From the Bill Chuck Files…August 14

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  1. 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).*
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Righties hit .139 against Mariano Rivera’s cutter in 2009 and .231 this year since the All-Star break.
  5. In Francisco Rodriguez’ first 14 appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers, K-Rod is 2-0 with 8 holds and the Brewers are 13-1.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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