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BLOG ARCHIVE: 05/28/04 - 06/04/04
Ken who? He's still a long way from Rogers Hornsby's 13 game streak, but Ken Harvey of the Royals is currently in the midst of a 5 game multi-hit streak (2+ hits/game). That's on top of a regular 12 game hitting streak in which TEN of those games were of the multi-hit variety. Harvey is hitting .551 and will need to start being considered for the All-Star Game if he stays hot for another couple weeks.
Think the Yankees have Baltimore's number this year? In just five games, New York is 5 - 0 against the O's and has outscored them 55 - 29. It's not easy to average 5.8 runs / game and end up winless.
In other news, Vladimir Guerrero has a nice week in just one night, posting 4 hits, 2 home runs, and 9 (NINE!) RBIs last night in a win over the Red Sox.
Another reason why Major League Baseball is at its peak when compared to the other major pro sports: last night's Eastern Conference Championship Game 6 had a halftime COMBINED score of 60! The winning team didn't reach 70 points and, in fact, the team that won (Pistons) only had 27 points at halftime! I am not adverse to a well played defensive matchup, but this type of basketball is just plain ugly. Give me J.D. Drew's game winning home run any day of the week.
Streaky season: in just two short months, the Dodgers have had their share of ups and downs. Despite being tied for first place in the N.L. West, Los Angeles has endured an 8 game losing streak, but has balanced that performance with winning streaks of 6, 5, and 4 games. They are currently riding a 3 game winning streak as they host Milwaukee tonight.
In the latest Hot Corner, I mentioned that A.L. managers don't have a lot of actual "managing" to do and that it's more important for them to keep the players happy and ready for competition. That got me thinking - what if Phil Jackson managed an A.L. team? If he took one offseason studying the game and talked with former coaches, don't you think he could at least take a team like the Orioles and manage them to a .500 record? No offense to Lee Mazzilli (or any other managers), but if Jackson relied on his pitching coach for all pitching matters and instilled his "Zen-like" ability to condition his players for proper "game preparation," how much damage could he do? How many games will he cost the team due to "poor strategy?" I say not many, and he would offset that by keeping his players motivated and playing their best at all times. Often times a team loses with a young or unproven manager because the team doesn't take him seriously or believe in him. Jackson might get laughed at by some because of his lack of baseball experience, but his expertise in dealing with today's pro athlete is second to none. Just something to think about...