- Since 2010, 17 players have at least 1000 plate appearances and a .300 batting average, but none has hit as many homers as Paul Konerko who has 82 with a .315 batting average. No one has a higher batting average than Miguel Cabrera, who is hitting .331 with 81 homers. Close in both categories is Josh Hamilton who has 79 homers and a .330 average and Joey Votto with 78 homers and a .323 average.
- Ervin Santana leads the majors with 18 gopher balls in 80 innings. in 1973, Nolan Ryan gave up 18 dingers in 326 innings and then the next year, gave up another 18 in 332.2 IP.
- The latest in the Terry Francona era when the Red Sox (31-32) went over the .500 mark to stay (and not regressing back to .500) was both in 2010 and 2011 when they went over for good at 21-20.
- Johnny Damon is one of five players all-time with 2700+ hits, 400+ steals, 500+ doubles, and 100+ triples. He has 999 walks, which would then put him in a group with Paul Molitor, Ty Cobb, and Tris Speaker as the only players who have all reached those milestones plus 1000+ walks.
- MLB batters are averaging .251 with runners in scoring position with the Rangers having the best average at .294 and the Padres the worst at .197.
- The Dodgers and the Phillies lead the majors with 84 infield hits while the Tigers only have 40.
- The Mets loogy (Lefty One Out GuY) Tim Byrdak has been in 36 games, pitched 18.1 innings and faced 46 lefties and 24 righties. Righties are hitting .200 and lefties are hitting just .108 against him. His Twitter handle is @Givemethelefty.
- Only the Mets have a worse bullpen ERA (5.46) than the Brewers (4.61) and only the Cubs have a worse WHIP (1.56 to 1.55). Milwaukee closer John Axford has a 5.55 ERA and a 1.685 WHIP and set-up guy Francisco Rodriguez has a 4.30 ERA and a 1.500 WHIP.
- In their first 61 games the Nationals have scored a total of 21 1st inning runs and 16 2nd inning runs.
- No team has a worse stolen base percentage than the Orioles who are 22-of-37 (59%). The Red Sox are tied with O’s for the fewest steals but they’ve only been thrown out 12 times, a steal mediocre 65% success rate.
- Three different leaders and trailers in this category: So far this season, there have been 1884 no out runs scored (Boston has scored the most with 88 and San Diego has scored the least with 32), there have been 3127 runs scored with one out (St. Louis has scored the most with 130 and Pittsburgh the least with 70), and 3146 scored with two outs (the Mets have scored the most with 141 and Miami the least with 72).
- David Wright’s home OPS is .944 the highest it’s been since 2008, the Mets last year at Shea Stadium, when it was 1.055. In addition, Wright is hitting .411 on the road this season.
- In Jon Lester’s first three starts in May he went 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA. In his last three May starts, he went 1-1 with a 8.10 ERA. On top of that, in his last five starts he has a 6.07 ERA and a .311 BAA.
- Carlos Beltran, Edwin Encarnacion, Carlos Gonzalez, and Curtis Granderson lead the majors with 12 home homers. Josh Hamilton and Adam Dunn have the most homers on the road with 12.
- Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner is still looking for his second MLB victory after he earned his first on May 29. In that game, Hefner also got his first hit, a homer no less. Hefner became the first major league pitcher to hit his first homer in his first win since Dennis Tankersley did it with the Padres on May 26, 2002. Interestingly, not only was it Tankersley’s last and only major league homer, it was his last and only major league win.
From the Bill Chuck Files…15 for June 15
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