Taking advantage of the off-day in the World Series, the Cubs introduced their new president Theo Epstein, and the Red Sox introduced their new general manager Ben Cherington. I took the day to put together a Nine to Know.
- In 72 games after the All-Star break, Evan Longoria hit 20 homers and had 57 RBI. On the season, Jayson Werth had 20 homers and 58 RBI in 150 games.
- Here’s something that proves nothing: The successful Tigers hit .376 on the first pitch of an at bat to lead the AL. The NL leaders were the unsuccessful Houston Astros who hit .365.
- There were 173 0-2 count homers this season and 23 3-0 count homers this season.
- What a difference a year makes – Derek Lowe this September was 0-5 with an 8.75 ERA. Last September, he was 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA.
- Two players this season hit at least .300 and had at least 40 doubles, 100 RBI, and 100 walks: Miguel Cabrera and Joey Votto. The last time there were two in a season was 2004 when Bobby Abreu and Lance Berkman did it.
- Four players hit at least their age in homers this season: the Marlins had two: 21-year old Mike Stanton who hit 34, and 23-year old Logan Morrison who hit 23, while the Reds had 24-year Jay Bruce who hit 32, and Arizona had 23-year old Justin Upton who hit 31.
- While there are many of us who are wondering what has happened to Mark Teixeira’s batting average, I’m curious what has happened to his fielding. He had a +17 Rtot (runs above or below average) in 2008, 7 in 2009, 8 last year and minus one this season.
- What player was on a team that was in first place on September 1, 2010 and September 1, 2011, but didn’t make the postseason either year? The Padres/Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez.
- Is Adrian Beltre a potential Hall-of-Famer? He’s one of only 10 third basemen all-time with over 2000 hits, 300 homers and 1000 RBI. Then again Ron Santo, Gary Gaetti, Darrell Evans and Graig Nettles are in that group as well. Beltre’s .276 lifetime avg. puts him in the middle of the pack.