The Bill Chuck Files of April 14, 2019

Each Sunday, in remembrance of my friend Nick Cafardo, I post “the Bill Chuck Files” (named by Nick in his Sunday Baseball Notes column)

On May 8, 2018, the Yankees topped the Red Sox, 3-2, dropping Boston’s record to 25-10. In Saturday’s 9-5 loss to the Orioles, the Red Sox record stood at 5-10 with no indications of a 20-game winning streak in the offing to equal last year’s record.

CC Sabathia, in his first start of the season for the Yankees, blanked the White Sox on one hit over the course of 5.0 IP. It was the 65th time in Sabathia’s career in which he started and pitched at least five innings without allowing a run. Sabathia’s record remained at 50-0 in those games since the Yankees did not score until after the big guy left the game.

So far this season, the Rockies are 0-5 at home and 0-5 against lefties.

If you are a Mets fan it’s best to stay late. The Mets have scored an MLB-leading 44 runs from the 7th inning on.

Quick Quiz: On Friday, my pick for AL Rookie of the Year, Eloy Jimenez of the White Sox, became the first visiting player to hit his first two homers at Yankee Stadium since who did it at the old ballpark in 1993? Answer below

The Melkman delivers – So far, the Pirates invested wisely when they signed Melky Cabrera. Cabrera enters Sunday action hitting .432. The Bucs signed Cabrera for cheap bucks with a $1.15MM with incentive bonuses.

Let’s put the Chris Davis nightmare behind us. But it’s a good time to bring up pitcher Bob Buhl, who was not much of a hitter (to say the least). Buhl had 76 hits in 857 at-bats in his career, for a batting average of .089. While pitching mostly for the Cubs in 1962, he went 0-70, just a part of his 0-85 skein. In his career, Buhl faced Don Drysdale 28 times, who was hard to hit for anyone, Buhl was 1-27 with one walk. To his credit, in 15 seasons, Buhl had 53 sac bunts. Buhl passed away in 2001 at the age of 72, two days before Eddie Mathews, his Braves roommate for close to a decade.

The longest hitless streaks by a non-pitcher

Chris Davis 2018-19 0-54
Eugenio Velez 2010-11 0-46
Bill Bergen 1909 0-45
Dave Campbell 1973 0-45
Craig Counsell 2011 0-45

The Mariners already have eight players with 10+ RBI. That’s twice as many as the Dodgers who lead the NL with four players and have the second most players. The productive Mariners are Tim Beckham / Jay Bruce / Edwin Encarnacion / Dee Gordon / Mitch Haniger / Ryon Healy / Domingo Santana / Daniel Vogelbach.

The first-place Padres have a +1 run differential scoring 60 runs and allowing 59, while the first-place Brewers have a zero run differential scoring and allowing 77 runs.

In 1902, Bill Dineen allowed nine homers in 371.1 IP. In 1944, Dizzy Trout allowed nine homers in 352.1 IP. In 2014, Clayton Kershaw allowed nine homers in 198.1 IP. While all that is interesting, it really becomes fascinating when you realize that the Brewers’ Corbin Burnes has already allowed nine homers this season in just 14.1 innings pitched. Burnes in not to be confused with actor Corbin Bernsen who starred as attorney Arnold Becker on the NBC drama L.A. Law.

Entering action on Saturday, the Mariners starters were 9-0, while the Reds starters were 1-4 and the Red Sox starters were 1-8 (and 1-9 after Saturday play). Cincy’s starters had an ERA of 2.73, second in the NL to the Pirates starters’ 1.83 ERA.

For the first time in their 43 years, the Blue Jays don’t have at least a hundred hits through 15 games. The Jays have totaled 96 hits, an average of 6.3 hits per game. In 1994, the Jays totaled 165 hits through their 15 games, an average of 11 hits per game. The Blue Jays have been no-hit through five innings five times already this season.

Best wishes to Ron Darling for a full and complete recovery. Let’s focus on his outstanding pitching and his insightful announcing and spend less time talking about some of the unsavory excerpts from his new book. It’s not good for Ronnie or baseball’s health.

I’m seeing double – This season, the Yankees’ Brett Gardner continues to wear #11, Greg Bird wears #33, Domingo German wears #55, Clint Frazier wears #77, and Aaron Judge wears #99. Oh, and Yankees third-base coach Phil Nevin wears #88.

The White Sox won a rain-shortened game on Friday topping the Yankees, 9-6, with game stopped by rain after seven innings. The last time the Sox won a shortened game was August 4, 2014 when they topped the Rangers, 5-3, once again in seven innings. Don’t surprised if you see this item reappear in my new page in the terrific Chicago Sun-Times’ Saturday Sports section, which is a great addition to the Saturday edition with contributions from the talented group of Chicago scribes.

Quick Quiz answer – Manny Ramirez on Sept. 3, 1993, in his second career game, playing for the Cleveland Indians, went deep twice against the Yankees’ Melido Perez and Paul Gibson.