The Bill Chuck Files of June 23, 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)

The Tigers, Marlins, and Giants are the only teams without a 10+ home run hitter. The Twins, Athletics, and Mariners have seven 10+ homer hitters each.

The Home Run Derby which now has a $1 million prize should be restricted to players who are making less than $1 million per season.

The Dodgers have won 25 straight games when scoring 4 or more runs.

In 31 games at home this season, Christian Yelich has 20 singles and 21 homers (and only five doubles)

In blowout games (games decided by 5+ runs), the Orioles are 3-22 .120, the worst record in the majors.

In his last start, Clayton Kershaw threw exactly 00 pitches. It is the 197th time in his career in which he has thrown at least 100 pitches. When throwing 100 pitches, Kershaw is 109-39 with a 1.90 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.

Since May 17, in his last seven starts, Jon Lester has pitched just 37.3 innings, but allowed 50 hits, 33 runs (30 ER), and permitted 11 homers. He has a 7.17 ERA and a .325 BAA with a 1.000 OPS against.

Robinson Cano is the oldest player on the Mets 40-man roster born on October 22, 1982, which is 10 years after new 82-year old pitching coach Phil Regan appeared in his last MLB game (July 15, 1972 when he was 35 years old).

Make Mets Great Again – The quality of the Wilpons management style and personnel decisions are almost as awful as that of the Trump administration.

Blue Jays reliever Sam Gaviglio has appeared in 26 games this season and allowed runs in 15, the most in the majors.

One more about the Mets. In 1983, the Mets hit 112 homers in 162 games. That’s an average of .69 homers per game. They homered once every 48.6 AB. So far this season, in 77 games, the Mets have hit 107 homers. That’s an average of 1.39 homers per game, basically, double that of the 1983 team. They have homered once every 28.84 at bat. In 1983, Darryl Strawberry set the Mets rookie record with 26 homers in 122 games. With deep respect to the talents of Mets rookie Pete Alonso who has tied Strawberry’s record with 26 homers in 76 games, it’s simply not a comparable game. Strawberry hit against a baseball, Alonso is hitting against a Spaldeen.

They started as the Devil Rays, then they became the Tampa Bay Rays, coming soon: The Tampa Bay Grays, where the team plays 162 road games.

In 31 games at home this season, Joey Votto has homered once.

Going into action today, the Indians had the best record in the AL in June at 13-6 and reduced their second-place deficit behind the Twins from 10.5 games to 9.0 games.

Red Sox reliever Brandon Workman leads the majors with 29 hitless appearances covering 28.0 IP. The Yankees’ Adam Ottavino and Tommy Kahnle, the White Sox Alex Colome, Oakland’s Ryan Buchter, and the Dodgers’ Pedro Baez are next with 22 hitless appearances each.

It is my privilege to contribute each week to the Chicago Sun-Times SportsSaturday each week. This week I wrote about Michael Jordan, the guy who played baseball 25 years ago. In Jordan’s first game with the Birmingham Barons, he faced pitcher John Courtright. Unlike Michael, Courtright played one game in the majors. In 1995 he pitched an inning for the Reds and allowed a run on two hits. Here’s something cool: In the top of the 8th, in a double-switch, Reds manager Davey Johnson put Courtright and Jerome Walton into the game. Walton replaced pitcher Scott Sullivan in the number nine in the lineup, and Courtright was put into the leadoff spot, replacing the centerfielder who made the final out in the bottom of the 7th. That centerfielder was a real two-sport star, Deion Sanders the great baseball/football superstar.

The Dodgers are playing historically great baseball. Very similar to the 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers. Very similar.

Tm Start End W L T W-L% RS RA Rdiff Twl Rank Postseason
LAD 2019-03-28 2019-06-22 53 25 0 .679 409 279 130 53-25 1 ———
BRO 1941-04-15 1941-07-12 52 25 1 .675 409 279 130 100-54 1 NL Pennant

In 1941, in Game 75, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves played a seven-inning 4-4 tie. That’s the only way this oddity could have occurred.