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#ProfStats, Week 17: Surprising Splits

The All Star break is now behind us and baseball is back in full swing. Even though there’s only been a few games since the break, there are still plenty of awesome stats to go around and you’re about to find out what they are in this week’s edition of #ProfStats!

Don’t forget — we encourage you to join in on the treasure hunt for stats. If you come across any interesting baseball stats or facts throughout the week, tweet them using the hashtag #ProfStats. Your stat will get retweeted and could even get included in next week’s article. If you don’t use Twitter, you can also leave your stat in the comments section below or post it in our forum.

If you enjoy all the stats you read here, make sure you head over to Twitter and check out my handle @ZachPincince. Not only do I tweet all of these #ProfStats as I come across them throughout the week, but I also post a bunch of bonus stats that you will only find on Twitter, so make sure you check that out to get the full #ProfStats experience.

As usual, you can also request specific topics/teams/players for me to research and post in the next edition of #ProfStats. Need some ammo to back up why your favorite team is the best? Curious as to how historical that prospect’s debut was the other day? Then let me help! Send your requests using any of the methods mentioned above (hashtag, Twitter, forums) and you’ll see the stats that YOU want to see in next week’s article.


Surprising Splits

  • Josh Harrison is batting an MLB-leading .400 with RISP this year and is hitting .483 (also leading MLB) with 2 outs and RISP. #ProfStats
  • David Ortiz is hitting .361 with 2 outs and RISP this year while the rest of Red Sox team is hitting just .196 in that situation. #ProfStats
  • Right now only Victor Martinez (.316) and Adrian Beltre (.312) have a better batting average with two strikes than J.J Hardy (.291). #ProfStats
  • Tied with Victor Martinez and Edwin Encarnacion for the most home runs with two strikes this year is Marcell Ozuna with 10 two-strike dingers. #ProfStats
  • Jake Arrieta is allowing just a .104 AVG with 2 strikes this year – the lowest among all qualified starters in the NL. #ProfStats
  • Among all qualified starts in the AL this year, only Jered Weaver (.170 AVG) has allowed a lower batting average against righties than Collin McHugh (.183 AVG). #ProfStats
  • Jorge De La Rosa is leading all qualified starters in the NL with a .163 AVG against lefties this year. #ProfStats
  • Nobody in MLB this year has allowed a worse batting average against lefties than Colby Lewis, who has surrendered a .400 AVG to left handers! #ProfStats

Passing the Torch

  • Derek Jeter is the only player in major league history to collect multiple hits in an All-Star game at age 40 or older. #ProfStats
  • With his third multi-hit All Star game, Jeter now has more such games than any Yankees player in franchise history and more than any shortstop in MLB history. #ProfStats
  • Mike Trout is just the 3rd player in major league history to collect multiple extra base hits in an All Star game before turning 23, joining Ken Griffey Jr and Ted Williams. #ProfStats
  • At just 22 year old, Trout became the youngest player ever to hit a triple as an All Star Game starter (previous youngest was Pablo Sandoval in 2012, age 25). #ProfStats
  • When Derek Jeter made his major league debut on May 29, 1995, Mike Trout was just 3 years old (born: August 7, 1991). #ProfStats

Déjà vu Derby

  • Yoenis Cespedes joined Ken Griffey Jr. and Prince Fielder as the only players in MLB history to win multiple Home Run Derbys. #ProfStats
  • Cespedes and Griffey (1998 & 1999) are the only players to ever win back-to-back Home Run Derbys. #ProfStats
  • Despite finishing as the runner up, Todd Frazier ended up with just 10 home runs in the Derby – the fewest by a finalist since 1994. #ProfStats

Krazy Kevin

  • Kevin Kiermaier is slashing .370/.403/.658 when the Rays lose this year opposed to just .272/.327/.500 when they win. #ProfStats
  • Kiermaier is a perfect 3 for 3 (1.000 AVG) with 8 RBI in his career with the bases loaded. #ProfStats

Red Sox Rout

  • The Red Sox scored 14 runs on 18 hits last night, both of which are season highs. It was their most hits in 120 games (19 hits on 09/04/13). #ProfStats
  • Boston had 6 players score at least 2 runs in the game last night, which doubled their season high of 3 players scoring multiple runs in one game. It was their 6th such game in the past 10 years. #ProfStats

Not #ProfStats, but still fascinating

  • @AceballStats: David Ortiz hit his 453rd career home run last night, passing Carl Yastrzemski for 36th most in MLB history.
  • @AceballStats: Ty Cobb would have to resurrect, return to baseball, and go 0 for 2,530 for his career batting average to drop below .300.
  • @BaseballFact: Derek Jeter has played in more playoff games than the two Chicago franchises (Cubs & White Sox) combined.
  • @ckamka: Chris Sale has allowed 110 hits to lefties in his career. 12 (10.91%) of them have been to Alex Gordon, including two last night.
  • @ckamka: Clayton Kershaw is first pitcher to toss no-hitter and steal a base in same season since Tom Browning (3 SB, perfect game) in 1988.
  • @ckamka: Anthony Rizzo is tied for the MLB lead with Nelson Cruz with 8 first-pitch HR.
  • @ESPNStatsInfo: Fewest wins above replacement since start of 2013: Dan Uggla (-2.3), Yuniesky Betancourt (-2.0), B.J. Upton (-2.0).
  • @ESPNStatsInfo: Felix Hernandez has tied the AL single-season record of 12 straight starts of 7 or more IP with 2 or fewer ER (Chief Bender, 1907).
  • @ESPNStatsInfo: Shane Greene is the first Yankee pitcher with 3 errors in a game since Tommy John on July 27, 1988 against the Brewers.
  • @ESPNStatsInfo: Billy Hamilton now has 6 HR in his career and 4 of them have come against the Brewers.
  • @HighHeatStats: Odrisamer Despaigne is the first Padre to start his career with 6 IP and no more than 2 ER in each of his 1st 5 starts.
  • @masnRoch: Nick Markakis has played 271 consecutive games in OF without committing an error. Last one was August 10, 2012.
  • @MazzESPN: Brian McCann leads the Yankees with 10 hits against pitches 95 mph or faster.
  • @MLBStatoftheDay: Adrian Beltre has 936 career extra-base hits, the most for any third baseman through his age-35 season.
  • @MLBStatoftheDay: Derek Jeter finishes his Interleague career first in runs (200), hits (364), total bases (523), and times on base (496).

I hope you enjoyed round 16 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.


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Updated: July 22, 2014 — 6:17 am
  • BB

    I noticed a weird stat that I haven’t seen anyone talk about. When looking at park factors, Camden Yards is playing dead last in runs (.789) and 25th in HR (.826) this year. This is the first year since 2005 that both of those numbers have been negative, and most years since then both numbers have been pretty high, putting Camden Yards in the top 10 hitters’ parks.

    Despite this seeming trend, I continue to see columns and expert regularly commentary referring to Camden as a hitters’ park and making recommendations based on that assumption. Do you have any insight on this? Is this new, “pitchers’ Camden Yards” a valid stat in terms of describing what has happened up to this point? If so, is it also a predictive stat for the rest of the year? Or is it more likely an anomaly, meaning we should expect the park factor to “regress” to the multi-year norm over the ROS?

    (Also, maybe I should note that the above is based on the ESPN park factors page; I don’t know if there are different formulas for this kind of thing that might yield different results?)


    • I would absolutely say that Camden’s “pitcher park” qualities this year are the result of a small sample size. Unless there’s been significant new construction that would alter wind patterns or physically move the walls outward, there’s nothing that would make a park be a pitcher park all of a sudden. I always use this site for park factors:

      Good question!

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