Let’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 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!
Wow. Unlike the other day when there were such slim pickings to choose from around the league, Yesterday was a big day for hitters. Ribs were abundant and everybody was feasting at the plate!
uh, well.. .except the Tigers who seem to have lost their hunger.
Fortunately for them, losing 5 straight hasn’t quite cost them as much as it should. The Twins and Sox have each squandered a great opportunity to catch the Tigers by the tail. Even one win more by each would have had a huge impact. One game! Not to be.
Not that Scott Podsednik didn’t try though. He hit Chicago’s first inside the park HR in 7 years to try and jump start the Pale Hose. His 2 for 5 day also included scoring the winning run in the 10th inning. Not bad Scott. But.. Wild Pitch… eh.. ya know?
Then we have a name we haven’t heard from in a while. Although, something tells me we’ll be seeing a heckuva lot more of him in the very near future.
Ichiro! The whirling dirvish at the plate. Does anybody remember the Tasmanian Devil cartoon? That’s Ichiro at the plate.. .he screws himself in 9 different directions. ; ) (Well, actually only 2 – Load… Unload!) But, no argument from me. He gets the job done. Yesterday he cracked a Home Run and a double. He is now only 2 hits shy of breaking the consecutive 200 hit season mark he holds with Wee Willie Keeler. Now, this guy was a hitter:
It shouldn’t surprise you to see Willie bunting. If you ever have the time …. check out his lifetime strikeout marks.. you’ll be astounded. (Click Here to Check that ; ) But, hey.. back to the present. Who are the contenders?
Jorge Cantu had himself a super marvelous day at the plate and a pretty huge portion of those tasty ribs we said were so plentiful. Cantu Cracked a HR and rapped in 5 RBIs while scoring twice. With the Phillies losing, Cantu’s exploits take on more importance as the Marlins gained some precious ground in the NL East. But.. no Cantu for Yesterday’s Hitter ; )
How about the day that these two Brian’s had? Brian Roberts single handedly put a dampening on the Yanks with a power surge at the plate, knocking in 4 RBIs with one swing of the bat Grand Slam!.. a Grand Salami was Brian’s choice of fare. He had a 3 for 4 day and set a Baltimore franchise record with his 51st Double!! Awesome.
Brian McCann didn’t rub his belly to the same extent, but his Ribs were really big ones! His 2 RBI double in the top of the 9th inning put a much needed W on the board for Atlanta. The Braves are doing everything in their power to stay in this thing. It’s their 3rd W in a row. Come on Chipper!! Be a YH!
This guy.. he was the bomb yesterday.. .in fact.. 2 bombs!
Casey McGehee had a LOT of those ribs. : ) He had 6 of them! His 4 for 5 day included 2 Massive HRs and those 6 RBIs led the Brew Crew to a pasting of the cellar dwelling D-Backs. Casey Loves the desert.. his last two games have netted 7 for 9 at the plate. Heat him up! Super job Casey.. but, say hello to a guy that’s really been off the radar lately. Welcome back Mr. Wright!
David Wright tossed the dork cap (my apologies to the manufacturer. But.. you’ll get it Wright – listen to the player feedback… crucial!) and went back to work at the plate. He ALSO had a huge portion of those Ribbies… 6 of them on David’s plate as well. David also had 2 HR’s. The difference you ask? Well, one of David’s HR’s was a game winner. He hit a 2 out 2 run shot in the 9th inning to secure a win for the Mets. Sure, the Mets aren’t going anywhere very soon. But, it is nice to see that their Captain is back in the drivers seat. Congrats David! Watch his huge day by clicking Here!