Sunday Baseball Notes: Nine to Know from the Bill Chuck Files 1/24/16

Mark Melancon
Over the last three seasons, no pitcher has made more walk-free appearances than Mark Melancon who had 193 totaling 190.1 IP.

Nine to Know from the Bill Chuck Files 1/24/16

  1. Before his Tommy John surgery, John Lackey had a .268 BAA in 295 games; in 93 games since, his batting average against is .256.
  2. Last season, as a batter, Jonathan Lucroy hit .264, while as a catcher his pitchers had a .267 BAA.
  3. Amongst relievers who have pitched each of the last three years and totaled under 200 IP, John Axford had the most walks with 94, closely followed by Fernando Rodney with 93.
  4. Three players took 50+ called third strikes in 2015: Chris Davis (56), Dexter Fowler (54), and Ian Desmond (51).
  5. In 2015, five teams played 30 games in which they had five hits or fewer, in those games: the Yankees and the Nationals went 6-24; the Mets and Dodgers went 7-23, yet somehow the Cubs went 13-17.*
  6. Since 2011, new Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy has allowed 220 doubles, a number only exceeded by Mark Buehrle’s 223.
  7. One reason to be concerned about Yovani Gallardo is that his strikeout-to-walk ratio dropped from 2.70 in 2014 to 1.78 in 2015, the lowest of his career.
  8. The Scoutables app points out that Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon had 19 infield hits, yet scored just 13-of-24 times from second on a single. (see a little more about Charlie Blackmon below)
  9. There are two players who would support the electronic calling of balls and strikes: last season, Brandon Belt and Matt Carpenter each took 18 called strike threes on pitches that were out of the strike zone.
*As seen in Nick Cafardo‘s Sunday Baseball Notes, Boston Globe, 1/24/16

Did you see Charlie Blackmon on the basketball court?

Commissioner Manfred announcing the August 1 trade deadline this season