this year, I decided to make a list of different categories and beside them name the player(s) that lead that particular category. (I’m planning on posting one more of these after the last day of the season.)

The following lists are categorized into hitting and pitching, but NOT AL or NL:

MLB LEADERS (AL and NL) – HITTING

Most Games Played-Prince Fielder, Dustin Pedroia and Joey Votto. (136)

Most At-Bats-Manny Machado (569)

Most Hits-Miguel Cabrera (173)

Highest Average-Miguel Cabrera (.358)

Highest OBP-Miguel Cabrera (.449)

Highest SLG-Miguel Cabrera (.681)

Most Runs-Matt Carpenter (100)

Most Doubles-Manny Machado (46)

Most Triples-Starling Marte (10)

Most Home Runs-Chris Davis (47)

Most RBI’s-Miguel Cabrera (130)

Most Base On Balls-Joey Votto (107)

Most Strikeouts-Chris Carter (181)

Most Stolen Bases-Jacoby Ellsbury (50)

Most Caught Stealing-Starling Marte (13)

Most Intentional Base On Balls-David Ortiz (18)

Most Hit By Pitch-Shin-Soo Choo (23)

Most Sacrifice Flies-Zach Cozart (9)

Most Total Bases-Miguel Cabrera (329)

Most Extra Base Hits-Chris Davis (85)

Most Grounded Into Double Plays-Matt Holliday (28)

Most Ground Outs-Norichika Aoki (227)

Most Number Of Pitches Faced-Joey Votto (2,531)

Most Plate Appearances-Dustin Pedroia (615)

MLB LEADERS (AL and NL) – PITCHING

Most Wins-Max Scherzer (19)

Most Losses-Lucas Harrell (15)

Best ERA-Clayton Kershaw (1.72)

Most Games Started-R.A. Dickey (29)

Most Games Pitched-Scott Rice (71)

Most Saves-Craig Kimbrel (43)

Most Innings Pitched-Clayton Kershaw (204)

Most Hits Allowed-Joe Saunders (201)

Most Runs Allowed-C.C. Sabathia (109)

Most Earned Runs Allowed-C.C. Sabathia (100)

Most Home Runs Allowed-A.J. Griffin (32)

Most Strikeouts-Yu Darvish (236)

Most Walks-Lucas Harrell (77)

Most Complete Games-Adam Wainwright (5)

Most Shutouts-Bartolo Colon and Justin Masterson. (3)

Best Opponent Avg.-Clayton Kershaw and Jose Fernandez. (.186)

Most Games Finished-Jim Johnson (52)

Most Double Plays Achieved-Adam Wainwright (28)

Most Wild Pitches-Trevor Cahill (16)

Most Balks-Rex Brothers, Edgmer Escalona and Wilton Lopez. (3)

Most Stolen Bases Allowed-John Lackey (34)

Most Pickoffs-Julio Teheran (8)

Most Batters Faced-R.A. Dickey (808)

Most Pitches Thrown-Justin Verlander (3,040)

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