NINE TO KNOW: From the Bill Chuck Files
- In case you missed it, CC Sabathia became just the fourth lefty with 2800+ career strikeouts joining Randy Johnson (4875), Steve Carlton (4136), and Mickey Lolich (2832); CC has 2803 Ks.
- Negatively on the rise – In 2014, the Orioles team ERA was 3.43; in 2015, it was 4.05; in 2016, it was 4.22; and this season, it is 4.95.
- Paul Goldschmidt has hit into seven DPs in 475 PA; Matt Kemp hit into eight double plays in 93 PA in July.
- Each successive month this season, the Dodgers have lost fewer games: April 14-12, May 19-9, June 21-7, July 20-3, and August 4-1.
- Jeff Samardzija has 11 losses making him the only pitcher in baseball to have at least 11 losses each of the last six seasons.
- This week, Albert Pujols had his 23rd 5+ RBI game tying him for 10th all-time with Cecil Fielder and Barry B*nds. Next up with 24 is Ted Williams. Lou Gehrig had 41 5+ RBI games, the most since 1913.
- There have been 29 teams that have either hit a walkoff or allowed a walkoff homer this season; the only team left out of the excitement has been the Dodgers.
- Since the start of 2016, Mookie Betts has 67 multi-hit games; next is Jose Altuve with 63.
- Just reminiscing – the last cycle hit by a SF Giants was on 9/15/2011 by Pablo Sandoval.