Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of February 28, 2016
- Yadier Molina has been the Opening Day starting catcher for the Cardinals for the last 11 seasons; current Cards’ manager Mike Matheny was the last starting catcher prior to Yadier in 2003-04.
- Last season, in 24 games with Miguel Montero behind the plate, Jake Arrieta had a .189 BAA and in eight starts with David Ross behind the plate he had a .190 BAA. Ross is so well respected that new Cub Jason Heyward will pay for Ross to have a hotel suite for every road game this coming season.
- Last season, Blake Treinen of the Nationals induced 14 DPs (in just 67.2 IP), the most of any reliever; Colby Lewis also induced 14 GIDP, but in 204.2 IP.
- So far it’s worked out pretty well: as a result of losing Albert Pujols to the Angels, the Cardinals added Michael Wacha and Stephen Piscotty in the 2012 draft.
- Here’s a surprise: since 2006, Mark Teixeira has hit 287 homers while Jose Bautista has hit 286.*
- Not surprisingly, the greatest run differential for home and away scoring last season belonged to the Rockies who scored 161 more runs at home, next were the Red Sox who scored 118 more runs at home than on the road.*
- Since 2011, the NL leader in homers is Giancarlo Stanton with 159, followed by Jay Bruce with 140. Stanton hit his in 2562 PA while it took Bruce 3188 PA.
- Cole Hamels has thrown 39 wild pitches in his 2013.2 IP career; over the last two seasons, Garrett Richards has thrown 39 wild pitches in 376.0 innings.
- When people talk about records that will never be broken, they too often leave out Ron Hunt’s 50 HBP in 1971, no one else in baseball history has had more than 35 in a season; Anthony Rizzo led last year with 30 HBP.
*As also seen in Nick Cafardo‘s Sunday Baseball Notes, Boston Globe, 2/28/16