Starlin Castro, Jamie Moyer Set Records
Jamie Moyer of the Phillies had been in the major leagues for five years and was 28 when Starlin Castro of the Cubs was born but the two players had something in common last night when they both set major league records.
Moyer at 47 became the oldest pitcher to record a shutout in a 7-0 win over the Braves. The win was Moyer’s 262nd of his career. His career started 26 years ago in 1984 with Geneva of the New York Penn League.
The Cubs made two of the best picks ever in the 1984 draft when they drafted Greg Maddux in the second round with their 31st overall pick. They chose Moyer in the sixth round with their 135th overall pick.
After last night’s win by Moyer he and Maddux have recorded 617 major league wins.
Meanwhile in Cincinnati 20 year old rookie Starlin Castro set a major league record for most runs batted in by a player in their first game by driving in six runs. The magnitude of this achievement is even more evident when considering that major league baseball has been played for 141 years.
Castro homered in his first major league at bat despite only hitting one home run for the Tennessee Smokies in 109 at bats. He had hit only nine home runs in 1,098 major league at bats.
He had become 20 on March 24 which was less than two months ago. This kid is special or the Cubs wouldn’t have called him up at such a young age.
It is ironic that the Cubs who had scored only five runs total in a three game series loss to the Pirates scored a season high 14 runs last night with Castro in the lineup.
The Cubs front office had to be optimistic that Castro would perform well at the major league level or they would have promoted him to AAA Iowa.
Castro can be seen on Comcast-Chicago and FSN Ohio today and will be seen on WGN and FSN Ohio tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s game will match Castro against Reds righthander Mike Leake 2-0 who has never played in the minor leagues.
Around the Diamond
What a difference a year has made for Zack Greinke. After winning the AL Cy Young award in 2009 he is 0-4 after seven starts but he has had five quality starts and allowed 2 runs in 5 innings in another start so has only had one bad start this season.
His 2010 numbers are similar to his 2009 numbers. He had an ERA of 2.16 in 2009 compared to 2.51 in 2010. He held batters to a .230 average last season and .233 this season. His WHIP numbers were 1.07 in 2009 and the number is actually lower in 2010 with a 1.05 mark.
Josh Beckett continues to struggle this season after giving up nine runs in five innings to the Yankees. His ERA soared from 6.31 to 7.46 and opponents are hitting .311 against Beckett. His ERA in night games is 8.47.
Albert Pujols hit five homers in his first seven games but has hit only two in his last 23 games. His average at the end of April was .345 but has fell to .313 after the first seven games in May. He hit .345 in April but is hitting only .214 in May.
The White Sox may have the worst batting average of any major league team but it is not because they are not hitting the ball as evidenced by last night’s game which they lost to the Blue Jays 7-4 in 12 innings. They struck out only twice in the 12 inning game.
Juan Pierre didn’t help the White Sox offense by having an 0-6 night in the contest. Seven of the White Sox ended the game hitting .238 or lower.
Mark Buehrle recorded a quality start but Bobby Jenks failed to keep the score tied at 3-3 after allowing the Blue Jays to take a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth. A.J. Pierzynski helped the White Sox avoid defeat by tying the game 4-4 in the bottom of the frame with his second homer.
J.J. Putz allowed a game winning walkoff home run to Alex Gonzalez in the 12th inning raising his ERA from 2.70 to 4.91. The Gonzalez home run was his ninth of the season surpassing his total of eight in 2009 in 266 fewer at bats.
Vladimir Guerrero continued his hot streak last night as he has hit four home runs and driven in 12 runs in his last four games.