Sports by the Numbers MLB Stat of the Week
20 The Rays' magic number (20) to win the East. Toronto swept the Rays this weekend, however, and now Tampa must take on the surging Red Sox at Fenway. Tampa needs at least one win in the series to leave town with a lead - albeit a very small one - but the whole season really comes down to this: Tampa plays Boston six times in the next ten days.
1 Toronto scored only (1) run against Rays' pitcher Matt Garza on Sunday - but that was enough for the Blue Jays to sweep Tampa. Garza was the hard-luck loser to Blue Jays hurler David Purcey in the 1-0 game, but just 11 days earlier it was Garza who beat Purcey 1-0 at the Trop. The last time two pitchers traded 1-0 decisions against each other in the same season was 1976.
3 Brandon Webb is 0 for (3) in his quest to win 20 games. The Diamondbacks' ace has also given up at least six earned runs in all three of his attempts - the latest a tough 7-2 loss in a critical series with the Dodgers. In his last three starts, Webb has given up 21 runs, 22 hits, 12 walks, and four home runs - in 13-plus innings of work.
23 Chris Young retired the first (23) batters he faced on Sunday. The Padres hurler flirted with perfection against the Brewers, but Gabe Kapler took him yard with two outs in the eighth to ruin the perfect game, no-hit bid, and shutout with one swing of the bat. The last perfect game in the majors was Randy Johnson's gem on May 18, 2004.
41 The major league record for games (41) with at least five RBI - held by the legendary Lou Gehrig. Manny Ramirez is getting close to catching him, however, as he did it for the 33rd time this weekend. Manny got the Diamondbacks this time, but earlier this year he got the Rays while playing for Boston. In all 33 games that Manny has driven in five or more runs, he has hit at least one home run.
70 David Ortiz went (70) at bats without a home run - but that drought came to an end on Sunday as Big Papi went yard in Boston's 7-2 win at Texas. Ortiz was a member of the Twins the last time he suffered through a longer homerless stretch - 128 at bats in 2002.