From the Bill Chuck Friday Files…Ellsbury, Braun, Papelbon, Hudson, Rodney and more

This is what you should be talking about today….

Nine to Know

  1. The Pirates are 24-17 their best start since the 1992 Bucs opened at 24-17. That team finished with 96 victories, the last time Pittsburgh finished the season with a winning record.
  2. Jacoby Ellsbury has gone 6-for-his-last-46 and has produced 137 outs (AB-H+CS+GDP+SF+SH), the most in baseball.
  3. Ryan Braun leads the majors with seven intentional walks while the Rays, as a team, have one.
  4. Since the start of the 2012 season, Jonathan Papelbon has picked up 45 saves. Over that same stretch, eight Red Sox relievers have earned 44 saves.
  5. Hard to believe, but the Padres are hitting just .202 with no one out in an inning and the Braves are hitting just .206.
  6. Hard to believe, but righty Nationals batters when facing lefties are only hitting .207 and Yankee righties are hitting their area code, .212.
  7. Blue Jays catchers have only thrown out 1-of-7 base runners attempting to steal third.
  8. Braves pitcher Tim Hudson is 6-for-19 this season at the plate (.319) while Dodgers utility guy Luis Cruz is 6-for-69 (.087).
  9. Last season, in 76 appearances over 74.2 IP, Fernando Rodney walked 15 batters. This season, in 16 appearances over 15.1 IP, Fernando Rodney has walked 15 batters.