Sunday MLB Notes & Stats – From the Bill Chuck Files of March 6, 2016

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 3/6/16 – 29 days until Opening Day

Happy birthday Jake Arrieta and the anniversary of the births of HOFers Willie Stargell and Lefty Grove

  1. 2015 was the second season in which there were two rookies with 170+ whiffs. Last season: Kris Bryant 199 K and Joc Pederson 170 K. In 1986, Pete Incaviglia struck out 185 times and ROY Jose Canseco whiffed 175 times.
  2. New White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier over the last four seasons has hit .258 with 102 HR and a .787 OPS. Over the same time, ChiSox third basemen have hit .229 with 54 HR and a .635 OPS.
  3. David Ortiz is the only player in the majors with 100+ RBI seasons each of the last three years.*
  4. Over the last six seasons, only four full-time relievers have thrown 60+ innings each season: David Robertson, Jonathan Papelbon, Tyler Clippard, and Burke Badenhop.
  5. Last season, amongst batters with at least 100 PA with runners in scoring position, none hit lower than Jimmy Rollins (.136)
  6. With all the fun cars and pigs, I still can’t shake the fact that in the 30 games from September 15 through the postseason, Yoenis Cespedes hit only .220 with two homers, 10 RBI and 32 whiffs.
  7. In his career, Koji Uehara has pitched 175.2 9th innings with a .185 BAA while in 84.0 8th innings he has a .170 BAA.*
  8. In 2014, the Detroit Tigers had a +52 run differential, but in 2015 it was -114.
  9. No batter hit more homers without receiving an intentional pass in 2015 than Josh Donaldson who hit 41 dingers; the record belongs to Roger Maris who in 1961 hit a record 61 homers.
*As seen in Nick Cafardo‘s Sunday Baseball Notes, Boston Globe, 3/6/16