- Lifetime at Wrigley Field, Albert Pujols is 95-for-319 (.298) with 26 homers, 67 RBI and a .999 OPS while Prince Fielder is 53-for-178 (.298) with 11 homers, 34 RBI and a 1.003 OPS.
- Over the last three seasons 90 relievers appeared in at least 150 games. Who do you think had the best WHIP? If you guessed Mariano Rivera, you’re wrong! Mo’s 0.879 WHIP was second to Mike Adams’ 0.852.*
- A’s closer Andrew Bailey has given up 34 hits and three homers each of the last two seasons, however he faced 19 fewer batters in 2011.*
- Many teams are interested in talking to the Cubs about Matt Garza but the reality is he went 10-10 last season, has a lifetime 52-54 record, has won over 11 games just once in his career (15-10 for Tampa in 2010), and has a lifetime 3.83 ERA.
- Seibu Lions shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima and Yakult Swallows outfielder Norichika Aoki have been given permission to use the posting system to make a move to the major leagues. The 29-year-old shortstop hit .297 with 16 home runs and 27 doubles in 2011. Aoki, 29, a left-hand hitting and right-hand throwing centerfielder, hit .358 with 14 homers, 63 RBI and 19 steals in 2010 but dropped to .292 with four homers and eight steals in 2011.*
- Braves second baseman Martin Prado was hitting .325 at the All-Star break in 2010 but has hit .264 since.
- Since 2003, Tim Wakefield has had an ERA over 4.00 every season and a 4.59 cumulative ERA.
- The right-handed bat of Michael Cuddyer is popular this offseason because last season Cuddyer had a .993 OPS against lefties. Among those with at least 175 PA against lefties, only Dustin Pedroia’s 1.010 OPS was higher.
- Huston Street didn’t love pitching at home in Colorado last year. He threw 29 innings at home with a 5.59 ERA and 1.414 WHIP and 29.1 innings on the road with a 2.15 ERA and 1.023 WHIP.
* Posted by Nick Cafardo, Baseball Notes, Sunday Boston Globe – From the Bill Chuck Files