Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez ranks 2nd in the AL with 158 strikeouts this season, but did you know that he has recorded at least 150 strikeouts in each of his last 8 seasons, all in his age 27 season or younger? Hernandez joins Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven (1971-78) and Walter Johnson (1908-1915) as the only pitchers to accomplish this.
Brian Dozier hit his 9th home run of the season yesterday. Did you know the last Twin 2B to hit double-digit home runs was Luis Rivas who hit 10 in 2004? The most home runs hit by a Twins player that played 2B at least 75% of the time is 14, a first accomplished by Rod Carew in 1975 and duplicated by Tim Teufel in 1984. Dozier has a shot at breaking that record this season. It will be very interesting to see what happens with Dozier who has Twins prospect Eddie Rosario right on his tail. Dozier is playing good defense and showing some power with the bat and his 37 RBI are not too shabby either but his .303 OBP works against him.
It is all over but the shouting if the scoreboard shows the Twins trailing after 7 innings this season. Their record? 3-46.
We will close with a couple of trivia questions for you. Only one Twins player has hit a home run in his first two major league games, name him.
One more, this former Twins player was the batter who hit the foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS at Wrigley Field that Cubs fan Steve Bartman prevented Cubs left fielder Moises Alou from catching with the Cubs leading 3-0 and five outs away from clinching the pennant. He eventually walked and scored as part of the Marlins’ eight-run inning. Who was he?