For the weekend of June 6-7, 2015:
The day after after I posted a nice article about Carlos Carrasco, his three-game win streak came to an end. Sorry to jinx you, man.
Félix Hernández won on Saturday night in front of his Seattle “court,” boosting his record to 9-2. He has a legit shot at 20 wins; the closest he’s come is 19 in 2009.
The King also passed Carlos Zambrano on the all-time MLB wins list last month. Only Johan Santana and Freddy García are ahead of him in the VZ win column; at 134, he’s 5 behind El Gocho but won’t reach Fast Freddy’s 156 total until next season.
Wilmer Flores hit another home run in the first-place Mets’ win over Arizona on Sunday; he leads all MLB shortstops with 9 round-trippers.
In the same series, we saw up-close-and-personal just how fast Ender Inciarte of the Diamondbacks is, taking third on a bad pickoff attempt at first by Bartolo Colón. The dude runs like a track star.
The Black Eagle, Jose Pirela, hit a home run in the Bronx Sunday as New York’s other surprising first-place team swept the Angels of Anaheim (never Los Angeles: please!).
Francisco Rodríguez is having a good season for Milwaukee, with 10 saves. But the Brew Crew are already 17.5 games out in the NL Central, so Frankie’s efforts may go for naught.
Thanks to a big push by the Royals, Alcides Escobar (SS) and Salvador Pérez ( C ) are leading vote-getters for the All-Star Game in Cincinnati on July 14; the AL could have four Venezuelan starters, with Miguel Cabrera (IB) and Jose Altuve (2B) also leading at their positions. Hey, if the King starts, you’d have 5 of 6 infield positions covered by criollos.