I love the Mets signing of Antonio Bastardo, the lefty who held lefties last season to 14 total bases in 73 PA and a .138 BA.
Nine to Know from the Bill Chuck Files of January 31, 2016
With 64 days until Opening Day, we are celebrating Nolan Ryan, Ernie Banks, and Jackie Robinson all born on this date
- The demise of Alex Rios’ offense has been precipitous: in 2012, he accumulated 312 total bases; in 2013, it dropped to 266; in 2014, it was down to 196; and last season, he accumulated just 136.
- Marcus Semien and Stephen Vogt of the A’s led the majors in 2015 playing in 46 losses at home. The Braves’ Nick Markakis led the majors with 55 losses on the road.
- The Red Sox are on the hook for $9 million to Allen Craig for next season; last season Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts cost Boston just over $1 million combined.
- Last season, David Price against lefties threw 475 fastballs and batters hit .261 against it, his second favorite pitch was the cutter, Price threw 124 and lefties hit .343 off it.*
- No pitcher allowed more sac bunts last season than the 16 permitted by Jon Niese.
- A Ruthian season: Paul Goldschmidt was the only player last year to hit .300, with 30 homers and 100 RBI, a feat Babe Ruth achieved a record 12 times. Goldschmidt hit .321 with 33 homers and 110 ribbies.
- In 2015, Cody Allen led the majors with seven saves in which he recorded at least four outs. In 1965, Stu Miller and Bob Lee led the majors with 19 saves in which they recorded at least four outs.*
- Yusmeiro Petit and Tyler Clippard led all relievers producing 27 pop-ups in 2015. Clippard, on the other hand only induced two DPs in 57 opportunities, 0-for-30 with the Mets.
- Doug Fister struggled with arm pain in 2015, but from 2012-14 he had a 3.22 ERA, the 11th best in baseball just ahead of Jered Weaver, Kyle Lohse, and Max Scherzer (all at 3.24).
As seen in Nick Cafardo‘s Sunday Baseball Notes, Boston Globe, 1/31/16