Mannyless Dodgers Still Winning
Manny Ramirez played his last game on May 6 before being suspended for 50 games. The Dodgers were 21-8 and six and a half games ahead of the second place Giants.
Fast forward to two weeks later and the Dodgers are 29-13 and eight and a half games ahead of the Giants. The Dodgers are 17-3 at home and are the only NL West team with a winning record. So with the suspension 25 percent over the Dodgers have actually gained two games with Manny on the sidelines.
Last night the Dodgers defeated the punchless Mets who haven’t homered in 69 consecutive innings 2-1. Russell Martin drove in the winning run with a single in the eighth inning off of reliever J.J. Putz.
The Dodgers have the most wins of any major league team and have the best winning percentage despite the suspension of Ramirez. The NL West has three teams 10 or more games out of first place in the Padres, Diamondbacks and Rockies.
The Giants are for the most part a one man offense with Benjie Molina leading the team with eight homers and 30 RBI’s. Aaron Rowand and Pablo Sandoval are next in homers with three and Randy Winn is next in runs batted in with 18.
Only five Giants have hit more than one home run this season. The Giants are no threat with their anemic offense and their pitchers are wasting good performances because of the lack of offense. Last night was a prime example with Jonathan Sanchez allowing two hits in six innings and taking the 2-1 loss to the Padres.
The Chicago White Sox did something last night that they hadn’t done in the first nineteen days of May. For the first time in the month a starting pitcher not named Mark Buehrle won a baseball game for the White Sox.
John Danks 3-3 took the 7-2 win for the White Sox. Francisco Liriano 2-5 took the loss for the Twins after giving up seven runs in the fourth inning highlighted by a grand slam by Jermaine Dye.
The new Yankee Stadium yielded six more homers last night as the Yankees and Orioles hit three long balls each in their 11-4 defeat of the Orioles. It was the eighth consecutive win for the Yankees. The win moved them to two and a half games behind the first place Blue Jays in the AL East.
With a major league leading 64 homers at the quarter season mark the Yankees are on a pace to hit 256 home runs this season.
The Cardinals got a boost yesterday with the return of Chris Carpenter 2-0 who pitched five innings of scoreless three hit baseball as he pitched for the first time since April 14th. He took a 2-1 win over the Cubs as Ryan Dempster also pitched well but took the loss for the Cubs.
It is not easy for the Cubs to score runs when their 5-6-7 hitters have these kind of batting averages: Milton Bradley .197, Mike Fontenot .200 and Geovany Soto .202.
Justin Verlander 4-2 pitched his fifth consecutive quality start as the Tigers took a 5-3 win over the Rangers. Verlander has not allowed a home run in those five starts. He has allowed four runs and 19 hits in 35 innings in those five starts while recording 52 strikeouts.
David Ortiz finally hit his first homer of the 2009 season for the Red Sox in their 40th game of the season which is close to being the 25 percent mark of this season. Ortiz has 17 RBI’s and needs only 25 more to catch up with the team leader Jason Bay who has 42.
Justin Upton drove in seven runs for the Diamondbacks in their doubleheader split with the Marlins. His 13th inning three run homer won the second game 11-9 after the Marlins won the first game 8-6.
Hottest and Coldest Teams
The Yankees are the hottest team in the majors with an eight game winning streak and 9-1 in their last ten games. Tigers, Padres and Pirates have five game winning streaks.
The Brewers are 8-2 in their last ten games and are holding a two game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central.
The longest losing streak belongs to the Nationals who have lost seven in a row and are 1-9 in their last ten games. They are on a pace to win 44 games this season.
The Marlins have the next worst record in their last ten games with a 2-8 record. They were 11-1 on April 19 but since then they have been 8-21 and have sank into fourth place in the NL East.
Tragic Loss For Schoeneweis
Gabrielle Dawn Schoeneweis the wife of Diamondbacks reliever Ed Schoeneweis was found dead in their home in Arizona yesterday.
The medical examiner is investigating the cause of death. Her husband was in Florida for a series with the Marlins and flew back to Arizona after hearing word of her death.
They had been married ten years and they had three children of their own and she had a daughter before they were married.
It is a time like this when baseball becomes very unimportant and everyone needs to stop and appreciate the ones close to them. We have no guarantees in life that we will even finish this day alive.
No baseball score is more important than this tragic loss and may the Schoeneweis family find comfort as they face this situation as a family and give each other the support they need as this time.
His Diamondbacks baseball family and extended baseball family have extended words of support and may God watch over this family at this time of loss.