Nine to Know: Odd but true

1. The Nationals defeated the Giants last night holding San Francisco to a safety in a 14-2 victory. The Cowboys defeated the Raiders in pre-season football, three-nil.

2. The Nationals remain the only team with over 70 wins with a record of 72-44. This franchise started as the Montreal Expos in 1969 and the franchise has won over 70 games 32 times and won 72+ games 28 times. The franchise record for wins is 95, held by the 1979 Montreal Expos. The Nationals record for wins is 81 in 2005.

3. Adam Dunn hit two more homers to bring him to 33 on the season and 398 in his career. He also now has 1000 career RBI. Only four players in baseball history have hit at least 390 homers, driven home at least 1000 runs, walked at least 1100 times and struck out at least 1900 times.

Rk HR RBI BB SO From To G AB BA Tm
1 Jim Thome 611 1695 1743 2534 1991 2012 2533 8390 .277 CLE-PHI-CHW-MIN-TOT
2 Alex Rodriguez 644 1937 1204 2000 1994 2012 2496 9551 .301 SEA-TEX-NYY
3 Reggie Jackson 563 1702 1375 2597 1967 1987 2820 9864 .262 KCA-OAK-BAL-NYY-CAL
4 Adam Dunn 398 1000 1147 1976 2001 2012 1683 5794 .241 CIN-TOT-WSN-CHW
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Generated 8/14/2012.

4. Alfonso Soriano and Joe DiMaggio are now tied for 73rd place on the all time home run list, with 361. In 7347 plate appearances, Soriano has 998 RBI and a .274 batting average. In 7673 plate appearances, Joe D had 1537 RBI and a .325 lifetime average.

5. The Angels’ 20-year-old wunderkind Mike Trout stole his 37th base last night tying him with Jose Cardenal for third-most by an Angels rookie, behind Chad Curtis (43) and Gary Pettis (48). Cardinal and Trout are tied for 18th on the all-time Angels single-season SB list. Here’s the Angels top 20 in steals:

Rk Player SB Year Age
1 Mickey Rivers 70 1975 26
2 Chone Figgins 62 2005 27
3 Gary Pettis 56 1985 27
4 Luis Polonia 55 1993 29
5 Chone Figgins 52 2006 28
6 Luis Polonia 51 1992 28
7 Gary Pettis 50 1986 28
8 Chad Curtis 48 1993 24
9 Luis Polonia 48 1991 27
10 Gary Pettis 48 1984 26
11 Devon White 44 1989 26
12 Chad Curtis 43 1992 23
13 Chone Figgins 42 2009 31
14 Chone Figgins 41 2007 29
15 Bobby Bonds 41 1977 31
16 Jerry Remy 41 1977 24
17 Sandy Alomar 39 1971 27
18 Mike Trout 37 2012 20
19 Jose Cardenal 37 1965 21
20 Jerry Remy 35 1976 23
21 Sandy Alomar 35 1970 26
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Generated 8/14/2012.

6. In 2009, the Pirates led the NL with 13 passed balls and the Rockies had nine. Last night, Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario committed his 14th passed ball of the season, a club record.

7. Speaking about the Pirates, they need 18 wins to finish over .500 and they have 47 games remaining.

8. The Astros had never lost 100 games prior to last season when they finished 56-106. At the 117-game mark last season, the Astros were 38-79. This season, they are (you guessed it) 38-79.

9. How good has the Rays pitching been in August? Very.

Here’s how every team has done this month:

RK TEAM

W

L

ERA

IP

ER

R

BB

SO

BAA

1 Tampa Bay

9

2

1.87

101.0

21

22

25

84

.193

2 Atlanta

7

5

2.55

106.0

30

33

25

86

.244

3 Washington

11

3

2.84

130.0

41

44

50

113

.211

4 LA Dodgers

7

4

3.12

98.0

34

34

34

96

.223

5 Philadelphia

7

5

3.14

109.0

38

43

26

88

.233

6 Baltimore

7

4

3.50

103.0

40

43

30

79

.251

7 Kansas City

7

5

3.50

108.0

42

47

31

74

.235

8 Chicago Sox

6

5

3.69

102.1

42

43

36

92

.255

9 Cincinnati

7

5

3.72

104.0

43

45

21

93

.247

10 Miami

5

8

3.78

112.0

47

56

49

77

.287

11 San Diego

8

4

3.86

105.0

45

49

45

82

.231

12 Arizona

5

6

3.87

95.1

41

47

27

72

.260

13 NY Yankees

8

4

4.03

105.0

47

51

19

89

.282

14 St. Louis

7

5

4.10

107.2

49

52

38

75

.259

15 Houston

3

9

4.17

110.0

51

62

45

96

.262

16 Minnesota

6

6

4.25

108.0

51

58

37

71

.278

17 Oakland

5

6

4.26

105.2

50

52

26

91

.271

18 Seattle

4

7

4.38

98.2

48

50

23

66

.264

19 Toronto

4

8

4.41

112.1

55

58

38

95

.255

20 NY Mets

5

6

4.55

97.0

49

50

31

76

.226

21 Milwaukee

5

6

4.58

94.1

48

50

23

79

.282

22 Pittsburgh

5

7

4.58

106.0

54

60

27

92

.238

23 Detroit

7

5

4.64

106.2

55

60

24

95

.310

24 Chicago Cubs

2

10

4.66

102.1

53

56

35

80

.267

25 San Francisco

7

6

4.77

115.0

61

63

49

89

.282

26 Boston

4

8

4.79

107.0

57

59

37

79

.261

27 Cleveland

4

9

5.42

116.1

70

85

50

90

.286

28 Texas

8

4

5.47

107.0

65

70

50

106

.270

29 Colorado

5

7

6.26

105.0

73

77

52

68

.285

30 LA Angels

3

9

6.30

105.2

74

84

39

86

.287

LEAGUE AVERAGES

W

L

ERA

IP

ER

R

BB

SO

BAA

American League

6

6

4.32

106

51

56

33

86

.264

National League

6

6

4.03

106

47

51

36

85

.252

Major League Baseball

6

6

4.17

106

49

53

35

85

.258