The Bill Chuck Files of August 11, 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 steady decline of Cody Bellinger this season

It looks like Christian Yelich is on his way to back-to-back NL MVPs.

Cody Bellinger’s decline by month

  G AB PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K BA OBP SLG OPS
Totals 114 410 487 90 129 23 2 37 88 70 79 .315 .415 .651 1.066
Mar/Apr 31 109 132 32 47 6 1 14 37 19 15 .431 .508 .890 1.397
May 25 94 109 18 30 7 0 6 15 15 16 .319 .413 .585 .998
Jun 26 92 110 17 25 5 1 7 15 18 20 .272 .391 .576 .967
Jul 23 84 102 19 22 4 0 7 13 15 20 .262 .382 .560 .942
Aug 9 31 34 4 5 1 0 3 8 3 8 .161 .235 .484 .719

Bellinger First half of the season (Dodgers’ Games 1-81 – Through June 25)

Total and versus lefties/righties

G AB PA R H 1B 2B 3B HR RBI XBH BB K BA OBP SLG OPS
Total 77 275 329 62 97 53 17 2 25 62 44 50 49 .353 .450 .702 1.152
Lefty 73 93 113 21 33 19 4 0 10 24 14 19 16 .355 .460 .720 1.181
Righty 77 182 216 41 64 34 13 2 15 38 30 31 33 .352 .444 .692 1.137

In games 1-81, Bellinger hit .311 with runners in scoring position

Bellinger Second half of the season (Dodgers’ Games 1-81 – Through June 25)

Total and versus lefties/righties

  G AB PA R H 1B 2B 3B HR RBI XBH BB K BA OBP SLG OPS
Totals 37 135 158 28 32 14 6 0 12 26 18 20 30 .237 .342 .548 .890
Lefty 36 46 53 6 9 4 2 0 3 8 5 7 9 .196 .302 .435 .737
Righty 37 89 105 22 23 10 4 0 9 18 13 13 21 .258 .362 .607 .969

In games 82-119, Bellinger has hit .214 with runners in scoring position

IMPEACH #45

Don’t go to MLB.com to try to purchase a personalized jersey with the number 45 and the name, “IMPEACH” because they will tell you, “We are unable to customize this item with the text you have entered. Please try a different entry.” But wouldn’t it be terrific if one of the players who wear #45 were to use the nickname “IMPEACH” for Player’s Weekend? Here are the guys who could do it:

Player Tm
Matt Beaty LAD
Xavier Cedeno CHC
Jhoulys Chacin MIL
Taylor Clarke ARI
Gerrit Cole HOU
Patrick Corbin WSN
Buck Farmer DET
Michael Feliz PIT
Kevin Gausman ATL
Derek Holland CHC
Jon Jay CHW
Kristopher Negron SEA
Peter O’Brien MIA
Scott Oberg COL
Thomas Pannone TOR
Adam Plutko CLE
Austin Pruitt TBR
Tyler Skaggs LAA
Locke St. John TEX
Luke Voit NYY
Zack Wheeler NYM
Kyle Zimmer KCR

Which pitcher has a 4.77 ERA since winning the Cy Young Award?

(answer below)

I’m waiting for Jay Bruce to return from the IL to see what happens with his homers and singles totals. Right now, he has hit 24 of each.

It’s not all about homers: Team Batting Averages with Runners In Scoring Position

(through Friday, August 9)

2019 vs 2018: Teams in bold are up this season

Team w/RISP 2019 2018
New York Yankees .300 .253
Colorado Rockies .287 .259
Boston Red Sox .286 .289
Cincinnati Reds .283 .254
Minnesota Twins .280 .283
Los Angeles Dodgers .277 .253
Texas Rangers .274 .243
Pittsburgh Pirates .273 .266
Kansas City Royals .268 .244
Washington Nationals .268 .260
Atlanta Braves .268 .274
Arizona Diamondbacks .266 .248
New York Mets .264 .245
Chicago White Sox .264 .238
Chicago Cubs .259 .247
San Diego Padres .259 .230
San Francisco Giants .259 .239
Houston Astros .258 .285
Oakland Athletics .255 .266
Philadelphia Phillies .255 .243
Seattle Mariners .254 .248
Los Angeles Angels .253 .249
St. Louis Cardinals .249 .256
Baltimore Orioles .248 .236
Tampa Bay Rays .248 .251
Miami Marlins .248 .247
Milwaukee Brewers .247 .246
Cleveland Indians .246 .260
Toronto Blue Jays .239 .252
Detroit Tigers .216 .237

After an 0-2 count, Freddie Freeman leads the majors hitting .329 (24-73). Freeman also leads with a .347 OBP. Mike Trout and Alex Bregman lead the majors with nine walks each. Hunter Dozier 2-62, hitting .032.

Orioles pitchers have allowed 85 two-out homers, 72 one-out homers, and 83 no-out homers. They lead the majors in each of those categories.

No room for seniors – The Astros, Nationals, Phillies, Rays, Brewers, Reds, and Cubs have not had a homer this season from a player aged 36+.

Quiz Answer

Since he won the AL CYA in 2016, Rick Porcello has made 90 starts and has a 4.77 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. Overall, in his career, Porcello has a 4.35 ERA which includes the 2016 outlier season when his ERA was 3.15. Excluding that season, Porcello has a 4.50 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Porcello is a free-agent after this season as he carries a 5.67 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Max Scherzer won the 2016 NL Cy; his ERA has been 2.49 since then