The Bill Chuck Files of June 16, 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)

When the Dodgers homer:

  • When the Dodgers hit no homers in a game this season, they are 8-9
  • When the Dodgers hit one homer in a game this season, they are 14-8
  • When the Dodgers hit two homers in a game this season, they are 12-4
  • When the Dodgers hit three homers in a game this season, they are 8-3

The Mets lead the majors with 20 different batters with homers.

Speaking of the Mets and homers, Edwin Diaz is allowing too many of them

YearTmGHR
2016SEA495
2017SEA6610
2018SEA735
2019NYM305

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: Generated prior to games 6/16/2019.

Relievers with the most scoreless appearances this season

Player# GamesIPTm
Brandon Workman3129.0BOS
Amir Garrett2926.0CIN
Bryan Shaw2830.2COL
Hansel Robles2827.2LAA
Brad Hand2829.0CLE
Andrew Chafin2817.2ARI
Ryan Pressly2728.2HOU
Yoan Lopez2724.0ARI
Francisco Liriano2728.2PIT
Alex Claudio2721.1MIL
Cam Bedrosian2728.2LAA

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: Generated prior to games of 6/16/2019.

The Minnesota Twins already have had 13 players with games of at least four hits. Jorge Polanco and C.J. Cron lead the majors each with four games of 4+ hits. George Springer is the only Astro to achieve this feat this season with a five-hit game against the Rangers. The 1924 and 1933 Washington Senators each had 29 games of 4+ hit games, the franchise record. The 1974 Twins hold the Minnesota record with 21 games.

Teams that have hit 3+ homers in at least 15 games this season

Tm# GamesWLHR
SEA2014674
MIL2015571
MIN1916380
HOU1918166
LAD1613357
NYY1515055
CHC159652
ARI1513259

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: Generated prior to games of 6/16/2019.

Trade watch – Keep an eye on Matthew Boyd of the Tigers. The lefty is 28, with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.083 WHIP for the Dreadful Tigers. In 88.2 IP has struck out 112 and walked 17. The only trouble is that in Boyd’s last three starts in 16.0 IP he’s allowed 20 hits and 11 runs (10 ER). He’s walked only two and struck out 24, but has a .290 BAA.

Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen now has 20+ saves in eight straight seasons. Kenley has walked just five batters this season, none intentionally. While he does not have an IBB, he does have one IB. Yes, Jansen has an intentional balk. Friday night, Jansen’s Dodgers were leading the Cubs 5-3 with two outs and Jason Heyward on second base and Victor Caratini at the plate. At that point, Kenley announced to his team on the field, “I’m going to balk.” He then stepped on the mound and balked as often as he could until the umps sent Heyward to third base. Presumably, Jansen didn’t want Heyward possibly stealing signs. It worked, Caratini whiffed and we now have new stat for Jayson Stark to brilliantly write about.

Speaking of Jansen, Kenley has now allowed five homers and five walks. The record for most homers equaling walks in a season is held by the Milwaukee Braves’ Lew Burdette who in 1939 allowed 38 homers and 38 walks.

Four players have had 3+ hits in 10 games this season, the most in the majors:

Player# GamesH
Eduardo Escobar1031
David Dahl1031
Charlie Blackmon1034
Nolan Arenado1030

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: Generated prior to games of 6/16/2019.

The Giants have won 30 games this season, 16 by one run. They are 30-39 .441 overall and 16-6 .727 in one-run contests.

Nine to Know: Teams that have struck 10+ times in a game at least 30 this season

Tm# GamesWLSO
SEA381424445
SDP381523447
TEX361323445
TOR35827409
DET331617407
CHW321319390
MIL311615392
WSN301020339
TBR301515373

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: Generated prior to games of 6/16/2019.

-30-

Including Sunday’s home run by Cameron Maybin, the Yankees have now homered in 19 consecutive games, hitting 30 total homers. But wait there’s more…Including homers hit today by the White Sox Jose Abreu and James McCann, the Yankees pitchers have allowed homers in 15 consecutive games, permitting 30 homers.

A Twitter Declaration

There will be many home runs hit on Wednesday. Like every day. For one day, let’s try not to glorify homers and appreciate all the other aspects of baseball that are so terrific. So tweet away and use the hashtag #NoHomerWednesday.

My dad introduced me to baseball

He taught me so many things about the game and we shared many wonderful (and miserable) moments watching the game we loved. Of all the Father’s Days we shared, the one I remember most clearly was in 1964 when we watched the first game of a doubleheader between the Mets and the visiting Phillies (the second game was not to be televised). On that day, Jim Bunning pitched a perfect game against the Mets. Bunning struck out 10 and retired the Mets on just 89 pitches, winning 6-0. The game took 2:19. We probably went out for Chinese food for dinner and then watched Bunning introduced on The Ed Sullivan Show and Ed proved that it was “a really big shew,” by also introducing Ken Venturi, who earlier in the day won the U.S. Open battling the 90 degrees and very humid weather. All in all, a pretty great memory.

Happy Father’s Day memories to all.