The Bill Chuck Files of September 8, 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)

Homers by relievers (are not a good thing)

Major league leaders in homers allowed for relievers

Rk Player HR GS Tm Lg
1 Sam Gaviglio 16 0 TOR AL
2 Yimi Garcia 15 0 LAD NL
3 Wei-Yin Chen 14 0 MIA NL
4 Edwin Diaz 14 0 NYM NL
5 Josh Osich 14 0 CHW AL

Okay, the Giants are not going to make the postseason, but they sure are good in one run games

Best records in one-run games since 2010 – Sept 8

Rk Tm Year G W L W-L%
1 TEX 2016 47 36 11 .766
2 BAL 2012 38 29 9 .763
3 OAK 2018 45 31 14 .689
4 SFG 2019 48 33 15 .688

One more Giants note of interest:

Bruce Bochy holds the record for most wins by a visiting manager (107) at Dodger Stadium. As he ends his magerial career (at least for now), Bochy needs five wins to reach 2,000.

Another managerial note…

Between the Red Sox and Indians, future Hall of Famer Terry Francona now has 15 consecutive winning seasons.

Some Brady Anderson Season notes

Nine to Know: Most team homers in a season

The Twins have set a new MLB record. The Yankees are two homers short of tying the old record which they set last season. The Dodgers have set a new NL record

RkYearTmLgGHR
12019MINAL142274
22018NYYAL162267
32019NYYAL143265
41997SEAAL162264
52005TEXAL162260
62010TORAL162257
71996BALAL163257
82019LADNL144253
92016BALAL162253

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/8/2019.

251 players have hit at least 10 homers this season, the most in baseball history

106 players have hit at least 20 homers this season, the third-most in baseball history. The record is 117 in 2017 followed by 111 in 2016. This record is sure to be smashed in the coming days since there are 136 players with 17 to 19 homers which is also currently a record for the most in a season.

There have been 21 three-homer games this season (the record is 22 in 2001)

  • Nelson Cruz of the Twins is the only player with two 3-HR games this season.
  • The Twins are the only team with three games this season (Max Kepler had the other)
  • The Dodgers, Cardinals, and Reds each have had two

Eugenio Suarez has tied Jason Giambi (2006) and Pat Burrell (2002) with 12 full-count homers the most in MLB history.

Name the pitcher:

Answer below

YearAgeERA
2009203.96
2010214.92
2011224.75
2012234.59
2013244.32
2014253.43
2015264.92
2016273.15
2017284.65
2018294.28
2019305.63

3+ Hit Game Leaders

Player#GHTm
Charlie Blackmon2168COL
Starling Marte1856PIT
Rafael Devers1860BOS
Ketel Marte1753ARI
Nelson Cruz1755MIN
Mookie Betts1650BOS
Justin Turner1548LAD
J.D. Martinez1546BOS
DJ LeMahieu1547NYY
Ozzie Albies1549ATL

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/8/2019.

Contending teams from August 15 onward –

Tm W L W-L%
ATL 17 4 .810
MIN 16 6 .727
STL 17 7 .708
HOU 15 7 .682
OAK 14 7 .667
ARI 14 7 .667
TBR 14 8 .636
WSN 13 8 .619
BOS 11 7 .611
NYY 12 9 .571
CHC 12 9 .571
PHI 11 10 .524
LAD 11 11 .500

Cody Bellinger is clearly the showing the fatigue of a long season and his on-going battle for the NL MVP and home run title

  • On April 7, Cody was hitting .455
  • On May 7, Cody was hitting .403
  • On June 7, Cody was hitting .365
  • On July 7, Cody was hitting .336
  • On August 7, Cody was hitting .321
  • On September 7, Cody was hitting .308

Pete Alonso has hit 45 homers this season, 23 in Mets wins and 22 in an MLB losing effort.

Catcher Josh Phegley of the A’s leads all #9 batters with 10 homers and Arizona’s catcher Carson Kelly leads all #8 batters with 13 homers. The Twins Mitch Garver leads all catchers with 28 homers; Gary Sanchez of the Yanks has 27 homers as a catcher.

Quiz Answer: FA to be Rick Porcello