From the early total base leaders the likes of Ty Cobb and Lou Gehrig to today’s leaders, Shawn Green and Josh Hamilton, the total base record has always required a player’s single best game of their career. Today, the best route to the top of the list is with MLB’s first five home run game, but it’s not the only way. There are only 18 players who have ever hit four home runs in a game and the leaders in total bases for a single game tend to be a four home run game with flair. Whether it be tacking on a single or double. This makes Shawn Green’s 19 total base game extremely difficult to surpass. Even Mike Cameron, who hit four home runs plus a shot to the warning track a few weeks before Shawn Green’s outburst, finds himself three bases short of the top of the leaderboard. One thing is for sure, when the total base record is broken, it will be a performance for the history books. Be sure to check out more episodes of High Score at … [Read more...] about How many bases can you rack up in a single MLB game?
Chicago White Sox (34-36, third in the AL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (39-32, second in the AL Central) Chicago; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: White Sox: Ivan Nova (3-5, 6.28 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 51 strikeouts) Cubs: Cole Hamels (6-2, 2.98 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 83 strikeouts)BOTTOM LINE: Chicago and Chicago will face off at Wrigley Field on Tuesday.The Cubs are 24-11 in home games. They have a team on-base percentage of .332, eighth in the majors. Kris Bryant leads the team with an OBP of .387.The White Sox are 14-19 on the road. They have compiled a .254 batting average as a team this season, James McCann leads the team with a mark of .324. This is the first meeting of the season for these two teams.TOP PERFORMERS: Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 81 hits and is batting .286. Kyle Schwarber is 9-for-34 with two doubles, four home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Chicago.Jose Abreu leads the White Sox with 36 extra base hits and is slugging .520. Eloy Jimenez is 12-for-36 … [Read more...] about Nova, White Sox to face Hamels, Cubs on Tuesday
Kansas City Royals (24-48, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Seattle Mariners (31-45, fifth in the AL West) Seattle; Tuesday, 10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Homer Bailey (5-6, 5.37 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 61 strikeouts) Mariners: Yusei Kikuchi (3-4, 4.78 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 55 strikeouts)BOTTOM LINE:The Mariners are 13-23 in home games. Seattle has slugged .451, good for third in the American League. Daniel Vogelbach leads the club with a .535 slugging percentage, including 26 extra-base hits and 17 home runs.The Royals are 10-25 on the road. Kansas City's lineup has 72 home runs this season, Jorge Soler leads them with 19 homers. The Royals won the last meeting 6-4. Brian Flynn earned his first victory and Soler went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs for Kansas City. Anthony Bass took his second loss for Seattle.TOP PERFORMERS: Vogelbach leads the Mariners with 17 home runs and is batting .256. Tom Murphy is 6-for-20 with four home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for … [Read more...] about Bailey, Royals to take on Kikuchi, Mariners
Cleveland Indians (37-34, second in the AL Central) vs. Texas Rangers (39-33, second in the AL West) Arlington, Texas; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Indians: Zach Plesac (1-2, 2.92 ERA, .97 WHIP, 20 strikeouts) Rangers: Adrian Sampson (5-3, 4.21 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 58 strikeouts)BOTTOM LINE:The Rangers are 25-12 on their home turf. Texas is hitting a collective batting average of .255 this season, led by Elvis Andrus with an average of .302.The Indians are 17-17 on the road. The Cleveland pitching staff has a combined team ERA of 3.96, Shane Bieber paces the staff with a mark of 3.92. The Rangers won the last meeting 7-2. Lance Lynn earned his eighth victory and Danny Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for Texas. Mike Clevinger took his first loss for Cleveland.TOP PERFORMERS: Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 32 extra base hits and is batting .285. Santana is 13-for-33 with two doubles, two triples, a home run and five RBIs over the last 10 games for … [Read more...] about Cleveland to visit Texas Tuesday
Tampa Bay Rays (43-29, second in the AL East) vs. New York Yankees (44-27, first in the AL East) New York; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Ryne Stanek (0-1, 2.46 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 43 strikeouts) Yankees: J.A. Happ (6-3, 4.66 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 61 strikeouts)BOTTOM LINE: New York heads into the matchup after a dominant performance by Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka pitched nine innings, surrendering zero runs on two hits with 10 strikeouts against Tampa Bay.The Yankees are 20-7 against opponents from the AL East. New York has hit 113 home runs this season, sixth in the league. Edwin Encarnacion leads the club with 21, averaging one every 11.7 at-bats.The Rays are 23-11 on the road. The Tampa Bay offense has compiled a .261 batting average as a team this season, good for eighth in the American League. Austin Meadows leads the team with an average of .314. The Yankees won the last meeting 3-0. Masahiro Tanaka earned his fifth victory and Cameron Maybin went 3-for-3 with a home run … [Read more...] about New York plays Tampa Bay following Tanaka’s solid showing