Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Main Event

As threatened, there are no game reports today, though I did post a poster. Hope you all can “tune in” Sunday night, but in the meantime, Happy New Year!!

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To Die and Live in L.A.

On the eve of the first of two Pirate-Dodger showdown games in Los Angeles, I overheard this conversation in the rear salon car of the Funky Zipline…

DR. GROSSINGER: In our last session, I believe we were talking about your feelings of sports-rooting inadequacy.

SHERMAN: You were talking. I was ignoring. Continue reading

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The Almost-Final Numbers

Okay, dudes and dudesses, it’s time for the final stats report of 1977 (barring any final ones after the World Series that I can get motivated to post.)  The Carew Watch is hot and heavy, with Rodney a fly’s hairlip below .400.  Foster’s overall numbers are still nuclear, but his power production has dropped considerably at the worst time of the year, along with his MVP chances.  And the Candy Man continues to lead the world in pitching.

But can you guess the major league leader in hits?  How about Garry Templeton at 240, with nine games left to catch Ichiro’s 262—retroactively of course.

AL LEADERS

OPS
1.042 Carew, MIN
1.031 Carbo, BOS
1.025 Thornton, CLE
0.973 Gamble, CHX
0.945 Fisk, BOS
0.944 Yaz, BOS
0.942 Bostock, MIN
0.937 Hisle, MIN
0.933 Singleton, BAL
0.927 Jackson, NYY
0.923 Brett, KC
0.913 Evans, BOS
0.901 Hargrove, TEX

BATTING AVG
.399-Carew, MIN, .356-Bostock, MIN, .330-Brett, KC,
.328-Hisle, MIN, .327-Yaz, BOS, .323-Cowens, KC,
.322-Fisk, BOS, .316-Singleton, BAL

HOMERS
37-Gamble, CHX, 36-Thornton, CLE, 33-Evans, BOS,
32-Jackson, NYY, 32-Yaz, BOS, 31-Nettles, NYY,
31-Carbo, BOS, 28-Harrah, TEX, 28-Fisk, BOS, 0-Kuiper, CLE

RBIs
131-Hisle, MIN, 117-Jackson, NYY, 116-Rice, BOS,
107-Thornton, CLE, 99-Nettles, NYY, 99-Yaz, BOS

GWRBIs
16-SIngleton, BAL, 13-Hisle, MIN, 13-Brett, KC,
12-Cowens, KC, 11-Yaz, BOS, 11-Piniella, NYY,
11-Harrah, TEX

WALKS
118-Hargrove, TEX, 90-Carbo, BOS, 86-Singleton, BAL,
83-Harrah, TEX, 81-Thornton, CLE, 74-Fisk, BOS

WINS
18-8 Perry, TEX, 19-9 Leonard, KC, 18-12 Palmer, BAL,
17-9, Figueroa, NYY, 17-13 May, BAL, 16-11, Garland, CLE,,15-5 Jenkins, BOS

E.R.A.
2.70 Leonard, KC, 2.96 Guidry, NYY

SAVES
22-Campbell, BOS, 18-Littell, K.C., 14-Lyle, NYY,
17-T.Johnson, MIN, 13-Kern, CLE, 12

STRIKEOUTS
216-Leonard, KC, 197-Perry, TEX, 195-Eckersley, CLE,
192-Blyleven, TEX, 189-Guidry, NY

NL LEADERS

OPS
1.067 Smith, L.A.
1.035 Parker, PIT
1.006 Foster, CIN
0.984 Stargell, PIT
0.960 Simmons, STL
0.960 Bench, CIN
0.940 Ferguson, HOU
0.921 Hernandez, STL
0.913 McBride, PHL
0.912 Dawson, MON

BATTING AVG
.369-Parker, PIT, .369-Templeton, STL, .357-McBride, PHL,
.352-Simmons, STL, .332-Hernandez, STL, .328, Smith, L.A.,
.314-Foster, CIN, .312-Valentine, MON, .310-Rose, CIN

HOMERS
52-Foster, CIN, 39-Carter, MON, 39-Bench, CIN,
36-Baker, L.A., 33-Smith, L.A., 33-Dawson, MON,
31-Parker, PIT

RBIs
149-Foster, CIN, 131-Parker, PIT, 128-Bench, CIN,
114-Garvey, L.A., 109-Robinson, PIT,
110-Watson, HOU, 104-Smith, L.A.

