Before you punch those ballots ...
Rod Barajas leads all catchers in homers this season and that's not the only pre-All-Star fact you need to know.
Before we start lurching into all those annual arguments about who should make the All-Star team, it's time to get our facts straight. Especially the facts that we weren't quite anticipating in March.
So we bet you didn't know that (through June 24) ...
Useless Devil Rays Information
How unlikely was that 12-game winning streak by the Devil Rays? Here's one way to look at it:
|Useless Bullpen Info|
Here, according to the folks from the Rolaids relief program, are the three previous teams to achieve that dubious feat:
2002 Cubs 23 saves, 25 blown saves
The five lowest percentages heading into this year:
2002 Cubs 23 for 48, .479
If they keep up this pace (which would be tough), they would blow 45 for the season -- and break the current record around the first week of August. Here are the most blown saves in the 16 previous seasons:
33 Rangers 2002
But that's not all ...
Love those Devil Rays.
Useless Interleague Information
16 (1988-2004) Jamie Moyer
13 (1936-1949) Ralph Winegarner
13 (1980-1993) Charlie Hough
12 (1945-1957) Bud Byerly
.524 -- 2004 Devil Rays (11-1, .917 vs NL, 22-34, .393 vs. AL)
.351 -- 1997 Expos (12-3, .800 vs. AL, 66-81,.449 vs. NL)
.340 -- 2002 Reds (2-10, .167 vs AL, 76-74, .507 vs. NL)
.333 -- 2002 Red Sox (5-13, .278 vs. NL, 88-56, .611 vs. AL)
.326 -- 2004 Padres (3-9, .250 vs. AL, 34-25, .576 vs. NL)
One question: How the heck could we not have had a Cubs-Red Sox interleague series? Think some network might want to televise those three games?
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