October 7, 2008

MLB clutch performances: pennant races 2008

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , — skeptisys @ 10:41 am
young Manny Ramirez rookie card

young Manny Ramirez rookie card

With one third of the baseball season left to play, the L.A. Dodgers picked up one of the greatest hitters to ever play the game, Manny Ramirez.  Manny was simply Manny over the playoff run, hitting an incredible: .396 ave 17 HR 53 RBI 1.232 OPS over 53 games, leading the Dodgers into the playoffs.

Here are some other notable hitting performances during the stretch run (August 1st to end of season):

Denard Span: Twins: 46 runs in 55 games

Ichiro Suzuki: 77 hits in 54 games, 1805 hits in American MLB career

Dustin Pedroia:  in 50 Games, 22 doubles, 40 runs, .353 ave., .585 slg.  Bosox were only 2.5 games ahead of Yanks on Aug. 1.

Miguel Cabrera: Tigers 18 HRs

Jimmy Rollins: 21 SB, 2 CS

Carlos Pena: 13 HRs, 52 BB – helped Tampa Bay to their 1st playoff ever.

Melvin Mora: .388 ave, .657 slg.  Trading Melvin Mora cost the Mets more playoff appearances than trading Tom Seaver!  Speaking of the Mets:

Carlos Beltran: .322 ave with 16 D and 12 HR

Ryan Church: .219 with 2 HR.  ugh!

Miguel Tejada: 18 GIDP in 52 Games! Take that, Jim Rice!  This did not prevent the Astros from achieving the best record in baseball over this stretch, 35-18.  On August 1, only half game separated the Astros and the Pirates.

Melvin Mora swan dances for the Mets.

Melvin Mora swan dances for the Mets.

photos via HomeRunCards and Creative Loafing.

1 Comment »

  1. Good stuff – thanks for noticing.

    I didn’t realize HOW bad Tejada’s late-season run of twin-killings was.

    You won’t hear me questioning what clutch games the Orioles were involved in after August 1. MelMo’s injury cost them a 70-win season.

    Mets coulda won if they watched more Gilligan’s Island. Remember how Gilligan would get conked in the head and weird things would happen sometimes. One more shot to the head and he’d be back to normal. Church was one concussion short of a strong finish.

    Comment by miGIDPuel — October 7, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

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