In getting the win against Toronto last night, Clay Buchholz equaled his win total from last year, a disastrous season for the young righty.
Now 2-3, Buchholz's only other win this year was also against Toronto, in his season debut on July 17.
With the win, Buchholz's ERA dropped to 3.99, the first time it has been below 4 since July 28. If Buchholz wins his next start, he will be .500 for the season and match his rookie win total from 2007.
1. Adam Lind Toronto 24
2. Hank Blalock Texas 23
3. Jim Thome CWS 22
4. Jason Kubel Min 20
Luke Scott Bal 20
5. David Ortiz Bos 19
Hideki Matsui NYY 19
As a team, the Angles are batting .291, the best in baseball.
The Red Sox are batting .263, 14th in baseball.
The Angles are 24-8 since the All Star break, second best in baseball to the Yankees (25-8).
Joe Mauer Min 2009 (.383, 25 HR)
Ted Williams Bos 1941, 1957
Joe Dimaggio NYY 1939
Lou Gehrig NYY 1930, 1936
Babe Ruth NYY 1931
Obviously, Mauer is in very elite company. Before he accomplished the feat, it had been 52 years since the last player, Williams, did it.
Williams and Gehrig are the only players to have achieved this twice.
But what jumps out at me more than anything else is that Williams did it 16 seasons apart. It's amazing that he was still that capable as late as 1957.