Bonds remains one-man force
Ten factoids and figure-oids that sum up the 2004 season -- so far (all stats through Tuesday):
Useless Barry Bonds Information
This man has hit more home runs just since age 35 than all these Hall of Famers hit in their whole careers: Roberto Clemente, Roy Campanella, Paul Molitor or Kirby Puckett. And he has hit more home runs since then all of these active players have hit in their careers: Vladimir Guerrero, Ivan Rodriguez, Todd Helton or Javy Lopez.
OK, so it's a technicality. (He was intentionally walked in the eighth game, so it counted as a game appeared in but not as a game played for homer-streak purposes.) But it's still supremely Barry-esque that he averaged more than one game per game.
Johnny Mize, 1947 -- 51 HR, 42 SO
Lou Gehrig, 1934 -- 49 HR, 31 SO
Lou Gehrig, 1936 -- 49 HR, 46 SO
Ted Kluszewski, 1954 -- 49 HR, 35 SO
Ted Kluszewski, 1955 -- 47 HR, 40 SO
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Useless Jake Westbrook Information
But in between, Westbrook faced 21 hitters -- and retired all of them. Which didn't merely mean the Tigers were able to score 10 runs in a game in which they went three hours without a baserunner. It meant Westbrook was the first reliever to throw seven perfect innings (that's 7-0-0-0-0-7 in your box scores), according to the Elias Sports Bureau, since Lindy McDaniel unfurled a 7-0-0-0-0-6 line on Aug. 23, 1968.
McDaniel did it in a 17-inning game, though (also against the Tigers, by the way). So to pull it off in nine innings -- especially in a game in which everyone else who pitched allowed 10 runs in a span of three outs -- is an all-time all-timer.
Casey Cox, Senators -- July 7, 1969 vs. Cleveland (6 2/3-0-0-0-0-1)
John Montague, Mariners -- July 24, 1977 vs. California (6 2/3-0-0-0-0-6)
Woolner reports, on the Baseball Prospectus site, that nine other pitchers currently in the big leagues have thrown hidden perfect games. That figure counts Pedro Martinez, who retired 30 in a row over two starts in 1999 and also had a 1995 game in which he retired 27 in a row in the same game but lost his perfecto in the 10th.
The others who have done it: Carl Pavano and Luis Ayala (both last year), and Hideo Nomo, Randy Johnson, Mike Mussina, David Wells, Rick Reed and Rod Beck over the previous decade. The only two besides Westbrook to do it mostly in relief: Ayala (over nine appearances) and Beck (over five appearances in 1992).
Useless Expos Information
At this rate, the Phillies would score 666 runs this year -- 389 more than Montreal. And no team has ever even approached a gap between worst and next-to-worst anything like that.
Biggest gap since 1900 between the lowest-scoring team and the next-lowest: 142 runs, between the 1922 Braves (596 runs) and Phillies (738). Last team to get outscored by more than 142: the legendary 1899 Cleveland Spiders, whose 529 runs (during a 20-134 season) were 213 fewer than the New York Giants. And let's just say that if you break any of those Cleveland Spiders' records, it's time to consider another line of work. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, already this year the Expos have become:
They didn't play their first game in their alleged home city, Montreal, until Game No. 17. That's three games earlier than last year, but it's still bad. According to Elias, the only other team in modern history to go even 10 games into a season before playing a game in its home city was the 1902 Indians, who finally arrived in Cleveland in Game 13. Ah, but they didn't have Youppi to greet them. Now did they?
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