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Nine innings, nine items. Ladies and gentleman of the Stew, your latest serving of morning Juice.

1. The scarlet record: Simply because the Red Sox have dropped to 0-4 with a 3-1 loss to the Indians on Tuesday night, it would be easy to say that the sky is falling and there's no hope for the rest of the season.

That's because the sky is falling and there's no hope for the rest of the season!

Or something.

The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham reports on Extra Bases that no 0-4 team has ever won the World Series. No 0-4 team has even reached a World Series, if you were thinking about making hotel reservations anyway so as to enjoy the experience.

• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two out of 128 playoff teams since 1995 have reached the postseason after an 0-4 start — the 1999 Arizona Diamondbacks and the 1995 Cincinnati Reds.

Abraham adds that he's "not sure what any of that really means" and bets that every World Series winner had a four-game losing streak at some point -- just not at the beginning of the season.

Well, I'll tell you what it means. It just means we're overdue for an 0-4 World Series winner

2. Sori-loser: Not only did Rafael Soriano(notes) squander a big lead for the New York Yankees in a 5-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins, he didn't even hang around afterward to explain himself to reporters. You leave Boone Logan(notes) holding the bag and call yourself a true Yankee? We'll just see about this.

3. Hey, Hamels? Anyone tell Cole Hamels(notes) this isn't how it's supposed to work? In the last turn of the first loop through the Philadelphia Phillies' Four Aces rotation, the pitcher with the most tenure at CBP gave up a six-run third inning during a 7-1 loss to the New York Mets.  Happy days were here again for the Mets, too: Jose Reyes(notes) and David Wright(notes) went a combined 6 for 10.

4. You saw them when: Kudos if you were actually at the Rangers Ballpark for the Alexi Ogando(notes)-Michael Piñeda start Tuesday night. Texas improved to 5-0 after Ogando threw six shutout innings. Piñeda stood as tall as possible against that lineup, giving up three runs over six innings in his big league debut.

5. Blue man group: The Royals won for the fourth straight time in their last at-bat, 7-6 in 12 innings against the White Sox.

"These first five games have been the funnest five games I ever played in my life," Billy Butler(notes) said.

Don't tease Billy like this, baseball gods!

6. Decide: Mike Scioscia wasn't waiting for Fernando Rodney's(notes) mechanics to catch up with the rest of the Angels. The skipper ejected Rodney as the Angels closer after two poor outings and replaced him with child Jordan Walden(notes). The baseball gods, as if on queue, put the Angels in a save situation immediately. The kid came through, converting for Jered Weaver(notes) in the Angels' 5-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays.

7. The Hero Gallardo: The Brewers were 0-3. They were cold, tired and alone. They needed a streetwise Hercules to reach down and pull them up from despair.

Enter: Yovani Gallardo(notes).

8. Yay, Yunel! Holding out for a hero, Part 2: Toronto's Yunel Escobar(notes) hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to secure a 7-6 win over Oakland. The A's had it coming to 'em after an ugly sixth inning featured two errors and four runs.

9. J is for Jhoulys: "Anytime you hold a team to no runs, you pitch pretty good," says Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki(notes). Using the Mullet's logic (and why wouldn't we?), Jhoulys Chacin(notes) is pretty good. The young Rockie held the Los Angeles Dodgers to five hits and no runs over seven innings in a 3-0 win. Clayton Kershaw(notes) struck out eight, but had to settle for second best.

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