GWRBIs
20-Watson, HOU, 16-Rose, CIN, 16-Hernandez, STL,
13-Foster, CIN, 13-Parker, PIT, 11-Valentine, MON

WALKS
108-Morgan, CIN, 100-Smith- L.A., 78-Lopes, L.A.,
76-Schmidt, PHL, 76-Ontiveros, CHC, 74-Cey, L.A.

WINS
22-8 Candelaria, PIT, 21-8 Hooton, L.A., 19-4 Seaver, CIN,
19-9 John, L.A., 19-10 Richard, HOU, 18-10 Carlton, PHL

E.R.A.
2.18-Richard, HOU, 2.29-Candelaria, PIT, 2.81-Seaver, CIN, 2.86-Forsch, STL

SAVES
16-Hough, L.A., 19-Gossage, PIT, 14-Kerrigan, MON,
14-Sambito, HOU, 14-Sutter, CHC, 12-Garber, PHL

STRIKEOUTS
209-Richard, HOU, 198-Carlton, PHL, 182-Seaver, CIN,
179-Rogers, MON, 168-Candelaria, PIT, 163-Hooton, L.A.

GET YOUR TEAM BREAKDOWNS RIGHT HERE! Per usual, here are PDFs of Team Hitting, Team Pitching, and Assorted Miscellany. Your new NL team OPS leaders, the Cincinnati Reds!

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Code Yellow and Black

We camped out in Peachy’s living room for a few days. After getting crushed yesterday in St. Louis (see The Buzz Line), the Bucs were heading into the Dome for a Sunday double-dip en route to their big showdown in L.A., and it seemed a lot more fun than following my depressing Red Sox around. Peachy is actually more stoked about the Rangers’ three games in K.C. on the final weekend, and by then there might only be three of us left to watch it. Continue reading

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Deep in the Heart of the Cotswolds

The Funky Zipline made an unscheduled stop underneath Peachy Calhoun’s house in Jewett Texas, because even with two huge games in K.C. and L.A. today, his Astro and Ranger affairs had the edge in thrills and bizarreness. Before Peachy takes it away, though, I have to warn you. Because he’s an actual resident of 1977, he isn’t subject to the same sad fate as the rest of us, and the Patriot Act Inc. evaporation system malfunctioned  when Houston got eliminated. In other words, Peachy is now one half good ol’ Texas boy and one half English butler. Continue reading

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Murderer’s Rau

LOS ANGELES—So what are you telling me? That I should have faith in my Dodgers despite the half dozen conniption fits they’ve given me lately? That I should take them being two out in the loss column with Pittsburgh coming in next week as a serious thing? That I shouldn’t expect to give a reading of my will soon? Well…for you? Okay.

Game of the Days

Sutton beat these Expos in the first game, making us 14-6 against them. I’ve seen worse. The problem is we got John and Rau going the last two, both lefties, and Montreal turns most lefties into Canadian chopped liver. Good thing they got Bahnsen, because he’s no good, and even after Dawson and Parrish hit solo shots early, Dusty B. pops one in the bleachers with two aboard and we’re up 3-2. Both Lopes and Yeager are out with scratches, those damn malingerers, and Lasorda gets creative and sticks Manny Mota in left leading off, Smith in center and Baker in right. Mota gets two singles in his first three trips, only messes up one flyball into a triple, while Jerry Grote catches and gets a double and triple. Continue reading

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Funky Wonderland

It’s that time of year, when the disco halls are decked, the holly smoked, and holiday hustlers board the non-stop groove train.  To enjoy a bit of time off without losing track of the hot ’77 pennant races, here’s my upcoming schedule of posts for the merrymaking season:

Mon, 12/20, Wed, 12/22
Mon, 12/27, Wed. 12/29 Continue reading

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