Sunday Baseball Notes from the Bill Chuck Files – Nine to Know 2/7/16

Clayton Kershaw shutout

Clayton Kershaw struck out 35 cleanup batters, the most in the bigs last season; he also struck out 36 leadoff hitters, the most in the majors.

With 57 days until Opening Day, starting tomorrow it’s baseball season

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 2/7/16

  1. In 2015, the Red Sox had a 4.94 ERA in the 6th, while the Yankees had a 4.94 ERA in the 7th inning, which is why both teams shored up their bullpens.*
  2. If Dale Murphy wants be in an expanded HOF, he should have quit after the 1987 season when he had a .279 avg. with 310 HR and an OPS of .862. He retired after his 1993 season and finished hitting .265, with 398 homers, and an .815 OPS.
  3. Since Mike Trout became a regular in 2012, he has played in 612 regular season games with a 337-275 (.550) record and just three postseason games (0-3).
  4. The Bill James Handbook projects that in 2016 Yoenis Cespedes hits .272 with 30 HR and 101 RBI, presumably enough to warrant an opt-out.
  5. Offensive? The Dodgers and Angels each played just 50 games in 2015 in which they had 10+ hits, only the Padres with 49 had fewer.
  6. It’s not just the draft pick attached to Yovani Gallardo that’s giving teams second thoughts: before the All-Star break last season, he had a decent 1.226 WHIP, after the break it was a dreadful 1.718.
  7. Jeff Samardzija and Max Scherzer each allowed 17 homers after the All-Star break last season, the most in the majors.
  8. Last season, new Mariner outfielder Leonys Martin had an OPS of .576, the same as Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen but also the same as Twins uber-prospect Byron Buxton.
  9. The Mets starter Noah Syndergaard pitched 21 5th innings in 2015 and did not allow an earned run; both Kyle Lohse and Rick Porcello appeared in 26 5th innings and allowed 21 ER.*
*As seen in Nick Cafardo‘s Sunday Baseball Notes in the Boston Globe – 2/7/16