- Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
- Mississippi abortion law can’t be enforced
- Teacher who survived Sandy Hook has book deal
- Jury awards Jesse Ventura $1.8M in case vs. ‘American Sniper’ author Chris Kyle
- Government OKs Arab-owned company to operate U.S. cargo port
- Defense lawyer: McDonnell’s wife had ‘crush’ on CEO
- Chinese hackers stole ‘huge quantities’ of sensitive data on Israel’s Iron Dome
- House unveils bill to speed deportations of illegal immigrant children
- Californians protest middle school for hiring white man to teach cultural studies
- Killer’s sentencing overturned because mother couldn’t find seat in courtroom
Hitters beware! It’s the Year of the Pitcher II
Question of the Day
Yovani Gallardo kept putting up zeros, setting off no-hitter alerts all over. So when he glanced at the Busch Stadium scoreboard, the Milwaukee pitcher clearly saw what was happening.
In Toronto, that is. Because that’s where Justin Verlander was doing even better, working on a perfect game.
“Obviously, you see during the game different scores around MLB and, for some reason, the pitchers always notice that,” Gallardo said.
By the time Verlander and his 100 mph heat finished what Francisco Liriano and his spinners started four days earlier, the stamp on this season was unmistakable.
This is the Year of the Pitcher II. King Felix and his fellow kings of the hill are ruling, with a vengeance.
“The days of slow-pitch softball are over,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
Homers, runs and hits, all down more than 7 percent from last May, reports STATS LLC. And remember: The overall 2010 totals were their lowest since the early 1990s.
“Last year they said it was the year of the pitcher because of all the no-hitters, and this year they’re doing the same thing,” Florida first baseman Gaby Sanchez noted.
All-Stars Felix Hernandez, Tim Lincecum, Josh Johnson and Trevor Cahill are in control, joined by emerging talents Jaime Garcia, Max Scherzer and Justin Masterson. Together, they’ve put Albert Pujols, Magglio Ordonez, Adam Dunn and top sluggers in prolonged slumps.
Hitters, any suggestions?
“Maybe they should move the mound back,” Florida catcher John Buck quipped.
“It’s just baseball evolving, maybe going back to more traditional baseball. It always seems to balance itself out, whatever era it goes through _ steroids or whatever. Baseball seems to balance itself out. So I think it’s the natural course of things,” he said.
A season after Roy Halladay pitched two of the year’s six no-hitters, it seems as if every other day brings a close call.
Already there have been 13 instances of a no-hit bid going into the seventh inning, STATS LLC said. In 2006, when the season started at almost the same time, it had occurred only three times by now.
- Boehner rules out impeachment: 'Scam started by Democrats'
- Obama thanks Muslims for 'building the very fabric of our nation'
- PHILLIPS: Once-in-a-century stupidity
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
- D.C. seeks to stay judge's order allowing gun owners to carry in public
- Obama: 'Not a new Cold War,' but new Russia sanctions announced
- Smugglers, rainstorm combine to poke holes in border fence
- Obama's brother wears Hamas scarf bearing anti-Israel slogans in photo
- Illegal immigrants demand representation in White House meetings
- Hillary Clinton: Forget Obama, George W. Bush made her 'proud to be an American'
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world