Each Sunday, I’m honored to appear in Nick Cafardo‘s Baseball Notes column in the Boston Globe. Here are the items from this week:
- The Red Sox now have three of the top eight most frequently hit batters since 2008, Kevin Youkilis (54 HBP), Kelly Shoppach (47 HBP), and Marlon Byrd (45 HBP). Chase Utley leads with 83.
- The Blue Jays record for most double plays in a season is 205 in 1980; they had pulled off 30 in their first 18 games, which puts them on a pace for 270 DPs.
Here are additional items from my Files:
- When Chipper Jones homered on his 40th birthday this week, he became the fourth major leaguer to homer on his b-day this season. Carlos Santana (who hit two), Alejandro De Aza, and Andre Ethier are the others. Jim Thome and Darrel Evans each homered on their 41st birthdays and are the only ones older than Chipper to do so.
- Bronson Arroyo gives up too many home runs. He’s given up two this season and 235 since 2004, the most in the majors. In his career, Arroyo in 1901.1 innings pitched has given up 258 homers, the same as Bruce Hurst (2417.1 IP), and David Cone (2898.2 IP).
- Can’t decide how good Felix Hernandez is? Since he reached the majors in 2005, King Felix has 32 games in which he allowed two runs or less and ended up with a no-decision.
- The Royals 12-game losing streak tied for their third worst streak of all-time. They had a team-record 19 consecutive losses in 2005, which remains the longest in baseball since 2000. Since 2000, there have been 52 streaks of 10+ losses and 19 have been 12+.
- Double your pleasure when watching the left side of the Yankees infield and watch the intra-team battle for 500 as Derek Jeter heads action today with 498 doubles while Alex Rodriguez has 497.
- Under John Farrell’s tutelage, Clay Buchholz was 29-21 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.356 WHIP. Since Farrell left for Toronto, Buchholz is 8-4 with a 4.63 ERA and a 1.429 WHIP.
- When Yu Darvish held the Yankees scoreless for 8.1 innings it marked the 38th time since 2000 that a pitcher has held the Yankees scoreless for at least eight innings. Darvish is the 34th pitcher to do it as Roy Halladay has done it three times and Pedro Martinez and Felix Hernandez have done it twice each.
- Happy belated birthday to Connie Marrero who pitched for the Washington Senators from 1950-54. Marrero is baseball’s oldest lived ex-player and he turned 101 this past week in his native Cuba. Marrero was an All-Star in 1951 as a 40-year old.