FROM THE BILL CHUCK FILES

NINE TO KNOW

  1. Major league teams are averaging 1.26 HR per game and 8.24 strikeouts per game, both the highest in MLB history.
  2. Free agent to-be Jake Arrieta has an active streak of 13 straight starts of allowing six-hits or less, but has only gone 6-4 with a 3.20 over that stretch.
  3. Overall Pat Valaika’s overall .261 BA doesn’t seem to make him a key to the Rockies success this year, but it’s his .382 BA with 3 HR and 11 RBI as a pinch-hitter that makes him so valuable.
  4. The major league ERA in 2014 was 3.74; in 2015, 3.96; in 2016, 4.19; and this season, 4.36.
  5. MLB experimented with 1-minute 45-second breaks between innings of Tuesday’s Rockies/Cardinals game rather than the usual 2:05 for locally televised games. The 3-2 game lasted 3:11, six minutes longer than an average 9-inning game.
  6. Mike Napoli has 22 HR, but his BA has not been above .209 this season.
  7. Only six players in baseball history have 500+ steals, 100+ HR and 100+ triples: Lou Brock, Ty Cobb, Tim Raines, Kenny Lofton, Paul Molitor, and Jose Reyes.
  8. 2008 was the last time the currently 3rd place Cardinals finished in a spot lower than first or second in the NL Central.
  9. Message to John Farrell: On August 20, 1964, the Yankees were 69-50 (.580) in third place. After a loss that day, manager Yogi Berra exploded on the team bus over Phil Linz and his harmonica playing. From that point on, the Yanks went 30-13 (.698) and to the World Series