Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 3/6/16 – 29 days until Opening Day
- 2015 was the second season in which there were two rookies with 170+ whiffs. Last season: Kris Bryant 199 K and Joc Pederson 170 K. In 1986, Pete Incaviglia struck out 185 times and ROY Jose Canseco whiffed 175 times.
- New White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier over the last four seasons has hit .258 with 102 HR and a .787 OPS. Over the same time, ChiSox third basemen have hit .229 with 54 HR and a .635 OPS.
- David Ortiz is the only player in the majors with 100+ RBI seasons each of the last three years.*
- Over the last six seasons, only four full-time relievers have thrown 60+ innings each season: David Robertson, Jonathan Papelbon, Tyler Clippard, and Burke Badenhop.
- Last season, amongst batters with at least 100 PA with runners in scoring position, none hit lower than Jimmy Rollins (.136)
- With all the fun cars and pigs, I still can’t shake the fact that in the 30 games from September 15 through the postseason, Yoenis Cespedes hit only .220 with two homers, 10 RBI and 32 whiffs.
- In his career, Koji Uehara has pitched 175.2 9th innings with a .185 BAA while in 84.0 8th innings he has a .170 BAA.*
- In 2014, the Detroit Tigers had a +52 run differential, but in 2015 it was -114.
- No batter hit more homers without receiving an intentional pass in 2015 than Josh Donaldson who hit 41 dingers; the record belongs to Roger Maris who in 1961 hit a record 61 homers.
*As seen in Nick Cafardo‘s Sunday Baseball Notes, Boston Globe, 3/6/16