The Bill Chuck Files of March 15, 2020

I’ve been warning friends…

If you think I’m cranky during the offseason when there is no baseball, wait until you see me during the regular season when there is no baseball.

Opening days in 1960

1960 was the last pre-expansion season, meaning the last season in which each team played a 154-game schedule. With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to note the date for each team’s first game of that season.

RkDateTmOppResultIP
11960-04-12MLNPITW 4-3 9.0
21960-04-12CHCLADL 2-310.2
31960-04-12CINPHIW 9-4 9.0
41960-04-12LADCHCW 3-211.0
51960-04-12PHICINL 4-9 8.0
61960-04-12PITMLNL 3-4 8.0
71960-04-12SFGSTLW 3-1 9.0
81960-04-12STLSFGL 1-3 8.0
91960-04-18BOSWSHL 1-10 8.0
101960-04-18WSHBOSW 10-1 9.0
111960-04-19BALWSHW 3-2 9.0
121960-04-19CHWKCAW 10-9 9.0
131960-04-19CLEDETL 2-415.0
141960-04-19DETCLEW 4-215.0
151960-04-19NYYBOSW 8-4 9.0
161960-04-19KCACHWL 9-10 8.0

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com

Trea Turner‘s batting streak

When the regular season resumes, the National’s Trea Turner enters the season with a 12-game hitting streak.

21st Century Regular Season Records

Rk Tm Lg W L W-L%
1 NYY AL 1886 1350 .583
2 STL NL 1812 1427 .559
3 BOS AL 1792 1447 .553
4 LAD NL 1781 1459 .550
5 ATL NL 1735 1502 .536
6 OAK AL 1729 1509 .534
7 ANA AL 1722 1518 .531
8 SFG NL 1676 1561 .518
9 CLE AL 1671 1567 .516
10 PHI NL 1637 1602 .505
11 CHC NL 1624 1614 .502
12 MIN AL 1628 1613 .502
13 HOU AL, NL 1621 1618 .500
14 TEX AL 1619 1622 .500
15 NYM NL 1608 1630 .497
16 CHW AL 1600 1640 .494
17 TOR AL 1599 1640 .494
18 ARI NL 1598 1642 .493
19 SEA AL 1595 1645 .492
20 WSN NL 1590 1648 .491
21 MIL NL 1565 1675 .483
22 TBD AL 1554 1684 .480
23 CIN NL 1526 1714 .471
24 COL NL 1521 1721 .469
25 FLA NL 1518 1718 .469
26 DET AL 1511 1726 .467
27 SDP NL 1508 1733 .465
28 PIT NL 1473 1762 .455
29 BAL AL 1453 1785 .449
30 KCR AL 1430 1810 .441

Batters who hit .320+ over their team’s last 50 games of the 2019 regular season

Player G PA AB H XBH HR RBI BB K BA OBP SLG OPS
Tim Anderson 45 200 192 71 21 6 17 7 41 .370 .390 .542 .932
Alex Bregman 48 208 168 62 34 14 45 35 19 .369 .486 .738 1.224
Nelson Cruz 36 160 142 50 18 11 36 16 33 .352 .413 .634 1.046
Tommy Edman 48 206 189 66 24 7 21 11 32 .349 .403 .577 .980
Nolan Arenado 44 189 165 56 25 17 35 20 30 .339 .407 .697 1.104
Victor Reyes 45 202 193 65 19 3 21 7 48 .337 .356 .487 .843
Wilson Ramos 44 168 155 52 13 3 18 9 22 .335 .381 .458 .839
J.D. Davis 45 162 149 49 20 11 23 11 38 .329 .377 .611 .987
J.D. Martinez 45 199 168 55 22 12 40 26 42 .327 .417 .601 1.018
Starlin Castro 50 209 194 63 30 13 40 10 30 .325 .359 .619 .977
Jose Abreu 48 211 185 60 25 9 42 12 44 .324 .384 .562 .946
Anthony Rendon 48 216 176 57 25 10 40 34 26 .324 .431 .585 1.016
Mookie Betts 40 185 161 52 23 10 23 20 24 .323 .395 .596 .991

Batters who hit .220 and under over their team’s last 50 games of the 2019 regular season

Player G PA AB H XBH HR RBI BB K BA OBP SLG OPS
Daniel Vogelbach 43 155 129 18 7 4 10 26 51 .140 .284 .256 .540
Lewis Brinson 45 155 139 22 5 0 11 11 44 .158 .234 .201 .435
Rhys Hoskins 49 214 175 29 16 5 16 32 60 .166 .304 .320 .624
Isan Diaz 46 189 168 30 11 4 22 18 53 .179 .265 .304 .568
Paul DeJong 49 197 169 31 15 11 26 21 54 .183 .284 .402 .687
Jason Heyward 42 169 140 26 11 4 14 24 28 .186 .320 .321 .641
J.P. Crawford 37 156 138 26 8 3 11 15 30 .188 .273 .297 .570
Rougned Odor 49 196 172 34 20 10 29 22 61 .198 .296 .430 .726
Andrew Benintendi 41 162 141 29 11 1 13 15 34 .206 .292 .305 .597
Didi Gregorius 41 171 160 33 17 9 31 9 29 .206 .251 .431 .683
Orlando Arcia 44 155 140 29 8 3 20 9 29 .207 .253 .307 .560
Manny Machado 47 189 164 34 13 6 16 22 34 .207 .312 .366 .678
Mallex Smith 43 164 146 31 8 1 9 13 41 .212 .294 .301 .596
Ryan McMahon 48 190 167 36 18 12 29 21 62 .216 .307 .467 .774
Danny Santana 46 192 175 38 17 11 32 13 63 .217 .281 .440 .721
Josh Rojas 41 157 138 30 9 2 16 18 41 .217 .312 .312 .624
Matt Chapman 48 208 179 39 21 12 27 22 52 .218 .327 .469 .796
Anthony Santander 42 184 179 39 19 12 28 4 49 .218 .239 .458 .697
Brian Goodwin 47 168 150 33 19 8 18 17 57 .220 .304 .460 .764

Billy-Ball Portmanteaus

Merriam-Webster defines portmanteaus as a word or morpheme whose form and meaning are derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms (such as smog from smoke and fog).

This season on Billy-Ball, we will attempt to play with the true meaning and make some baseball-related portmanteaus. The quality, I’m sure will improve with your participation (send your suggestions to Walkoffs@gmail.com).

Each week, I will try to add another one to the list:

Each week…

I will continue to produce the Files and hopefully, there will be information that members of the media will use to expound upon and entertain fans throughout the course of this hiatus. Of course, credit would be appreciated.

Please stay healthy and care for one another. Now wash your hands