The All Star break is finally here, but before you tune into the game tonight, take a moment to reflect upon what an amazing first half of baseball you just witnessed. Many records were broken and many new ones were created, and you’re about to find out what they are in this week’s edition of #ProfStats!
If you discover any records yourself or if you find a cool stat during the week, tweet it using the hashtag #ProfStats and you could see that stat get retweeted as well as mentioned in next week’s article. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can also leave your stat in the comments below or post it in our forum.
Don’t forget that I also post a lot more #ProfStats you won’t find anywhere in this article on my Twitter handle @ZachPincince, as well as all of the normal #ProfStats as I come across them throughout the week, so make sure to check that out to get your full dose of baseball stats!
Also, if there are any specific stats or facts that YOU would like to see then let me know, because I will take reader-requested #ProfStats! That’s right, if you have a player, team, or topic you would like to know more about, all you need to do is let me know using one of the methods mentioned above (hashtag, Twitter, forums) and you’ll see that specific stat in next week’s article. Pondering the rarity of that baseball event you just witnessed is no longer necessary, so make sure you use the #ProfStats request.
Finally, in honor of the All Star Game festivities, I give to you the first ever #ProfStats quiz! Can you point out some of the best and the worst in baseball through the first half? How much have you really been paying attention? Test your knowledge now and let me know how you did in the comments section below.
All Star Edition – First Half Records
- 2014 is just the 4th MLB season in the past 100 years (1992, 1958, 1943) where every team in baseball had a winning percentage at or over .400 at the end of the first half. #ProfStats
- Five teams (Astros, White Sox, Braves, Marlins, Cubs) have struck out at least 800 times this year. Prior to 2014 there were only four instances EVER that a team had at least 800 whiffs in the first half. #ProfStats
- As a team, the Orioles have stolen just 26 bases this year, the fewest steals by any AL team in the first half since the Rangers in 2006. #ProfStats
- Charlie Morton is the first player in MLB history to hit at least 16 batters in the first half. #ProfStats
- Phil Hughes joined Bret Saberhagen in 1994 as the only pitchers in MLB history to strikeout out over 100 batters while walking fewer than 12 in the first half. #ProfStats
- Tyson Ross is the first player since Jim Abbott in 1992 to lose 10 games in the first half with an ERA under 3.00. #ProfStats
- Aroldis Chapman is just the 2nd pitcher in MLB history (Mariano Rivera in 1998) to save over 20 games while finishing fewer than 25 games in the first half. #ProfStats
- David Price has set a new franchise record for most games started (20), most innings pitched (147.2), and most strikeouts (164) in the first half by a Rays pitcher. #ProfStats
- Troy Tulowitzki is the first Rockies player to score at least 70 runs in the first half since Todd Helton in 2003. #ProfStats
- The Red Sox scored a season high 11 runs on Sunday. By that time last year they had scored at least 11 runs 7 different times. #ProfStats
- Sunday was just the 6th time in franchise history (first since 2006) that the Red Sox scored at least 11 runs while also grounding into at least 4 double plays. #ProfStats
- David Ortiz (20 HR) and Mike Napoli (10 HR) have hit 45% of Red Sox home runs this year. Nobody else on the team has more than 6! #ProfStats
- After leading MLB in SB% last year (87%), the Red Sox have a major league worst 60% stolen base success rate this year! #ProfStats
- Christian Vazquez is the first Red Sox batter in franchise history to hit 3 doubles within his first 3 career games. #ProfStats
A “Grand” Feat
- Madison Bumgarner is just 2 for 13 (.154 AVG) with the bases loaded, however both those hit were grand slams and both came this season. #ProfStats
- Bumgarner now has more grand slams this season (2) than Pete Rose did in his entire career (1). #ProfStats
- He also has the same amount of grand slams this season (2) as Hall of Famer George Brett had in his entire career. #ProfStats
- On Sunday Brock Holt became the first Red Sox player to collect 5 hits in a game since Dustin Pedroia in 2010. #ProfStats
- He joined Johnny Damon and Wade Boggs as the only leadoff hitters to collect at least 5 hits for the Red Sox in the past 30 years. #ProfStats
- Brock Holt has played every position but pitcher and catcher for the Red Sox this year. He is just the 6th player in team history (first since Damian Jackson in 2003) to do so. #ProfStats
Not #ProfStats, but still fascinating
- @AceballStats: Clayton Kershaw would have to surrender a run per inning (9.00 ERA) for 99 straight innings for his career ERA to rise above 3.00.
- @AceballStats: Mariano Rivera made 1,105 career relief appearances, 80.5% (890) of which were shutout appearances; 1995-2013 #MLB average: 69.0%.
- @AceballStats: Jayson Werth’s 12 home runs this season: March, April, May, & June: 6 / July: 6.
- @AceballStats: The Pirates are 19-13 (.594) with Gregory Polanco and 30-33 (.476) without him.
- @brianmacp: Jake Peavy has 12 quality starts this season. He’s been credited with a win once.
- @cantpredictball: Madison Bumgarner has more grand slams (2) this season than Derek Jeter has (1) in his career.
- @darenw: Aroldis Chapman is averaging 100.06 on his fastball this year – almost 3 MPH faster than next closest pitcher.
- @EliasSports: Clayton Kershaw is the 1st pitcher ever to win 8 straight starts in one season with 80+ strikeouts and an ERA below 1.00 over that span.
- @ESPNStatsInfo: Jose Abreu has 50 XBH in 81 games, the fewest to reach 50 XBH since Ted Williams did it in 80 games in 1939.
- @ESPNStatsInfo: Giancarlo Stanton has 9 home runs this year that have traveled at least 425 feet, most of any player in the league
- @ESPNStatsInfo: Madison Bumgarner is the 2nd pitcher in MLB history with 2 grand slams in season, the other is Braves Tony Cloninger in 1966.
- @HighHeatStats: Taylor Teagarden homered in his 1st career game with the Mets, his 1st career game with the Orioles, and his 2nd career game with the Rangers.
- @MiLB: With a single in the second on Monday, Andrew Velazquez has reached base in a MiLB-record 72 straight games.
- @MLBStatoftheDay: Derek Jeter is 6th player to register 1,000 multi-hit games, joining Cobb (1,293), Rose (1,225), Speaker (1,059), Musial (1,059), Aaron (1,046).
- @MLBStatoftheDay: There have been 219 shutouts this season, or one for every 13 games pitched.
I hope you enjoyed round 15 of these fun and crazy stats! Let me know in the comments which one was your favorite and don’t forget to share your own stats with us on twitter using the hashtag #ProfStats.