The Bill Chuck Files of October 6, 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)

15 to Know:

Forget homers, the story of the first 16 games of the LDS has been strikeouts. There have been a total of 15 homers hit and 169 whiffs.

In Game 2 of the NLDS, the Dodgers tied a postseason record for a nine-inning game with 17 whiffs and in the ALDS, the Rays tied it again last night.

Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed just nine walks in 360 batters faced on the road. The nine walks tied with Tampa’s Ryan Yarbrough for the fewest in the majors; Yarbrough faced 319 batters.

Cody Bellinger now has a four-game postseason hitless streak that began in the last two games of the 2018 World Series and has continued in the 2019 NLDS. It’s even worse when you look at the last two LDS series against Atlanta and Washington in which Bellinger has now not hit in six straight games going 0-17 with eight strikeouts. He has drawn six walks over that stretch and he’s gone homerless in seven straight games and has struck out in six straight games. Over the last two postseasons, in 65 PA: Bellinger has gone 6-58, a .103 BA. He has four singles, a double and a homer and has four RBI. He has drawn seven walks and struck out 20 times.

In 2018, Kyle Freeland and Mike Foltynewicz each had a 2.85 ERA. In 2019, Folty jumped to 4.54 while Freeland leaped to 6.73.

Alex Bregman and Pete Alonso led the majors with 45 extra-base hits each on the road this season.

Rafael Devers led all left-handed hitters this season with 201 hits, 19 more than runner-up Charlie Blackmon.

Marcel Ozuna led the majors hitting into three bases-loaded double playes this season. Overall with the sacks filled, Ozuna went 1-10.

With two outs and a runner on third this season, Anthony Rendon led the majors with 27 RBI as a result of hitting .500 (11-22) with five homers

Last season, Mookie Betts led the majors hitting .358 with the bases empty; this season he hit .299.

Drew Smyly struck out 120 batters this season; Gerrit Cole struck out 120 batters with two outs.

From 2017-19, amongst pitchers with at least 75 starts, Blake Snell allowed 45 homers, the fewest in the majors. Dylan Bundy and Rick Porcello each allowed 96, the most in the bigs.

Try to remember that when next season begins, Trey Turner has a 12-game hitting streak going and Leury Garcia and David Dahl have each hit in 10 straight games.

Try to forget that when next season begins, two second basemen with the same initials, Daniel Descalso and Derek Dietrich, each ended the 2019 season by going hitless in 11 straight games.

It’s no surprise that the Nationals and Dodgers are tied 1-1 in the NLDS. Over the last 20 games of the reg season, the Dodgers were 14-6 and the Nats were 14-6. Over the last 50 games of the reg season, the Dodgers were 34-16 and the Nats were 34-16.