Bill Chuck’s Nine to Know

  1. On this date in 1971, the Giants’ Juan Marichal pitched the 50th shutout of his career, he finished with 52 blankings. Roy Halladay is the only active pitcher with more complete games than Marichal had shutouts. Halladay leads all active pitchers with 60 complete games and 20 shutouts.
  2. Mark Teixeira tied Darryl Strawberry for 95th place on the all-time home run list with 335. Teixeira has hit 132 homers as a Yankee, Strawberry hit 41 Yankee homers.
  3. Alfonso Soriano passed Johnny Mize and tied Lance Berkman and Gary Gaetti for 74th place on the all-time home run list, with 360. As an aside, Mize hit 44 homers as a Yankee, Soriano hit 98 Yankee homers, Berkman hit one homer as Yank, and Gaetti never played for the New Yorkers.
  4. Despite a tumultuous off-season and the absence of Prince Fielder protecting him in the lineup, Ryan Braun is having one of his best seasons. He already has 29 homers, just eight short of his career high. He’s hitting .304.
  5. How many guesses would it take before you would get that the leader in multiple extra-base hit games this season is Yonder Alonso with 12?
  6. Which is more interesting? The first-place Yankees already have nine players with at least 10 homers or that the first-place Giants and the last-place Padres only have two players with at least 10 homers.
  7. The Mets have scored 221 two-out runs, but the Giants have only scored 133.
  8. The Giants are the only team with six players with at least three triples, while the Red Sox are the only team with none.
  9. No whammy, no whammy, no whammy! The last time the A’s made the postseason was 2006. The last time the Orioles made the postseason was 1997. The last time the Pirates made the postseason was 1992.