The Bill Chuck Files of September 15, 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 Brady Anderson Season rolls on

Year#BatGPAHR
2019126544601710466247
2017122948601852956105
2000113248581902615693
2016124748561845805610
2018127148621851395585
1999111648561896925528
2001113748581869765458
2004113648561885395451
2006113448581880715386
2003113448601874495207
1998109748641882805064
2002110148521866155059
2009115648601870795042

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/15/2019.

There are now 113 players with 20+ homers, the second-most ever; the record is 117 in 2017.

There have been 1397 players who have appeared in at least one game this season, the most in the history of baseball.

There have been 822 pitchers who have appeared in at least one game this season, the most in the history of baseball breaking the record of 795 set last season.

The Mariners have set a new record with 42 pitchers taking the mound. The previous record of 40 pitchers was shared by the 2017 Mariners and the 2014 Texas Rangers.

There have been 526 players who have homered this season, the second-most in the history of baseball; the record is 536 in 2018.

There have been 911 players who have struck out this season, the second-most in the history of baseball; the record is 919 in 2018.

The Minnesota Twins have eight players with 20+ homers, the most in the history of baseball. The Yankees tied their team record first set in 2009. The A’s set a new franchise record, breaking the prior record of five tied numerous times most recently last season. The Cubs tied their franchise record, first set in 2017. The Astros set a new franchise record.

Tm Lg # PLAYERS WITH 20+ HOMERS
Minnesota Twins AL 8 C.J. Cron / Nelson Cruz / Mitch Garver / Max Kepler / Jorge Polanco / Eddie Rosario / Miguel Sano / Jonathan Schoop
New York Yankees AL 7 Brett Gardner / Aaron Judge / DJ LeMahieu / Gary Sanchez / Gleyber Torres / Gio Urshela / Luke Voit
Oakland Athletics AL 7 Mark Canha / Matt Chapman / Khris Davis / Ramon Laureano / Matt Olson / Jurickson Profar / Marcus Semien
Chicago Cubs NL 6 Javier Baez / Kris Bryant / Willson Contreras / Jason Heyward / Anthony Rizzo / Kyle Schwarber
Houston Astros AL 6 Jose Altuve / Yordan Alvarez / Michael Brantley / Alex Bregman / Yuli Gurriel / George Springer

Shin-Soo Choo / Nelson Cruz / Edwin Encarnacion / Brett Gardner / Yuli Gurriel / Albert Pujols are the six players, aged 35+ as of June 30, who have hit 20+ homers. A perfect example of how steroids ruined baseball history is that the record is an astounding 17 set in 2004.

NAME THE LEAGUE LEADER (answer below)

Here’s his background:

  • June 5, 2005: Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 26th round of the 2005 amateur draft, but did not sign.
  • June 19, 2009: Signed by the Tampa Bay Rays as an amateur free agent.
  • November 25, 2015: Purchased by the Cleveland Indians from the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • January 8, 2016: Purchased by the New York Yankees from the Cleveland Indians.
  • October 5, 2016: Selected off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels from the New York Yankees.
  • April 26, 2017: Selected off waivers by the San Diego Padres from the Los Angeles Angels.

Is it time for a rule change?

In 1965, there were 113 starts by pitchers going 3.0 innings or less in games won by their team. That was the record until 2018 when the Rays instituted the opener and other teams followed with 138 such games. That record held until this season, when there have been 182 occasions in which a pitcher threw three innings or less in a game that the team won. This leads to the question: should we change the requirement of 5.0 IP for a starter in order to earn a win? No other pitcher in a game has the same requirement. In fact, 44 pitchers this season faced one batter and picked up the win (the record is 61 in 2015). The opener appears to be a trend that will remain and it seems as if we should consider acknowledging their presence with a stat other than a loss.

Welcome to the club! The Cubs have set a new franchise record with 237 homers hit this season breaking the old record of 235 set in the juiced season of 2004.

There have been 112 rookies who have homered this season, still far from the 123 who did it in 1999. The Blue Jays have eight rooks with homers to lead the majors. The Braves (Austin Riley), Red Sox (Michael Chavis), and Phillies (Adam Haseley) have just one apiece.

Ronald Acuna Jr. and Christian Yelich are the only players with 25 homers and 25 steals.

Who gets your vote for NL MVP?

NL MVP G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Cody Bellinger 145 618 520 112 159 30 3 44 108 12 5 90 100 .306 .408 .629 1.037
Anthony Rendon 133 587 504 111 167 43 3 33 118 3 1 64 79 .331 .414 .625 1.039
Christian Yelich 130 580 489 100 161 29 3 44 97 30 2 80 118 .329 .429 .671 1.100

Batting average and batting average against with runners in scoring position is as good a single stat to indicate why the Red Sox are not repeating this season.

Last season, the Red Sox had a .289 BA w/RISP to lead the majors and a .234 BAA w/RISP (fifth in the majors).

This season, the Yankees lead the majors in batting with runners in scoring position

W/RISP BA RBI
NYY .295 551
MIN .287 517
BOS .284 531
COL .282 527
LAD .282 517
WSH .279 542
CIN .276 413
ATL .274 512
PIT .271 508
TEX .271 500
HOU .270 562
NYM .265 474
CWS .262 435
SD .262 403
OAK .259 480
ARI .258 487
CHC .258 475
STL .258 417
SF .257 430
PHI .256 449
KC .255 421
MIA .254 388
LAA .253 468
TB .252 452
SEA .247 445

This season, the Dodgers lead the majors with the lowest BA with runners in scoring position

W/RISP BA Runs
LAD .230 381
TB .232 411
HOU .234 370
TOR .244 520
CHC .245 450
CIN .246 448
CLE .247 357
NYY .248 442
OAK .248 443
TEX .256 554
ARI .258 453
ATL .259 503
MIN .262 496
MIL .262 495
MIA .265 495
LAA .266 526
NYM .268 470
CWS .271 541
SD .273 502
BOS .275 529
SF .279 491
COL .279 610
KC .280 579
SEA .283 603
PIT .296 596

League Leader answer:

Kirby Yates leads the majors with 40 saves for the Padres