On June 15th, 1938, Johnny Vander Meer, in only his second big league season, took the mound for the Cincinnatti Reds against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. It was only four days after Vander Meer had no hit the Boston Braves at Crosley Field. Despite walking 8 against 7 strikeouts, Vander Meer pulled off a feat never before accomplished, and yet to be repeated to this day, as he threw his second consecutive no hitter. This was the highlight of Vander Meer’s otherwise nondescript career.
Verlandermeer takes the hill tonight against the 2nd place Kansas City Royals. KC got off to a fast start and has been holding steady since, largely in part to their hitting. The Royals are currently hitting .265 as a team (tied for 2nd in the AL, Tigers are 5th at .257), and are 3rd in the AL with a .758 OPS (Tigers are 7th at .729). The Royals’ team ERA finds them 10th in the AL at 4.18, one spot ahead of the Tigers. Where the Tigers do have the Royals is starting pitching.
Luke Hochevar takes the mound for the Royals tonight with a 4.91 ERA, following up a solid outing against the Athletics where he allowed 1 ER and 4 hits over 7 innings. The three starts prior to that, however, didn’t go so well. In two games against Cleveland and one against Minnesota from late April to early May, Hochevar allowed 15 earned in 18 2/3 with a 1.55 WHIP. On the season Hochevar is striking out only 5.7 per 9, though he does have a salty walk rate of 2.1/9 and 1.15 WHIP. The explanation is XBH, as he’s allowed 28 of them against 19 singles, with 10 of them leaving the yard.
JV is good at pitching. Not much else needed here, other than a great post by the Onion regarding JV’s no hitter.
Maggs finally went on the DL today, with Dirks getting the call-up from Toledo.
Today’s pick to click is Miguel Cabrera. He’s a career .500 hitter off of Hochevar in 20 ABs with 2 bombs.
Lineups will be posted shortly. Dirks did not get the auto just up from Toledo JL start. Odd.
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Scott Sizemore, 2B
3. Brennan Boesch, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Don Kelly, LF
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Brandon Inge, 3B