Sports by the Numbers MLB Stat of the Week
52 Goose Gossage, now a member of the Hall of Fame, notched (52) saves in his career during which he pitched more than two innings – an almost unbelievable number. By comparison, Mariano Rivera entered 2008 with 443 saves but had worked more than two innings for a save only once – and Trevor Hoffman, the all-time saves leader, has never pitched more than two innings for a save. Gossage saved 310 games total, and in 125 of those games he recorded six outs or more.
2 **** Williams won (2) World Series titles during his Hall of Fame managerial career. He won it all in 1972 and 1973 with the Oakland Athletics, but he also won pennants with the Boston Red Sox in 1967, and the San Diego Padres in 1984. Williams and Gossage were inducted into the Hall of Fame over the weekend. Williams said during the ceremony, “It’s hard to believe that at age 79, this has to be one of my most memorable times.”
14 Greg Maddux has made (14) consecutive starts without a victory. He won game number 350 of his career back on May 10, but he is 0-5 with nine no decisions since then – including his latest effort which San Diego lost, 9-5, to Cincinnati last week. The Padres have lost his last four starts, and seven out of his last nine.
20 The Florida Marlins struck out (20) times on Saturday against the Cubs – and won. Rich Harden started and struck out ten in five innings for Chicago, but Sean Marshall gave up a homerun to Jeremy Hermida that tied the score 2-2 in the eighth. Hermida, who struck out twice, hit two homeruns in the game – and he also scored the winning run when Jorge Cantu doubled in the twelfth.
24 Philadelphia scored (24) runs in three games against the Braves over the weekend. Atlanta scored 27 runs in the series – winning the opener 8-2, but the Braves blew a six run lead on Saturday and lost 10-9, and then on Sunday Atlanta gave up five homeruns, and blew a 5-0 lead, as they lost 12-10.
83 Baltimore gave up (83) runs in a stretch of 15 consecutive Sunday games – all of which they lost. It was the longest losing streak on a single day of the week in the majors since 2004, when Arizona lost 15 straight Saturday games. The Orioles only scored 43 runs during the streak – but they beat Ervin Santana and the LA Angels 5-2 on Sunday to end the skid. Orioles’ manager Dave Trembley, who was pestered with questions about the streak in recent days, said after the game, “No questions about Sunday – it’s done, it’s dead, put it to rest.”