10/0 — On Friday night, Cliff Lee led the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves with a 10-strikeout, zero-walk performance in eight innings. It’s the 10th time in his career Lee struck out at least 10 batters in a start without issuing a walk, making him only the second lefty to pull off that feat since 1916 (Randy Johnson had 36).
0-for-7 — On Wednesday, Joey Votto didn’t have his best night in the Cincinnati Reds’ 16-inning game with the St. Louis Cardinals. Not only did the Reds lose 5-4, but Votto went 0-for-7 with three strikeouts. Votto sometimes is thought of as the toughest hitter to retire in the National League. It was the first time in his career that he ended a game 0-for-7.
8 HR — On Wednesday, the Boston Red Sox gave the Detroit Tigers a lashing in a 20-4 blowout. The Red Sox also hit eight home runs, the most allowed in a game in Tigers franchise history.
8+ runs X 3 — The Red Sox won the first three games of a four-game series against the New York Yankees last week in a string of games made for fans of offensive baseball. In all three games, both teams scored at least eight runs. It was the first time that happened in a Yankees-Red Sox series.
12+ — The Red Sox also became the first visiting team to score at least 12 runs in a series against the Yankees since the Washington Senators did it in 1907.
WAR update — For the second year in a row, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is causing a stir in baseball circles. The Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera and Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis have been the clear front runners for the American League Most Valuable Player, but according to WAR, Trout has had the best season and it’s really not that close. Trout is at a 9.4, nearly two full wins above Cabrera (7.5). The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen is third at 7.0 and Davis has a 6.5 WAR. The highest Indian is Jason Kipnis with a 4.3.
— Ryan Lewis