Nothing yet decided in the NL Cy Young race

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On Wednesday afternoon I talked about how the NL Cy Young race was a three-headed monster between Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Clayton Kershaw.  Since then, all three of them have pitched. Here were their lines:

Halladay: 9 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 7 K, 1 BB
Kershaw: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 5 K, 0 BB
Lee: 9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 12 K, 0 BB

Hmm. All frustratingly brilliant. I’m assuming that even if Kershaw hadn’t been tossed from his game that he still wouldn’t have given up any runs. Anyway.

Here’s how they now stand on the season:

Halladay: 18-5, 219.2 IP, 211 K, 30 BB, 8 CG, 2.34 ERA, 1.04 WHIP
Kershaw: 19-5, 218.2 IP, 236 K, 51 BB, 5 CG, 2.30 ERA, 0.98 WHIP
Lee: 16-7, 29.2 IP, 223 K, 42 BB, 6 CG, 2.38 ERA, 1.02 WHIP

In other words, each pitched brilliantly and they remain virtually deadlocked. Which is kind of beautiful when you think about it.

Mariners sweep A’s in two-game Japan Series

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The big news, of course, is Ichiro’s retirement. But there was a baseball game that counted today as well and the Mariners took it. Seattle beat Oakland 5-4 in 12 innings to sweep the two-game Japan Series.

Ichiro may have taken an 0-for-4 in his last game, but Ryon Healy and Mitch Haniger homered for the Mariners, staking Seattle to a 3-0 lead after three. The A’s picked up two in the fifth and Seattle added one via a Jay Bruce sac fly to make it 4-2 in the seventh. Oakland tied things back up, ultimately sending it to extras when Khris Davis singled in Matt Chapman in the seventh. Davis would blow a chance to put Oakland ahead in the 11th when he struck out with the bases loaded.

In the twelfth, Domingo Santana, who hit a grand slam in Seattle’s win in the opener on Wednesday, beat out a would-be double-play with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead and, ultimately, winning run.

The rebuilding Mariners are now 2-0 on the young year. The A’s, who won 97 games last year, are 0-2. Viva the smallest of sample sizes.