Around the Diamond: June 23
Jamie Moyer was bombed on June 11 allowing nine runs and nine hits in one inning loss to the Red Sox. However since then in his last two starts against the Yankees and Indians he has allowed only three runs and five hits in 16 innings.
He is currently tied with Bob Feller and Eppa Rixey with 266 lifetime wins for 36th on the all time wins list. He needs three wins to pass Jim Palmer who has 268 wins and needs five wins to pass Mike Mussina and Burleigh Grimes with 270 wins each.
The White Sox were the only team in the AL Central to win yesterday and moved to within three games of the second place Tigers and are four and a half games behind the first place Twins. The White Sox with a 35-34 record have their first winning record since opening day.
Mat Latos of the Padres pitched 50 2/3 innings in his rookie season making him ineligible for the Rookie of the Year award in 2010 since he needed less than 50 innings to be eligible. Otherwise he would have been a strong candidate with his 8-4, 2.93 ERA record. His most impressive stat is that he allowed 26 fewer hits than innings pitched.
Brennan Boesch of the Tigers has hit consistently since making his major league debut with the team. He hit .261 in April, .345 in May and .366 in June. He has not had a prolonged slump like most rookies who hit well at the start and then the pitchers figure them out.
They still haven’t figured out Boesch since he hit three home runs and drove in 15 runs in May but has hit even better in June with seven home runs and 17 runs batted in with seven days remaining in the month. He has an incredible .438 OBP for June and is slugging .718 for the month for a 1.156 OPS for June. He is a lefthanded hitter hitting .462 against lefthanders which is amazing for a rookie.
Boesch leads all players with at least 150 at bats in slugging with a .635 slugging percentage and his 1.027 OPS is third in the majors behind Justin Morneau and Miguel Cabrera.
Josh Hamilton is proving he is an All Star again since he is hitting .476 in June with a .878 slugging percentage for the month and has hit eight home runs and drove in 26 runs with seven days remaining in the month….Prince Fielder has drove in half as many runs as the Brewers team leader Corey Hart who has driven in 54 runs while Fielder has only 27 and Fielders is fifth on the Brewers in runs batted in.
Andy Pettitte 9-2 is on track for a 20 win season. His 2.48 ERA is the third lowest of his 16 year career….Tim Lincecum 8-2 lost back to back games in May to the Nationals and the Rockies but since then he has allowed only seven runs in his last four starts.
Roy Halladay allowed only three home runs in his first 101 innings but has allowed five in his last 14 innings and is 1-3 since his perfect game against the Marlins on May 29….Stephen Strasburg faces a test today starting against the the Royals the best hitting team in the majors with a .280 average.
Ubaldo Jimenez puts his 13-1 record on the line against the Red Sox who are hitting .278 for second best in the majors. John Lackey 8-3 will take the mound against Jimenez and the Rockies.