MLB Nine to Know: May 15

  1. Austin Jackson leading the AL in strikeouts in 2010 with 170 was much more tolerable for Detroit when he .293, but this year he’s leading again with 51 whiffs and is hitting .229. Jackson has struck out 221 times in 775 at bats. Nyjer Morgan has struck out 221 times in 1274 at bats. Whitey Ford struck out 224 times in 1023 at bats. Alexei Ramirez and Jackson are both lifetime .280 hitters, Ramirez has hit 58 homers compared to Jackson’s seven and Alexei has struck out 228 times in 1756 at bats.
  2. The Braves are 6-for-18 in steal attempts.
  3. By tossing his second no-hitter, Justin Verlander now has three career complete games in which he has allowed two hits or less. It’s remarkable to think that Roy Halladay has eight in his career, but insane that Nolan Ryan had 37 of them.
  4. The Giants pitchers have given up only 19 homers this season. The Astros and the Mets pitchers have surrendered 44 each.
  5. The White Sox’ Adam Dunn now has 358 homers the same as Yogi Berra. David Ortiz is only three behind Yogi.
  6. When Carlos Beltran hit three homers in five at bats on Thursday, that gave him more homers in one game than the two homers that Jimmy Rollins, Michael Young, J. D. Drew, Stephen Drew, Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia, and Nick Swisher have each hit all season
  7. The next big Japanese pitching export should be Yu Darvish (4-1) who this week pitched his first shutout of the season for the first-place Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters and struck out a career-high 15 including former MLB infielders Akinori Iwamura three times and Kaz Matsui twice.* The Japan Times reports that Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles third baseman Iwamura was removed from the active roster on Saturday after hitting only .169 with no homers and one RBI in 24 games. “I want him to lose weight,” Rakuten manager Senichi Hoshino said of Iwamura. “He is still young. He has to make a living playing baseball for many more years.”
  8. John Lackey and Carl Pavano each have four games in which they have given up six or more earned runs this season. In 1930, Ray Benge gave up six or more in 13 games, so did Pedro Astacio in 1998.*
  9. The same Milwaukee fan who caught the Brewers’ Geoff Jenkins‘ 200th home run in 2007 caught Prince Fielder‘s 200th home run ball in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
*As seen in From the Bill Chuck Files…, Boston Sunday Globe, May 15, Nick Cafardo Baseball Notes