Poor Nats [WMQ]
Jun 8th, 2009 by Dan

Jayson Stark had this to say about Randy Johnson’s recent 300th win:

“It’s always a good idea to shoot for a milestone against those hospitable Washington Nationals. On Sunday, they were the victim of Jamie Moyer’s 250th career win. Four days later, they were on the wrong end of Randy Johnson’s 300th. So how rare is that? Glad you asked. If we use 200 wins as the official milestone cutoff, the last team to be victimized for two milestones (200, 250 or 300) in the same season was Rob Deer’s 1990 Brewers (Nolan Ryan’s 300th, Frank Tanana’s 200th). But if we raise the cutoff to 250, the Elias Sports Bureau reports, the Nationals become the first team to do anything like this twice in one year since Pop Corkhill’s 1891 Pirates helped Old Hoss Radbourn win his 300th and John Clarkson win his 250th. Hard to believe, folks.”


“Ryan Howard has hit two grand slams this season off the same pitcher: Washington’s Shairon Martis. Loyal reader Chris Rosenberg wondered how unusual that is? Eh, pretty darned unusual. The only other times that’s happened in the division-play era: Steve Garvey off Clay Carroll in 1977, Fernando Tatis off Chan Ho Park (in the same INNING) in 1999 and Jermaine Dye off Ryan Rupe in 2000.”

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