Each Sunday, in remembrance of my friend Nick Cafardo, I post “the Bill Chuck Files” (named by Nick in his Sunday Baseball Notes column)
Slow starts for Jackie Bradley Jr. are typical: Last season, in his first 38 games (35 starts), JBJ hit .161 with two homers and nine RBI. In 2017, in his first 33 games (32 starts), Bradley hit .202 with five homers and 14 ribbies. So far this season, Bradley is hitting .171 with no homers and one RBI, one walk, and 11 whiffs.
Jorge Polanco of the Minnesota Twins hit the first cycle of the season against the Phillies on Friday night. Thirteen teams have not yet hit for the cycle this season as triples are hard to come by.
The MLB multi-hit game leader today is Adam Jones who has seven multi-hit games with Arizona. Jones now has 514 multi-hit games in his career which began in 2006. The leader since 2006 is Robinson CAno with 685 multi-hit games.
The most RBI, Cody Bellinger has ever had in a month is 27 in both May and June of 2017. Bellinger already has 17 RBI with plenty of this month remaining.
Angels batters have the lowest swing and miss pct. in the majors at 18.6%, while the Mets have the highest at 33.6%.
Since 2015, 20 pitchers have made at least 100 starts and have a 4.00+ ERA. With a .567 winning pct., Rick Porcello has the best percentage, the most wins (59-45), the most starts (129), the most innings pitched 797.0, the most strikeouts (717), allowed the most hits (818), and hit the most batters (45). But with a 4.28 ERA overall and a 13.50 ERA this season, the free-agent to be should not be an extension candidate for Boston.
The Reds are still looking for their first sac fly and first sac bunt of the season, the only team in baseball who are totally non-sacrificial. The Reds haven’t successfully stolen a base either, they are 0-2 in attempts.
For the seventh time in his career Jason Heyward had a two-homer game last night. It was his first multi-homer game for the Cubs and his first since August 16, 2015 when Heyward played for the Cardinals and just his second since he played for the Braves in 2013.
In their one game behind the plate, umpires Dan Iassogna and Lance Barksdale each called strikes on 11 pitches which were successfully framed by the catchers in front of them. A framed strike is on a pitch that has less than a 25% chance of being called a strike. No umps have more framed strikes no matter how many games they have been behind the plate this season.
Catching up on last year’s World Series combatants. The World Champion Red Sox are 2-8 in their first 10 games. The last time they started 2-8 was in 2011 when they finished 90-72. The Dodgers are 7-2 to start the season. The last time they started 7-2 was in 2005 when they finished 71-91.
The Rays and the Cardinals have each banged into only one double play.
The last home run that Jacob deGrom allowed was September 16 of last season when Brock Holt of the Red Sox took him deep in the 3rd inning. That means in his last 32.0 innings pitched, including this season, deGreat deGrom has allowed no homers while hitting one.
In the first month of last season, Chris Sale’s fastball rate was 95.0 with a maximum velocity of normal (98.6). Thus far this season, Sale’s fastball rate is 90.7 with an abnormal maximum velocity of 94.5.
The deal that sent Chris Sale to the Red Sox from the White Sox may be starting to even out as Yoan Moncada is off to a .379 start with two homers and 10 RBI in seven games. Most importantly, he has only six strikeouts after striking out a league leading 217 times last season.
The Angels bullpen ERA is the lowest in baseball at 1.78 with the Astros right behind them at 1.90. The Astros starters have a 2.75 ERA, but the Angels’ starters ERA is 5.32.
The Diamondbacks and the Indians are the only teams who do not have a hit batsman.
Blake Treinen has not allowed a run in his first five games (6.2 IP) and now has a streak of 24.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run dating back to Aug. 23, 2018. His ERA last season was 0.78.