Earlier this month Royals manager Ned Yost talked about how disappointed he was that more fans weren’t coming to games with the team finally in contention, but here’s the thing: Kansas City has faded down the stretch, going 10-13 since his misguided comments, yet the fans kept coming to the ballpark.
In fact, yesterday the Royals finished the home portion of their season with an attendance of 1,956,482 for their highest total since 1991.
During the 22 years in between the Royals had a grand total of three winning seasons, with a high of 84 wins, and never made the playoffs. Right now they’re 84-70 and fighting for the playoff lives.
Considering all that Royals fans have been through for the past couple decades–some of it inflicted by Yost and his teams–I’d say their attendance was pretty impressive this season.
Astros dynamo Jose Altuve notched multiple hits yesterday for the 10th time in the past 11 games to give him 220 hits on the season, which is the most by any second baseman since Hall of Famer Charlie Gehringer of the Tigers had 227 in 1936.
Here are the leaders since 1937:
JOSE ALTUVE 2014 220
Rod Carew 1974 218
Dustin Pedroia 2008 213
Dave Cash 1975 213
Craig Biggio 1998 210
Steve Sax 1986 210
In terms of the all-time leaders, Altuve currently ranks 11th and if he keeps up his season-long pace for the Astros’ final six games he’d finish with 228 hits to rank fifth all time. Here’s the current top five (with ties):
Rogers Hornsby 1922 250
Rogers Hornsby 1921 235
Nap Lajoie 1901 232
Rogers Hornsby 1929 229
Rogers Hornsby 1924 227
Charlie Gehringer 1936 227
Billy Herman 1935 227
Nap Lajoie 1910 227
Rogers Hornsby was a monster and that would be a pretty amazing list for Altuve to crack.
Twins closer Glen Perkins has been shut down for the season after being diagnosed with what the team is calling a strained forearm and nerve irritation.
Perkins was having an excellent season when neck problems surfaced a few weeks ago and he really struggled while trying to pitch through the discomfort, allowing five home runs in eight games after allowing a grand total of seven home runs in his previous 116 games.
It turns out his arm was a much bigger problem than his neck, although for now the Twins are portraying the news as relatively positive because there’s no structural damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.
Perkins, who had a 2.44 ERA as recently as August 25, finishes the season with a 3.65 ERA and 66/11 K/BB ratio in 62 innings while saving 34 games.
Willie McCovey was hospitalized last week and the Giants released a statement to update his status:
Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey was hospitalized last week for complications stemming from an infection. He is being treated at a local hospital and his recovery is progressing every day. The Giants remain in close contact with Willie and his family and urge all fans to keep Willie in their thoughts as he recovers.
They also urged fans to send McCovey get-well messages via e-mail at email@example.com.
Clayton Kershaw picked up his 20th win of the season this afternoon, reaching that (once-) magic number for the second time in his career and first time since he went 21-5 in 2011.
He wasn’t sharp against the Cubs, allowing three runs while lasting only five innings, but the Dodgers staked him to a 6-0 lead before he even took the mound and scored a total of 14 runs.
Despite spending all of April on the disabled list Kershaw is MLB’s first 20-game winner this season and his ERA now stands at 1.80. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is 218-to-31 in 190.1 innings.
Los Angeles is 22-4 with Kershaw on the mound this season and the Dodgers are now three full games ahead of the Giants in the NL West, pending tonight’s action.