These will be the last of my Sunday offerings from the Files for, hopefully, quite awhile.
Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of March 13, 2016
- The Yankees have a potential six-man rotation with pitchers all of whose last names end in a vowel: Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda, and Nathan Eovaldi.
- Through new Tigers’ closer Francisco Rodriguez’ first 40 appearances last season, he had a 1.37 ERA and a .157 BAA; over his last 20, he had a 4.08 ERA and a .254 BAA.
- The 2015 Indians were never more than one game above .500 all season; part of the problem was that following a win they had only a 36-44 record.
- Goal for David Ortiz: the record for most RBI by player aged 40+ in their final season is held by George Brett who had 75 RBI in his age 40 final season in 1993; 41-year old Ted Williams is next with 72 in 1960.*
- Last season, Kristopher Negron appeared in only 43 games (starting 20) for the Reds, yet Negron managed to play all three outfield and all four infield positions, plus PH in seven games and score three runs as a pinch-runner.
- Last season, Zack Greinke faced 219 batters leading off an inning and didn’t allow a home run to any of them, the best rate in the majors.
- Days lost to injuries in the AL last season dropped to their lowest level in the last four years: in 2012, 18,538 days were lost but by last season just 16,683 days were lost.*
- The San Francisco Giants led the majors with nine grand slams last season while the Texas Rangers were the only team in the majors not to hit one.
- Last season, the Giants were 11-24 when trailing after the 1st inning; I mention this because their new starter Jeff Samardzija allowed 29 1st inning runs, the most in the majors.
* As also seen in the Sunday Baseball Notes of Nick Cafardo