From the Bill Chuck Files…A Nine to Know Doubleheader

  1. Johnny Damon has now played 368 games in Fenway Park since 1996 in a Royals, A’s, Red Sox, Yankees, Tigers, Rays, and now Indians uniform. Only Ruben Sierra and Juan Beniquez have played for more AL franchises having played for eight each. Like Damon, Beniquez spent his entire career in the AL.
  2. Four teams have lost at least 19 games so far this season: the Twins (23), the Padres (21), the Royals (19), and the Boston Red Sox (19).
  3. The A’s Brian Fuentes has 200 saves in his career. He is the 43rd major-league pitcher to reach that mark, and the sixth left-hander. Sparky Lyle (238), Dave Righetti (252), Randy Myers (347), Billy Wagner (422), and John Franco (424) are the other lefties.
  4. Josh Beckett is an odd duck…he only pitches well in odd number years. In the four odd seasons starting in 2005, Beckett is 64-28. In the four even seasons, including this season, he is 36-31. His odd ERA is 3.36 (293 ER in 784.2 IP). His even ERA is 4.92 (297 ERA in 543.1 IP).
  5. Since the start of the 2007 season, Roy Halladay has given up 10+ hits in a game 23 times. Mark Buehrle has done it 22 times.
  6. Not only are the Red Sox 1-8 in May, but David Ortiz is only hitting .237 in the nine games with one homer and three RBI.
  7. Adam Dunn in April hit .231 with five homers and 16 RBI. So far in May he has hit .273 with five homers and nine RBI. Last season, he did not have a month with over three homers or a batting average above .204.
  8. Since 2010, Tim Lincecum, Yovani Gallardo, and Jon Lester have the most 10+ strikeout games with seven. However, with his 13Ks last night, Stephen Strasburg joins CC Sabathia, Tim Lincecum, Cliff Lee, Felix Hernandez, and Roy Halladay as the only pitchers with two games of 13+ K since 2010.
  9. Dustin Ackley has not hit grounded into a double play in 40 straight games going back to last Sept. 20. He had a streak of 42 games last season.
  10. Oh, brother! The A’s Jemile Weeks is hitting .197 and his older brother, Rickie Weeks of the Brewers, is hitting .164.
  11. Occasionally I need a reason to write certain names like Vida Blue who in 1976 pitched 298.1 innings and gave up just nine homers. How about Van Lingle Mungo, who threw 311.2 innings in 1936 and gave up just eight homers? The great Greg Maddux tossed 268 innings in 1976 and gave up only seven gophers. BTW: Clay Buchholz has tossed 32.2 innings this season and given up 10 homers.
  12. A stat that doesn’t seem to matter seems to be the walks that a team surrenders. The Rangers have given up the fewest in the AL with just 79. The Twins are next with 81. The Rangers team ERA is 3.56, the Twins is 5.52; those two additional walks were killers.
  13. Here is an interesting stat because it says something positive about the leaky Yankee pitching: only 33% of the plate appearances in which there is a runner on third and less than two outs has resulted in a score (18/54). The Indians have been more than twice as bad with 67% of the runners scoring (42/63).
  14. Toronto’s Triple A Las Vegas farm club catcher Yan Gomes is hitting .371. Gomes, born in Sao Paolo, is hoping to be the first Brazilian to make it to the majors.
  15. Heading into tonight’s action, 63% of the pitches thrown by AL pitchers have been for strikes and 63% of the pitches thrown by NL pitchers have been for strikes. The league leaders are Bartolo Colon with 70% of his pitches and Bronson Arroyo with 69%.
  16. Adrian Gonzalez has seen his home run rate drop since 2009 when he hit one every 13.8 at bats. In 2010, it was one every 19.1 AB, last year it was one every 23.3 AB, and this season one every 63.5 at bats. At the same time, his strike out percentage has increased each year from 16% in 2009 to 16.5% to 16.6% last year and 18.2% this season.
  17. Felix Hernandez has made 212 starts and in 113 he has allowed two or fewer runs. In those games he has a record of 68-12 with 33 no-decisions.
  18. Derek Jeter and Austin Jackson lead the majors with three games of 4+ hits this season. Jackson now has eight games in his career, Jeter now has 43 games tying him with Rogers Hornsby and surprisingly, the Dodger Willie Davis.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who have ever had a mother.