Clayton Kershaw struck out 35 cleanup batters, the most in the bigs last season; he also struck out 36 leadoff hitters, the most in the majors.
With 57 days until Opening Day, starting tomorrow it’s baseball season
Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 2/7/16
- In 2015, the Red Sox had a 4.94 ERA in the 6th, while the Yankees had a 4.94 ERA in the 7th inning, which is why both teams shored up their bullpens.*
- If Dale Murphy wants be in an expanded HOF, he should have quit after the 1987 season when he had a .279 avg. with 310 HR and an OPS of .862. He retired after his 1993 season and finished hitting .265, with 398 homers, and an .815 OPS.
- Since Mike Trout became a regular in 2012, he has played in 612 regular season games with a 337-275 (.550) record and just three postseason games (0-3).
- The Bill James Handbook projects that in 2016 Yoenis Cespedes hits .272 with 30 HR and 101 RBI, presumably enough to warrant an opt-out.
- Offensive? The Dodgers and Angels each played just 50 games in 2015 in which they had 10+ hits, only the Padres with 49 had fewer.
- It’s not just the draft pick attached to Yovani Gallardo that’s giving teams second thoughts: before the All-Star break last season, he had a decent 1.226 WHIP, after the break it was a dreadful 1.718.
- Jeff Samardzija and Max Scherzer each allowed 17 homers after the All-Star break last season, the most in the majors.
- Last season, new Mariner outfielder Leonys Martin had an OPS of .576, the same as Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen but also the same as Twins uber-prospect Byron Buxton.
- The Mets starter Noah Syndergaard pitched 21 5th innings in 2015 and did not allow an earned run; both Kyle Lohse and Rick Porcello appeared in 26 5th innings and allowed 21 ER.*