The Bill Chuck Files of September 1, 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)

Is it fatigue, boredom, or just baseball for these three Dodgers stars?

Cody Bellinger

SplitGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOBAOBPSLGOPS
April/March3113210932476114371915.431.508.8901.397
May25109941830706151516.319.413.585.998
June26110921725517151820.272.391.576.967
July23102831922407131520.265.386.566.952
August28113981823818211523.235.336.582.918

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Generated 9/1/2019.

Hyun-Jin Ryu

SplitWLW-L%ERAGCGSHOIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
April/March31.7502.9650027.1269962331.024
May501.0000.5961145.2283303360.679
June11.5002.7050030.03213942251.133
July201.0000.5550032.2254209231.041
August13.2507.4840021.230181854201.569

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Generated 9/1/2019.

Clayton Kershaw

SplitWLW-L%ERAGIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
April/March101.0002.25320.0115524210.750
May401.0004.22532.036151565281.281
June22.5002.93640.036151356331.050
July201.0001.44425.0145417350.840
August42.6673.32638.0271414911481.000

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The Nationals were the best team in August

Team W L Win%
WSH 19 7 .731
NYY 21 9 .700
ATL 19 9 .679
HOU 19 9 .679
STL 18 9 .667
OAK 17 9 .654
TB 17 10 .630
MIN 17 11 .607
NYM 17 11 .607
LAD 17 11 .607
ARI 16 11 .593
CHC 16 12 .571
CLE 16 13 .552
BOS 14 13 .519
PHI 13 14 .481
CWS 14 16 .467
SD 13 15 .464
MIL 12 14 .462
CIN 13 16 .448
TEX 13 16 .448
TOR 12 15 .444
PIT 12 16 .429
SF 11 16 .407
SEA 10 16 .385
LAA 9 18 .333

D.J. LeMahieu’s homer gave the Yankees a 4-3 walkoff win against the A’s yesterday. It was the Yankees first walkoff homer of the season. The Dodgers lead the majors with seven walkoff homers this season. All four of the Yankees runs came on solo homers, the second time this season they won with four solo homers accounting for all their runs having beaten the Jays in June, 4-3. They have had two games in which they hit two solo homers to account for all their runs, losing both to the very same A’s and Jays.

Through August, the Tigers have hit 126 in 134 games and the Marlins have hit 117 homers in 135 games, making them the only teams in the majors who are averaging less than one homer per game this season. In 2018, six teams hit 161 homers or less (meaning they average under one homer per game); in 2017, just two teams hit 161 or fewer; there were seven teams in 2016, and 16 teams in 2015. There can be no more than six teams this season:

RkTmGHR
1PIT136149
2SFG135148
3CHW135142
4KCR137138
5DET134126
6MIA135117

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Nolan Arenado is the first third baseman in MLB history to have five consecutive seasons with 30 or more home runs and 100 or more RBI.

The Great Mike Trout

A dozen players with the most seasons of 30+ homers, 10+ steals, 100+ RBI, 20+ doubles, and an OPS of 1.000+

Name Yrs From To
Barry B*nds 9 1992 2001
Alex Rodriguez 5 1996 2007
Babe Ruth 5 1920 1930
Jeff Bagwell 4 1994 1999
Ken Griffey Jr. 4 1993 1997
Mike Trout 3 2017 2019
Albert Pujols 3 2005 2010
Larry Walker 3 1997 2001
Gary Sheffield 3 1996 2003
Frank Robinson 3 1960 1962
Mickey Mantle 3 1956 1958
Lou Gehrig 3 1927 1931

The Toronto Blue Jays have divided their 55 wins amongst 22 pitchers setting a team record for most pitchers with at least one win. The fourth-place Jays are first in the majors in that category.

