Markakis, Manny, Mookie, Tyler(s), and more…
- In the 2018 regular season, no batter had more PA with runners on base than Nick Markakis who had 362 PA and hit .325; Manny Machado was next with 341 PA, and he hit .303.
- The slowest pitcher in 2018 was Justin Verlander at 27.0 seconds in between pitches; next was David Price at 26.9 seconds.
- Seattle reliever Edwin Diaz established his presence upon his arrival in games by striking out an MLB-leading 34 of the 73 first batters he faced. On the other hand, Emilio Pagan and Kenley Jansen each allowed homers to six first-batters.
- The MLB average for qualified hitters with two outs in the regular season was .254, which really makes 2018 MVPs Mookie Betts’ .382 and Christian Yelich’s .370 really impressive.
- The Mets, Rays and Diamondbacks have never had a player win an MVP Award.
- The Bucs/Rays’ Tyler Glasnow led all relievers with 12 wild pitches in 2018.
- Only three pitchers with at least 30 starts each season have compiled an ERA over 4.00 each of the last two years: Tanner Roark, Jose Quintana, and Rick Porcello.
- Tyler Chatwood had an ERA of 3.87 in 2016, 4.69 in 2017, and 5.30 in 2018. Oh, and in 2016 he walked 70; in 2017, he walked 77; and in 2018, he walked 95 all while pitching fewer innings each season.
- Two outs and runners in scoring position, who do you want on the mound? I’m opting for Blake Snell who in 2018 had a BAA of .058 (3-52).