* With his next save
Mariano Rivera will join Trevor Hoffman as the only members of the
500-save club. And it’ll be a while before there’s a third member,
because the active leaders after Rivera are Billy Wagner (385), Troy
Percival (358), Jason Isringhausen (293), and Armando Benitez (289).
The next guy to reach 500? Francisco Rodriguez is eighth on the active list with 228 and he’s the only guy in the top 10 who’s under 34 years old.
* Alex Rodriguez’s homer last night
tied him with Reggie Jackson for 11th place on the all-time list at
563. Next up for Rodriguez is Rafael Palmeiro with 569 and and Harmon
Killebrew with 573, but he’ll likely have to wait until next season to
pass Mark McGwire at 583.
* And just to show how different milestones are in New York compared to Tampa Bay, Jason Bartlett set a Rays franchise record last night by extending his hitting streak to … 19 games. Quinton McCracken held the previous record at 18. Of course he did.
The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.
Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.
If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.
Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.
Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.
Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.