Sunday Baseball Notes from the Bill Chuck Files – Nine to Know 2/14/16


Justin Upton is the only player who over the last three seasons has hit at least 25 homers but less than 30 HR

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files – February 14, 2016

  1. The Rockies were the only team in the majors who did not have a pitcher with 10+ strikeouts in a game; nine was their highest and achieved only three times.
  2. Over the last two seasons, both Adrian Beltre and Carlos Santana have a .361 OBP, but they reached it in very different ways. Beltre has hit .304 with 98 walks and Santana has hit .231, each of the last two seasons, with 221 walks.
  3. There has never been a “Trump” in the majors, but there have been 18 “Bernies” including Bernie Williams (the only All-Star), and Bernie Carbo.*
  4. Only three players have hit 20+ homers each season since 2009: Nelson Cruz, Brian McCann, and David Ortiz.
  5. In 2014, Ian Kennedy allowed nine homers off his fastball, but in 2015, he allowed 22.
  6. All 162 Oakland A’s games will be televised for first time in franchise history.
  7. Free agent Alberto Callaspo has hit 14 triples in his 10-year MLB career but he has a streak of 722 games without hitting one, the longest active streak in the majors.
  8. Since 2012, the only AL-ers who have hit 100+ homers, 100+ doubles, but struck out under 300 times, were the veterans Albert Pujols (115 HR, 128 doubles, 274 Ks) and Adrian Beltre (103 HR, 130 doubles, 299 Ks)
  9. Yoenis Cespedes in his last 21 games of the regular season hit three homers, drove home eight and hit just .233. Including the postseason, in his last 35 games he hit five homers, drove home 16 and hit only .228 (and whiffed 36 times).
*as seen in Nick Cafardo‘s Sunday Baseball Notes column, Boston Globe: 2/14/16