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10/01/2004 Archived Entry: "MLB news: Tune in for history"
MLB news: Tune in for history
By Michael Toeset
Going into this weekend’s final series, Ichiro Suzuki only needs two hits to break George Sisler’s long-standing record. He’s currently at 256, the second-highest total in baseball history, and as of late has been getting about one hit a game.
I think he’ll get those two hits tonight (Friday) against Texas and Ryan Drese.
Drese, a righty, is 14-9 with a 3.98 ERA, but he has been hit well by lefties – which, of course, Ichiro is. Versus southpaws, Drese’s ERA jumps to 4.41, his WHIP is 1.43 and he allows a batting average of .269 (which, interestingly enough, is lower than what righties bat off him). Also in favor of Ichiro is the fact that Drese doesn’t pitch as well at night as he does during the day: 4.22 ERA at night vs. 3.56 ERA under the sun. One more factor in favor of Ichiro is that Drese appears to be slowing down; in September, he posted his worst monthly ERA this season, 5.28.
So tune in to the game anyway you can, whether it be at the game or on a Game Cast, MLB.TV, satellite TV or radio. The game starts at 10:05 eastern in Seattle. It should be interesting.
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