The Bill Chuck Files of August 25, 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)


  1. The Dodgers’ Joe Kelly has gone 10 straight appearances without allowing a run. In 9.1 IP, he has struck out 12 and walked two, giving up four hits.
  2. With RISP this season, Brett Gardner is hitting .163, Alex Bregman is hitting .212, and Jackie Bradley Jr. is hitting .216.
  3. Astros pitchers hold batters to a .209 BA with two outs in the inning; Orioles pitchers BAA is .290 with two down.
  4. Zero – Only one team has not allowed a grand slam homer this season: the NY Mets
  5. After an 0-2 count, Blue Jays pitchers lead the league with 42 walks.
  6. Jeff McNeil of the Mets leads all left-handed batters against lefty pitchers hitting .348. Anthony Rizzo is hitting just .231, and Jackie Bradley Jr. is hitting .205.
  7. Cody Bellinger through May 31 hit .379 with 20 homers. Since June 1, Bellinger has hir .269 with 22 homers in 51 more at bats.
  8. Zero – the Astro remain the only team who have not issued an intentional pass this season.
  9. Earlier this week the Padres hit into four double plays against the Mets; the most in a nine-inning this season were the five DPS the Marlins hit into against the Phillies in June.
  10. Why the 1-1 pitch is so important – On 2-1 pitches, Juan Soto is 14-19, an amazing .737. On 1-2 pitches, Juan Soto is 33-55, a pedestrian .236.
  11. D.J. LeMahieu leads the majors with 109 singles.
  12. Speaking of singles – In 2015, 69 players had 100+ singles; in 2016, 65 players had 100+ singles; in 2017, 47 players had 100+ singles; in 2018, 40 players had 100+ singles; and thus far this season, five players have 100+ singles.
  13. Zero – Adam Eaton leads the majors with 57 walks, the most of any player without an intentional pass.
  14. The Indians and the White Sox lead the majors with five complete games and the Tribe lead the majors with four complete game shutouts. In 2011, Cliff Lee (whose birthday is August 30) threw six shutouts.
  15. The Dodgers have hit more homers at home this season (118) than totaled home and away in 2011 (117) and 2012 (116).
  16. Shane Bieber and Jacob deGrom each have struck out 207 batters and each has a .215 BAA.
  17. Zero – Franmil Reyes leads the majors with 30 homers, the most of any player without an HBP.
  18. The Orioles’ Hanser Alberto leads the majors hitting .352 on the road (68-193); Mike Trout is hitting .299 (he and Jorge Soler lead the majors with 22 homers); Pete Alonso leads the majors with 37 road extra-base hits and is hitting .285; and on the road Jackie Bradley Jr. is hitting .191, 142 out of 142 eligible batters.
  19. Hyun-Jin Ryu leads all MLB pitchers with 152.2 IP without throwing a wild pitch.
  20. Zero – Last season, there were no pitchers who struck out 200+ batters and issued 70+ walks. This season, Trevor Bauer has 215 K and 71 BB. In 1938, Bob Feller struck out 240 and walked 208.