Amos Rusie, known as the "Hoosier Thunderbolt," led the National League in strikeouts five times (over a six-year span), led the National League with a 2.78 ERA in the offense-crazy 1894 season (the league ERA that year was 5.33) en route to the pitching Triple Crown that year and struck out more batters (1,695) through his age-24 season than any pitcher before or since. Rusie was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1977, three-quarters of a century after he threw his last pitch in the Major Leagues.
Christy Mathewson, sometimes known as "Big Six," "The Christian Gentleman," or, more simply, as "Matty," led the league in strikeouts five times over a seven-year span, won five ERA titles, led the league in wins four times, shutouts four times, and won the pitching Triple Crown in 1905 (he'd win another in 1908). He capped off that wonderful '05 season by throwing three shutouts in the World Series. No pitcher since Matty has matched that feat. Mathewson was elected to the inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1936, 11 years after he died at the age of 45.
Tim Lincecum, known affectionately as "The Freak," stands just a few days away from joining Rusie and Mathewson as the only pitchers in Giants history to lead the league in strikeouts in three straight years. With four days left in the regularly scheduled regular season, Lincecum has 231 K's -- 12 more than Roy Halladay. I'm hoping Lincecum stays on top, if for no other reason than it creates a connection from the early days of the National League, through the greatest pitcher in Giants history, to the present.
Lincecum struck out 11 batters and allowed one run on six hits in seven innings to earn his 16th win of the year.
It is the 26th time in his career (a total of 123 appearances) that Lincecum has struck out at least 10 batters.
Fans in four
Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin struck out seven to bring his season total to 138 -- setting a new franchise rookie record. Shawn Chacon owned the previous high, with 134 K's in 2001.
The Brewers' Yovani Gallardo struck out four to bring his season total to 200.
Gallardo is the 14th pitcher this year to reach 200 strikeouts -- the most in a season since 1969, when 15 pitchers reached the plateau.
Gallardo is the second pitcher in franchise history to have at least 200 strikeouts in consecutive seasons. Teddy Higuera reached the mark in 1986-87.
David Wright drove in two runs to reach 100 RBIs for the fifth time in his career. Wright is the only player in Mets history with that many 100-RBI seasons.
RBIs in N.Y.
Jose Reyes hit his 10th triple to give him four seasons of 10 or more doubles, triples and home runs. Among players with 75 percent of their games at shortstop, the four seasons ranks second-most all-time.
R.A. Dickey allowed one run in seven innings and lowered his ERA to 2.86 -- the lowest for a Mets' qualifying right-hander since Pedro Martinez finished the 2005 season with a 2.82 mark.
The Braves beat the Marlins, 5-1, for their 90th win of the season. It is the 15th time manager Bobby Cox has led a team to 90 wins -- tied with Joe McCarthy for the most ever. Cox had been tied with John McGraw, at 14 seasons of 90 or more wins.
Touch'em all, Toronto
Pitching on three days' rest, Derek Lowe allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings and struck out nine to win his 16th game of the season. In five September starts, Lowe is 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA. The appearance marks the second straight day a Braves starter has gone on three days' rest: Tuesday, Tim Hudson allowed one run in six innings.
The Blue Jays hit three home runs in their 8-4 victory over the Yankees. The three homers increased Toronto's total to 247 for the season -- a new franchise record and the fifth-highest total all-time.
Alex Rodriguez hit his 30th home run of the year, and 613th of his career. Rodriguez has 14 seasons with 30+ homers -- tied with Barry Bonds for the second-most ever.
30 and over crowd
Rodriguez has hit 30 homers in 13 consecutive seasons -- tied with Bonds for the most ever.
Rodriguez has 14 seasons with 30 home runs and 100 RBI -- the most ever. Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Manny Ramirez are next with 12 each; Bonds had 11.
Rodriguez has 13 consecutive seasons with 30 home runs and 100 RBI -- the most ever.
Brandon Lyon recorded his 20th save in the Astros' 2-0 shutout over the Reds. Lyon is the second Astros pitcher to have 20 saves this year, joining Matt Lindstrom (23). Houston is the first team since the 1992 Reds to feature a pair of 20-save pitchers.
The Orioles beat the Rays, 2-0, for their seventh team shutout of the season. Six of the seven have come since Buck Showalter took over as manager in early August.
Ryan Braun drove in two runs to give him 419 for his career, tying Dale Alexander for the 12th-most in history for a player through his first four seasons.
Delmon Young hit his 20th homer to become the fifth player in Senators/Twins franchise history to have at least 20 home runs, 40 doubles and 100 RBIs in a season. Young, whose 66 extra-base hits leads the Twins, joins Kirby Puckett (1988), Michael Cuddyer (2006), Torii Hunter (2007) and Justin Morneau (2008) in the 20-40-100 club.
|Year||Team||Pitcher 1||Pitcher 2|
|2010||Astros||Matt Lindstrom||Brandon Lyon|
|1992||Reds||Norm Charlton||Rob Dibble|
|1991||Blue Jays||Tom Henke||Duane Ward|
|1986||Mets||Roger McDowell||Jesse Orosco|
|1983||Giants||Gary Lavelle||Greg Minton|
|1965||White Sox||Eddie Fisher||Hoyt Wilhelm|
The Padres beat the Cubs, 3-0, for their 20th team shutout of the season. San Diego, who is tied with the Phillies for the most team shutouts in the Majors, also tied the club record for most in a season. The 2007 Padres also had 20.
The Giants, Braves and Padres all won, maintaining the status of the NL West and NL Wild Card races. In the West, San Francisco leads San Diego by two games (each team has four games to play, including three against one another); in the Wild Card, the Braves own a 1 1/2 game lead over the Padres. The Braves have three games remaining.
The Yankees and Rays lost, while the Twins won. Tampa Bay owns a half-game lead over New York for the lead in the AL East while the Twins are a game behind the Rays for the best record in the league.
Roger Schlueter is a senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.