The Bill Chuck Files of November 10, 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)

Both Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner have homered in 50 games at Dodger Stadium. In those games, they have each hit 57 homers and four doubles.

From 2010-to-2019, Miguel Cabrera and Elvis Andrus each had 1595 hits. The difference is that Miggy had 5028 at bats and Elvis had 5783.

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

Player Year W L Tm GS CG SHO IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Gerrit Cole 2019 20 5 HOU 33 0 0 212.1 142 66 59 48 326 2.50
David Price 2012 20 5 TBR 31 2 1 211.0 173 63 60 59 205 2.56
Jered Weaver 2012 20 5 LAA 30 3 2 188.2 147 63 59 45 142 2.81
Denny Neagle 1997 20 5 ATL 34 4 4 233.1 204 87 77 49 172 2.97
John Candelaria 1977 20 5 PIT 33 6 1 230.2 197 64 60 50 133 2.34
Don Newcombe 1955 20 5 BRO 31 17 1 233.2 222 103 83 38 143 3.20
Stan Coveleski 1925 20 5 WSH 32 15 3 241.0 230 86 76 73 58 2.84
Sam Leever 1905 20 5 PIT 29 20 3 229.2 199 94 69 54 81 2.70

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.

On September 17, 2010, Max Scherzer allowed home run #555, the last of Manny Ramirez‘s career.

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.

Jeopardy answer:

Juan Soto led with six games such games, followed by Mike Trout, Yasmani Grandal, and Cody Bellinger with five each.

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:

Player HR SH From To G PA AB
Harmon Killebrew 573 0 1954 1975 2435 9833 8147
Frank Thomas 521 0 1990 2008 2322 10075 8199
Carlos Delgado 473 0 1993 2009 2035 8657 7283
Vladimir Guerrero 449 0 1996 2011 2147 9059 8155
Mike Piazza 427 0 1992 2007 1912 7745 6911
Edwin Encarnacion 414 0 2005 2019 1916 7945 6881
Mark Teixeira 409 0 2003 2016 1862 8029 6936

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:

RED SOX Year ERA
Innings 7-9 2019 4.43
Innings 7-9 2018 3.64
Innings 7-9 2017 3.16
Innings 7-9 2016 3.77
Innings 7-9 2015 3.94
Innings 7-9 2014 3.36
Innings 7-9 2013 3.30
Innings 7-9 2012 4.21
Innings 7-9 2011 3.67
Innings 7-9 2010 4.20

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).

Jeopardy answer:

Who led the majors with the most games with at least three walks in 2019?