Here are your Nine to Know:
- Last season, Edinson Volquez and Gio Gonzalez led all pitchers with 29 starts allowing seven hits or less, but Gonzalez led with 22 starts of five hits or less.
- Last season, the average American League batting average was .255 and Dayan Viciedo was the only AL-er to hit .255.
- Last season, the average National League batting average was .254 and Darwin Barney was the only NL-er to hit .254.
- Three batters have had 160+ strikeouts each of the last three seasons: Adam Dunn, Drew Stubbs, and B.J. Upton.
- Walk this way: Last season, the Mets and the Indians led the majors giving up 119 leadoff walks, but the Reds only walked 68 batters to open an inning.
- In 2012, Anthony Rizzo and Lucas Duda each had 15 homers, 15 doubles, among their 96 hits. The difference is Rizzo hit .285, while Duda hit only .239.
- Michael Young has been on a Stairmaster since 2007 going up and down in performance every-other-year. In 2007, he hit .315. In 2008, he hit .284. In 2009, he hit .322. In 2010, he hit .284. In 2011, he hit .338. In 2012, he hit .277.
- There are four active players with at least 100 steals, 200 homers, 800 RBI and a lifetime .300+ batting average. Well, three with Chipper Jones retiring and two with Alex Rodriguez on the DL. The two are both in New York: Derek Jeter and David Wright.
- He had a bad season – The most losses without a win in 2012 honors goes to Fernando Abad who went 0-6 for the Astros.