- In the 20 games that Chicago’s Adam Dunn has struck out at least three times this season, he has gone 3-for-81 (.037).*
- Starlin Castro of the Cubs last night joined the Bostonians and New Yorkers who are the players who have had at least four hits in a game four times this season: Red Sox, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, Yankees: Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter, and Jose Reyes of the Mets.
- Brian McCann, Prince Fielder, and Miguel Cabrera are the only three players with two intentional walks in a game twice this season. In 2004, Barry Bonds was intentionally passed at least twice in 26 games.
- Righties hit .139 against Mariano Rivera’s cutter in 2009 and .231 this year since the All-Star break.
- In Francisco Rodriguez’ first 14 appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers, K-Rod is 2-0 with 8 holds and the Brewers are 13-1.
- Here’s a race to watch: Mark Trumbo of the Angels with 22 homers vs. 20 walks (six intentional). Last season, John Buck, playing for the Blue Jays, had 20 homers and 16 walks.
- Here’s a race to watch: the Phillies and the Red Sox have each won 36 games on the road this season vs. the Astros who have won 38 games overall this season.
- AL Rookie of the Year consideration has to be given to the Yankees’ Ivan Nova who is 11-4 with a 3.85 ERA. Derek Jeter was the last Yankee to win the ROY in 1996 and Dave Righetti was the last Yankee pitcher to win it in 1981.
- Backup Phillies catcher Brian Schneider is 21-3 this season when he starts and his pitchers have a 2.80 ERA and a .219 BAA. On top of that, he has only caught Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt three times each, Cole Hamels twice, and hasn’t caught Roy Halladay yet this season.
* as first written in Nick Cafardo‘s “Baseball Notes” in the Sunday Boston Globe, 8/14