The Bill Chuck Files of September 22, 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)

Don’t be surprised to see the Yankees use CC Sabathia out of the bullpen in the postseason. The first time he faces a lineup in a game he has a .228 BAA, it jumps to .262 the second time through, and .342 the third time.

Yesterday, the Padres announced the firing of manager Andy Green, the first managerial firing of the season. Green managed the Padres over the last four seasons and the team had the second-worst record in baseball as he took one for the team. The next Friars manager should have a much better record as the team is now stacked with exceptional young talent.

MLB team records 2016-19 (through 9/21/19)

Team G W L Win%
HOU 641 389 252 .607
LAD 642 386 256 .601
CLE 640 378 262 .591
NYY 642 376 266 .586
BOS 640 374 266 .584
CHC 642 372 269 .580
WSH 639 359 280 .562
STL 641 345 296 .538
MIL 642 340 302 .530
OAK 641 335 306 .523
TB 641 330 311 .515
ATL 641 326 315 .509
ARI 641 324 317 .505
SEA 641 319 322 .498
MIN 641 317 324 .495
NYM 640 314 326 .491
LAA 641 304 337 .474
TOR 641 301 340 .470
PIT 640 300 339 .469
SF 641 298 343 .465
PHI 639 296 343 .463
CWS 640 275 365 .430
KC 642 276 366 .430
SD 641 274 367 .427
MIA 638 272 366 .426

The record for most homers in a season gets repeatedly broken each day. We are now up to 6475, 370 more than any other season.

The record for most players with 10+ homers in a season gets repeatedly broken. We are now up to 266, 24 more than any other season.

The record for most players with 20+ homers in a season has now been broken. We are up to 121, four more than any other season.

The record for most players with 30+ homers in a season has now been broken. We are up to 54, seven more than any other season.

We are approaching the record for most players with at least one homer in a season. This season there have been 532 players, four shy of the record set last season.

Terry Francona is enjoying (okay, “enjoying” may be a stretch) his 15th consecutive winning season. I can’t wait to hear his Hall of Fame induction speech.

Quick Quiz: Whose records are these and from what seasons?

  • 95-67
  • 95-67
  • 71-91

This season there have been 0.16 sac bunts a game, the lowest in baseball history. Clayton Kershaw leads the majors with 14 sac hits this season.

The Dodgers spent all of six days not in first place this season.

Josh Reddick (.324) and Jeff McNeil (.323) lead the lefty on lefty hitting brigade. Tim Anderson (.336) and Anthony Rendon (.325) are the top right-handed hitters vs. right-handed pitchers.

Jackie Bradley Jr.‘s hitting regression:

Year BA
2016 .267
2017 .245
2018 .234
2019 .221

Baseball’s leading batters since the All-Star break

Player G AB PA H BA
Ketel Marte 57 215 244 77 .358
Tim Anderson 48 211 219 75 .355
Anthony Rendon 65 250 295 87 .348
Yuli Gurriel 57 217 239 75 .346
Kolten Wong 62 199 230 68 .342
Alex Bregman 62 218 270 73 .335
Anthony Rizzo 58 190 232 63 .332
Jose Altuve 64 266 290 88 .331
Gio Urshela 56 206 215 68 .330
Christian Yelich 48 185 215 61 .330

Cody Bellinger‘s season at a glance:

  • April 21 – .424
  • May 21 – .404
  • June 21 – .356
  • July 21 – .333
  • August 21 – .317
  • September 21 – .302

The 2019 Orioles have lost 41 games by at least five runs; the record is held by the 1996 Tigers who lost 47 5+ run game blowouts.

The Minnesota Twins have homered 5+ times in 11 games this season, the most in baseball history. They are 10-1 in those games.

The Astros have not issued an intentional walk in 195 straight games (starting on 8/18/18), the longest streak in baseball history. The previous record was 92 games set by the 2016 KC Royals.

Tommy Milone has pitched 76.1 innings in relief and allowed 17 homers, he’s tied with Sam Gaviglio who has allowed 17 homers in 93.1 IP for most homers allowed by a reliever this season.

Quick Quiz answer: The Boston Red Sox of 2004, 2008, and 2014, the non-repeat seasons of the World Champions.