Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK - TALKIN' BLOWN SAVES ...
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: POINTSPREAD HISTORY (THE LAST 4 YEARS) FOR BOTH ALABAMA & CLEMSON
Hey, nobody's perfect. We all know that. But on Monday night there was New York Yankees' closer LHP Aroldis Chapman surrendering an opposite-field, three-run home run with two outs and two strikes against Tampa Bay catcher Travis d'Arnaud to propel the Rays to a 5-4 win in The Bronx.
Forget the "big picture" look here: The fact the Rays trimmed the Yankees' lead in the American League East to just five games ... what grabbed us is it actually marked the 16th blown save by the Yankees (59-33) on the year and the fourth blown save by Chapman who happened to earn an All-Star Game save just six nights earlier in Cleveland.
The Yankees' bullpen has converted 32-of-48 save opportunities so far in this 2019 season - Chapman's 25-of-29 in the save department - but there are Major-League Baseball teams that have fared even worse in terms of saves / save opportunities. Here's the rundown:
The woeful New York Mets lead the way with 21 blown saves this season (see 22-of-43);
The Boston Red Sox have 18 blown saves this post-World Series winning season (19-of-37);
The San Diego Padres have blown 18 saves this year (35-of-53);
The Seattle Mariners have piled up 18 blown saves this year (20-of-38);
The Washington Nationals also have blown 18 saves this season (24-of-42);
The Pittsburgh Pirates have blown 17 saves so far (22-of-39);
The Oakland's A's have 16 BS this season (22-of-38);
The Atlanta Braves have blown 15 saves this season (29-of-44);
The Chicago Cubs have blown 15 games this year (21-of-36);
The Detroit Tigers have totaled 15 blown saves this year (22-of-37);
The Kansas City Royals have 15 blown saves (19-of-34);
The Los Angeles Dodgers have blown 15 saves in 2019 (27-of-42);
Hey, speaking of the Rays (56-40) their bullpen has converted 23-of-35 saves this season while pitching to a 3.31 ERA that just so happens to rank first in all of baseball; note the Yankees' bullpen ERA this year stands at 4.05 which ranks tied for eighth in MLB.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT
In yesterday's edition we mentioned how Alabama (2015, '17) and Clemson (2016, '18) have divvied up the past four consecutive College Football National Championships. Today, we'll touch on how 'Bama and Clemson have fared spreadwise these past four years:
ALABAMA - Count 'em up and you see that the Crimson Tide is a collective 30-26 ATS (against the spread) since the start of the 2015 season. Right, that's really nothing to write home about (see a .536 winning percentage) for a program that's copped a pair of national titles during this time span and been in the college title tilt all four years in a row. Stop to consider that Alabama is a relatively modest 29-26 ATS overall as betting favorites (20-16 ATS as favs versus fellow SEC foes) and take note that the Tide is 0-6 vig-wise in its last half-dozen tilts against Texas A&M / Arkansas / Georgia.
CLEMSON - The "other" college football powerhouse is 30-24-2 (that's a .556 winning rate) the past four years and that includes three-of-four covers in head-to-head playoff games against Alabama. The Atlantic Coast Conference gridiron monster cranked out a solid 9-6 ATS mark last year capped off by the runaway 44-16 triumph over 5.5-point favorite 'Bama in the national title game. All in all, Clemson's a brilliant 6-1 versus the vig when placed in the underdog role these past four years and Dabo Swinney's club is an identical 6-1 ATS in post-season games the last four years.
NOTE: More NFL & NCAA Fooball goodies straight ahead in the next Jim Sez.