By tripling and coming around to score in the first inning of Thursday’s game against the A’s, Derek Jeter moved up one more notch on both the all-time hits and runs scored lists.
Jeter’s hit was his 3,056th, pushing him past Rickey Henderson into 21st place. He’s already moved up seven places since reaching 3,000 last month, and he’ll slide up one more within a few days when he passes Craig Biggio with his 3,061st hit. Further progress will likely have to wait until next year; Dave Winfield sits in 19th place with 3,110 hits.
The run scored was his 1,752nd, breaking a tie with Jimmie Foxx for, once again, 21st place. He should pass Charlie Gehringer at 1,774 and move into 20th place later this year.
While Jeter is the current active leader in hits, he’s second in runs scored behind teammate Alex Rodriguez at 1,810. A-Rod is in 17th place and should pass Carl Yastrzemski, Eddie Collins and Frank Robinson on the list with a healthy final five weeks.
The Rays were set to honor retiring Red Sox DH David Ortiz with a ceremony prior to Sunday’s game, but as Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports, the slugger requested it be canceled out of respect for Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who tragically died early Sunday morning in a boating accident.
Ortiz was seen tearing up as the Rays remembered Fernandez and held a moment of silence:
Kudos to Ortiz for doing the right thing.
With a fourth-inning solo home run off of Phillies starter Jake Thompson, Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson reached the 30-homer plateau for the fourth time in his 13-year career. It’s a moment worth celebrating, only there’s one problem: he has just 56 RBI on the season.
There are many reasons for the low RBI total. 24 of Granderson’s 30 homers have come with the bases empty. He came into Sunday’s action hitting just .140 in 124 plate appearances with runners in scoring position and .197 with runners on base. He has hit leadoff for most of the season, meaning he’s had the Mets’ pitchers hitting “ahead” of him in the No. 9 slot as well as the Mets’ catchers typically hitting eighth. Mets catchers, collectively, have a .296 on-base percentage, the second-worst mark in the National League.
Since the end of August, Granderson has hit cleanup with Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Yoenis Cespedes hitting in front of him. That change hasn’t been for naught, as he has 17 RBI in 21 games since.
Still, Granderson is on pace for the fewest RBI in a 30-homer season. Rob Deer and Felix Mantilla are tied for the record with 64 RBI. Deer (32 HR) accomplished the feat in 1992 with the Tigers and Mantilla (30 HR) in 1964 with the Red Sox. Only eight players have had 70 or fewer RBI in a 30-homer season. Evan Gattis is currently sitting on 30 homers with 68 RBI.