Top 10 BA leaders in August

Rk Name Tm G PA AB H HR BA
1 Wilson Ramos New York 26 104 99 43 3 .434
2 Alex Bregman Houston 26 117 99 40 6 .404
3 Nelson Cruz Minnesota 19 80 72 29 8 .403
4 J.D. Martinez Boston 26 118 99 39 10 .394
5 Anthony Rendon Washington 26 120 104 41 8 .394
6 Gio Urshela New York 26 109 104 40 7 .385
7 Michael Brantley Houston 25 109 98 37 3 .378
8 Trevor Story Colorado 27 124 109 41 7 .376
9 Kolten Wong St. Louis 25 88 75 28 2 .373
10 Tim Anderson Chicago 28 124 121 44 3 .364

Albert Pujols now has 3184 hits that same as Cal Ripken Jr., which is 14th on the all-time hit list. Number 3184 was his 20th homer of the season which puts him in a very select company of players with 20+ homers 17+ plus seasons:

Name Yrs From To
Hank Aaron 20 1955 1974
Barry B*nds 19 1987 2007
Albert Pujols 17 2001 2019
Frank Robinson 17 1956 1974
Willie Mays 17 1951 1970

Double digit HR hitters in August

Name Tm G PA AB HR
Aristides Aquino Cincinnati 29 115 103 14
Gleyber Torres New York 26 109 101 13
Nolan Arenado Colorado 26 111 101 12
Ronald Acuna Jr. Atlanta 28 129 115 11
Nicholas Castellanos Chicago 28 122 115 11
Freddie Freeman Atlanta 28 121 105 11
Bryce Harper Philadelphia 24 109 94 11
Eduardo Escobar Arizona 26 118 109 10
J.D. Martinez Boston 26 118 99 10
Jorge Soler Kansas City 27 115 92 10
Juan Soto Washington 25 116 99 10
Eugenio Suarez Cincinnati 28 119 104 10
Justin Turner Los Angeles 26 108 97 10

40+ strikeout pitchers in August

Name Tm G IP SO
Lucas Giolito Chicago 5 33.0 53
Mike Clevinger Cleveland 6 36.2 51
Shane Bieber Cleveland 6 41.1 50
Walker Buehler Los Angeles 5 32.0 48
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles 6 38.0 48
Jack Flaherty St. Louis 6 38.0 47
Stephen Strasburg Washington 6 38.1 47
Justin Verlander Houston 5 32.1 47
Sonny Gray Cincinnati 6 36.2 44
Yu Darvish Chicago 5 31.1 42
Max Fried Atlanta 6 33.1 42
Lance Lynn Texas 6 35.2 42
Matthew Boyd Detroit 6 32.2 41
Aaron Nola Philadelphia 6 39.1 41
Gerrit Cole Houston 4 26.2 40
Jacob deGrom New York 5 33.0 40
Dinelson Lamet San Diego 5 28.0 40

Four game losers in August

Name Tm G GS W L ERA
Trevor Bauer Cincinnati 6 6 1 4 8.40
Dylan Cease Chicago 6 6 2 4 6.97
Ariel Jurado Texas 5 4 1 4 6.08
Brad Keller Kansas City 5 5 4 5.13
Caleb Smith Miami 5 5 1 4 6.39
Spencer Turnbull Detroit 5 5 4 6.55
Asher Wojciechowski Baltimore 6 6 4 6.75

Outstanding relievers in August

Name Tm G GS W L SV IP H R ER BB SO HBP ERA WHIP
Aroldis Chapman New York 11 0 9 11.0 3 0 0 5 20 0 0.00 0.727
Tyler Duffey Minnesota 13 0 3 10.2 6 0 0 5 17 0 0.00 1.031
Adam Kolarek Los Angeles 12 0 1 6.1 6 1 0 1 4 0 0.00 1.105
Robert Stephenson Cincinnati 11 0 1 9.1 3 0 0 3 12 0 0.00 0.643
Sam Tuivailala Seattle 10 2 10.0 3 0 0 5 10 0 0.00 0.800