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.
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.
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.
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.