This is a manager worth trading players for.
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher was scheduled to throw out the first pitch before the Tampa Bay Rays’ game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Instead, he shot it.
Photos: Steve Nesius/Reuters, Mike Carlson/The Associated Press
Let’s make this a real sport, shall we?
Schedules for the AL playoff contenders:
12 home, 16 away - opponents’ winning % (as of 9/4): .497
13 home, 14 away - opponents’ winning %: .512
15 home, 12 away - opponents’ winning %: .529
12 home, 16 away - opponents’ winning %: .487
16 home, 12 away - opponents’ winning %: .483
13 home, 15 away - opponents’ winning %: .502
11 home, 17 away - opponents’ winning %: .546
16 home, 11 away - opponents’ winning %: .530
In one of those great baseball coincidences, the Yankees (2), Rangers (3), Tigers (7), and Angels (8) are all in the top ten in per game attendance. While the Orioles (23), White Sox (24), A’s (29), and Rays (30) are in the bottom ten.
Do you choose….
A’s vs. Rays - two teams in the playoff hunt playing well
Phillies vs. Reds - which is actually Cueto vs. Hamels, classic pitcher’s duel
Felix Hernandez became the first pitcher in Mariners’ history to throw a perfect game, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 this afternoon.
Felix’s pitching line:
9.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 12 K
This is the second Mariners’ no-hitter this year*, six men combined to throw a no-no on June 8 - a record.
This is also the first time 3 perfect games were thrown in the same season. Matt Cain threw a perfect on June 13, with 14 Ks - a major league record. Philip Humber threw a perfect game against the Mariners on April 21. (This marks the first time that a team was the victim of a perfect game and then won a perfect game in the same season.)
* Both no-hitters were won 1-0 highlighting the Mariners’ offensive woes.
Just like we all thought they would.
Take a bow Mr Pena, that was a hell of a game
Welcome back to Tampa, Carlos! Hope you’ll return to signing tacos again.