The Bill Chuck Files of December 1, 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)

Ryan Braun, Curtis Granderson, and Jose Bautista, each have 344 career homers.

Mike Trout and Paul Goldschmidt 2011-2019

Player G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG OPS
Mike Trout 1199 5273 4340 903 1324 251 46 285 752 803 1118 200 .305 .419 .581 1.000
Paul Goldschmidt 1253 5390 4572 806 1337 292 20 243 807 733 1225 127 .292 .391 .524 .916

Brian McCann finished his career tied with Carlos Santana with 294 doubles. Also with 294 career doubles: Matt Stairs, Jack Tobin, Bill Mazeroski, and Johnny Ray.

Batters in 2019 went 152-371 on 3-0 counts, a .410 BA and had an OPS of 1.784 with 40 homers amongst their 80 extra-base hits.

The only four players with over a thousand walks and no sac bunts

Player BB SH From To
Frank Thomas 1667 0 1990 2008
Harmon Killebrew 1559 0 1954 1975
Joey Votto 1180 0 2007 2019
Carlos Delgado 1109 0 1993 2009

If the ball is deflated back to normal values, many of the homer-happy rookies who hit dozens of homers this season will prove to have a very disappointing future. However, one rookie who I think will do very well in the future is Luis Arraez of the Twins. Arraez hit .334 in 2019 going 109-326. He and Alex Bregman were the only two players this past season to pick up over a hundred hits and bang into fewer than 10 double plays. Bregman had 164 hits and hit into nine DPs, while Arraez had only two GIDP. Arraez only whiffed 29 times, making him the only player in the majors with over 100 hits and less than 30 strikeouts.

Free-agent Rick Porcello was 14-12 this season with an atrocious 5.52 ERA. How was his record that good? Porcello led the majors with five wins allowing at least four runs and three wins allowing at least five runs.

Jeff McNeil hit 23 homers in 2019, 14 on the first pitch of a PA.

You can’t look at Will Smith‘s final numbers (.253 with 15 homers and a .907 OPS) in 54 games and say the Dodgers are set behind the plate. The 24-year old may not yet be the definitive answer. In Smith’s first 27 games, he hit .321 with 11 homers and 24 strikeouts. In his last 27 regular-season games, Smith hit .186 with four homers and 28 whiffs. And in his last 31 games (including the postseason), he hit .172 with four homers and 33 Ks. The Dodgers may be in no rush to surrender Keibert Ruiz in a deal.

Stat that Jayson Stark would like: Since 2014, only one player, who has qualified for the batting title, has had five seasons of hitting below .250: Khris Davis. Only one player has had four seasons: Chris Davis.

The White Sox and the Mariners each led the majors with 74 infield errors, the Twins and Padres led with 38 infield throwing errors each.

On 2-0 counts last season, batters went 1-13 (0.77) against Clayton Kershaw, 1-8 against Stephen Strasburg, and 2-16 against Zack Greinke and Jose Berrios (all .125). On the other end of the spectrum, they went 8-11 against Matt Boyd (.727), 14-21 against Max Fried (.667), and 12-20 against Hyun-Jin Ryu (.600).

Adam Ottavino hit the proverbial “wall” after pitching in his 54th game for the Yankees this season on August 6. Up to that point, he had allowed a total of nine runs, eight earned and had a 1.41 ERA. In his last 19 games of the regular season, he had a 3.52 ERA and in his last 27 games (including the postseason), he had a 4.34 ERA. Don’t be surprised if the Yankees go after Blake Treinen in the attempt to keep their bullpen fresh.

Dodgers announcer Rick Monday will be the special guest for the 15th annual Claremore Field of Dreams baseball banquet scheduled on Jan. 27 at the Claremore (Oklahoma) Conference Center. Proceeds go to the baseball programs at Claremore High School, Rogers State University and the Claremore summer high school program.

The Hitting Game of the Decade?

From 2010-2019, there were six games in which one player had at least five hits, including four extra-base hits, three homers, and seven RBI, which do you think was the hitting game of the decade?

Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H XBH HR RBI BB SO SB
Matt Carpenter 2018-07-20 STL CHC W 18-5 5 5 4 5 5 3 7 0 0 0
Scooter Gennett 2017-06-06 CIN STL W 13-1 5 5 4 5 4 4 10 0 0 0
Anthony Rendon 2017-04-30 WSN NYM W 23-5 6 6 5 6 4 3 10 0 0 0
Yoenis Cespedes 2015-08-21 NYM COL W 14-9 6 6 5 5 4 3 7 0 0 1
Lonnie Chisenhall 2014-06-09 CLE TEX W 17-7 5 5 3 5 4 3 9 0 0 0
Josh Hamilton 2012-05-08 TEX BAL W 10-3 5 5 4 5 5 4 8 0 0 0