The Bill Chuck Files: Nine to Know

by Bill Chuck on February 8, 2013

Here are nine items for you to talk about, write about, and share with others. When you do, please mention Bill Chuck of Billy-Ball.com.

Here’s your Nine to Know

  1. Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee were the last Astros to hit 20+ homers in a season, way back in 2010.

  2. Last season, Zack Greinke became the first pitcher to ever give up exactly 200 hits while striking out exactly 200 batters.

  3. It’s pretty rare that the two Super Bowl cities were also in the baseball postseason. The last time was in 2007 when the Giants (NY) faced the Patriots (Boston) and before that it was in 1979 when the Steelers (Pittsburgh) faced the Rams (LA/California Angels).

  4. Only one pitcher in baseball has had at least one shutout each of the last five seasons: Welcome to KC, Ervin Santana, who has thrown six blankings in the last five seasons.

  5. These guys are only related by their numbers: Jesus Montero and Miguel Montero each hit 15 homers, grounded into 15 double plays, and stole no bases.

  6. No team in 2012 had the same record they did in 2011 but the 95-67 Yankees had the same record in 2010.

  7. The two players who ended their career closest to 3000 hits are Sam Rice, who finished with 2987 hits, and Frank Robinson who had 2943. It looks as if Omar Vizquel (2877), Ivan Rodriguez (2844), and Johnny Damon (2769) are also falling short of 3K.

  8. Randy Choate appeared in 80 games last season and pitched a total of 38.2 innings, that’s .47 innings per appearance.

  9. From the 7th inning on last season, Cincinnati had the best ERA at 2.84 closely followed by the A’s at 2.89.

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