San Diego Padres pitcher Ross Ohlendorf pitches during the ninth inning at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
And YOU get a no-hitter, and YOU get a no-hitter, and YOU get a no-hitter...
- The San Diego Padres' sale is reportedly down to three finalists (Gary Jabara, Steve Kaplan, and former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley), which is of some moderate interest on its own. Of much larger interest? The proposed sale price is $800 million! Just a few years ago, the Cubs sold for a hair more than that. Has the economic landscape really improved that much since then? The answer, of course, is no. What's improved is the baseball-team-price landscape, thanks, in part, to the situationally-inflated sale price of the Dodgers ($2.15 billion). If the Padres are now worth $800 million, how much are the Cubs worth?
- The Mets are appealing the scoring of an infield single on Wednesday night off of starter R.A. Dickey. The ball glanced off of David Wright's hand, and B.J. Upton reached base safely. The Mets think it should have been scored an error. Why would they want to give an error to their own player? That was the only hit R.A. Dickey gave up. The Mets, who just got their first no-hitter (Johan Santana) in a long time now want a second. The question is, how big of an asterisk would that no-hitter require?
- Speaking of that Santana no-hitter, the lefty is struggling since being allowed to throw 134 pitches on his surgically-repaired shoulder. In about 10 innings since, he's given up 10 runs, which easily could have been 13 if not for some sterling bullpen work. That's still just two starts, which is far too small of a sample size to draw any conclusions. But it's probably fair to be a bit nervous if you're a Mets fan.
- Matt Cain's perfect game included a record-tying 14 strikeouts. Does that make it one of the most dominating perfect games in history? The Business Insider (yup, they do sports stuff, too) has a list of the most dominant perfect games in history by "game score."
- Formerly-dominant starter Ben Sheets, 33, is trying to come back to the bigs one more time. He's recently started throwing for teams.
- Aubrey Huff may have really jacked up his knee while celebrating Matt Cain's perfect game. He's going in for an MRI after toppling over the dugout railing.
- Speaking of all of those no-hitters and perfect games, Keith Olbermann and Jay Jaffe offer contrasting views about why there is a seeming uptick, and what that might mean.
- The Tigers have had to place young starter Drew Smyly on the DL with what Jim Leyland called the worst blister he's ever seen.