Sports by the Numbers MLB Stat of the Week
32 The Rays' streak is over. Losing streak, that is -- because after posting (32) consecutive defeats during games in which they gave up nine or more runs, Tampa rallied for a 10-9 victory against the Orioles on Saturday. Since 2000, Tampa is just 5-200 in games during which they gave up nine or more runs-but these are the Devil Rays we are talking about. The exorcism they held in the off-season appears to have worked, and we are getting close to magic number time.
11 Alex Rodriguez is a rally-killer. The Yankees star grounded into his (11th) double play of the month on Saturday -- this one came in the ninth with runners on first and second and no outs. The Yankees were down a run in a game they had to win -- but they lost. No other player in franchise history has ever hit into that many double plays in one month. He did hit the ball hard and later said of Blue Jays third baseman Jose Bautista, "He made an unbelievable play. I don't know how he made that play let alone got two outs on it."
25 Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel went yard on Saturday for the (25th) time this season. The Elias Sports Bureau reports that Ankiel is just the second player in baseball history to have a season with 25 or more starts as a pitcher and a season with 25 or more home runs -- the only other player to do it was Babe Ruth.
182 Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia leads the A.L. with (182) hits as play begins on the final day of August. It helps that he went 4 for 4 against the White Sox on Friday -- and that he went 4 for 4 against them again on Saturday. The last time a member of the Red Sox posted back-to-back games with at least a 4 for 4 performance was on June 21, 1938.
235 The New York Yankees won (235) consecutive games at home when they held at least a four run lead in the seventh inning -- until Saturday. Toronto scored three in the eighth and two in the ninth to stun the Yankees and end the longest such winning streak in franchise history.
286 The number of career home runs (286) for Lance Berkman after he beat the Cardinals with a walk-off blast on Friday night. It was the first walk-off home run of his career -- and his total of 286 home runs is the highest in history for any player at the time of their first walk-off bomb. The previous record was 275 -- held by the rally-killer, A-Rod.