Ichiro SuzukiLet’s get the ovation out of the way right off the get.. Ichiro Suzuki stands alone as the most consistent hitter in the history of the game. His day wasn’t great (1 hit in each game of a doubleheader), but those two hits gave him 200 on the season. That’s 9 straight! A MLB record that stood much taller than the man that held it – Willie Keeler – now belongs to Ichiro Suzuki. Congrats dude.. but.. you’re not Yesterdays Hitter!

Another little guy made noise at the plate yesterday as the Red Sox officially dispatched of the Rays in the ’09 season. Tumbling Tampa lost for the 11th Straight Game : (


dustin pedroia2.jpgDustin Pedroia crushed the hearts of Tampa in the 8th inning of Game 1 when he powered out a tie breaking 2 Run HR. For all intents and purposes, that was the end of the Rays.

Joe Mauer helped the Twins stay alive as they shut down the A’s 8-0. The folks in Minnesota are probably hoping they didn’t miss their opportunity when the Tigers were losing. Mauer’s 3-4 day included his 27th HR (a career high). Do we have another Albert Pujols here? Suddenly Mauer is producing power and average.  

In a must game for the Giants it was Juan Uribe putting up identical numbers to Joe Mauer. He also had a 3-4 day with an HR and 2 RBIs. The Giants avoided a sweep and kept their post season hopes alive. .a date with the Rockies looms larger now.


How about this guy? Since the birth of his son, Derrek Lee has been unstoppable. He had another solid day yesterday, going 3-4. Hey? Did everybody go 3 for 4 yesterday? What’s going on here?

Aha.. Here’s a 4 for 5 performer: Nate McLouth. Granted, there wasn’t much production out of the 4 hits (1 run, 1 RBI), but.. you can’t sneeze at a 4 hit day. That’s good stuff Nate. It tied a career high for him.. but that doesn’t give you the prize my man.

Yesterday’s Hitter is all about production. You can’t deny that this guy has been producing when it counts. Silly as it sounds, the Yankees needed this win… they needed it to avoid a sweep at the hands of the last place O’s… and they needed it because Boston was devouring the poor Rays over the weekend. Hideki Matsui to the rescue!

Hideki put up the big numbers yesterday with his 5 RBIs as the Bronx Bombers kept Boston at bay for the time being. Matsui restored order in the home by wrapping out a 3-5 day that included his 24th HR that put the game out of reach. The Yankees moved back to 40 games above the .500 mark with that win. Watch Hideki’s tater by clicking Here!

’09 Avg   HR   RBI   Runs
  .275    24    81    55


  1. Jane Heller

    Congrats to Ichiro for another amazing season. He’s a hitting machine. Just amazing. Matsui is an improbable hero this year because of his constant knee problems. Somehow he manages to come up with 100 RBIs every season. I doubt the Yankees will re-sign him, but I’ll sure miss him.


  2. Buz

    Jane, if they don’t re-sign Hideki someone will be very happy… either the team that picks him up.. or at the least all of the teams in AL East : )

  3. TribeTed


    YOu had me on my toes the whole post.

    I wondered who would be crowned “Yesterday’s hitter” due to the fact that Ichiro got his 200th hit.

    I love this post.

    I hope that Ichiro and DJ get to 3000 hits,

    it won’t be easy though.

    NOw Ted’s Take:


  4. mattpeas

    Cool blog sir. This will definately be one of my favorites. I dont have a lot of tme to look at stats and scores and i really dont care to do so (ima Pirates fan, you can see where my baseball interest is fading) but i will be checking this out for time to come. good to see McLouth looking good.


  5. Buz

    Thanks Pitt.. I was just as bummed (as a fan) as I’m sure you were when Pitt held their own version of the Florida Fire Sale. McLouth landed in a great spot. The Braves may not make it.. but he’s in a good spot ..


  6. raysrenegade

    I guess I can say I got to see two of the greatest hitting machines play in my life.
    Not withstanding Tony Gwynn, but Ichiro and Pete Rose were complete opposited in all their idealogies except on smashing that little white ball.
    To watch Ichiro take a part a pitcher with the percison of a surgeon, then seeing Rose just flat out embarrass you is a sight to see.
    Pretty soon we are going to be seeing the future Ichiro or Rose, but I wonder where they are going to come from……………….surely not New York or Boston.

    Rays Renegade


  7. Buz

    Matt, I hope they snap out of it.. but, you’ve seen signs of them fading several games ago. There were some very complacent plays. But.. my word.. 11 in a row? : (

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