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 last win of CC Sabathia‘s career was when he beat the Blue Jays on June 24, 2019. Sabathia did not have a win in his last 10 regular-season appearances.
Pete Alonso led the majors with 45 one-homer games in 2019, the ninth most all-time. Alonso homered in 49 games overall, which also led the bigs.
Gerrit Cole is the eighth pitcher to end the season with a record of 20-5
J.T. Realmuto hit 25 homers in 2019 in 25 games, the most homers/games by any player without a multi-homer game this season.
Not a surprise: The Yankees led the majors with 42 opposite-field homers at home, but they only hit only 15 on the road.
In 2001, as a 21-year old rookie, Albert Pujols hit five 1st inning homers. This season, as a 39-year old veteran, Albert Pujols hit five 1st inning homers. No one in baseball history as hit as many 1st inning homers as Albert, who now has hit 150.
The Mariners had 393 singles at home this season and 391 away, the smallest differential of any team.
Edwin Encarnacion has joined the list of players with 400+ homers and no sac bunts:
From 2010-2019, Ryan Howard and Rougned Odor each had 3020 AB and each hit .240. Odor had one more hit than Howard (726-725) and that one hit was a double as Howard had 141 two-baggers and Odor had 142.
In 2018, the Minnesota Twins hit 168 homers. In 2019, the Twins hit 170 homers…just on the road.
To truly appreciate how much worse the Red Sox bullpen was this season, take a look at the team ERA in innings seven through nine from 2010-2019:
The Braves went 97-65 in 2019. The Braves have been around a long time in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta, but this was the first time they ended the regular season with 97 wins.
From 2010-19, Robinson Cano led the majors in hits (1695) and doubles (363).
Who led the majors with the most games with at least three walks in 2019?