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#ProfStats, Week 23: August Achievements

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Another month of the 2014 season has come to a close, and that of course opens the door for a whole bunch of great stats on the many achievements and records that took place this August. It’s seemed like nearly every month this season has been full of a whole bunch of new accomplishments and feats, and of course this month was no different, so you’re about to find out what some of those records were in this week’s edition of #ProfStats.

Just like every week, if you come across any interesting baseball stats or facts throughout the week, tweet them to us using the hashtag #ProfStats and your stat will get retweeted as well as mentioned in next week’s article (just like this one). If you don’t use Twitter then don’t think that you can’t share stats with us, because you can also leave any stats you find in the comments section below or post it in our forum.

And if you enjoy all of the #ProfStats you read here (or if you just love learning new baseball facts), then you’ll definitely want to head over to Twitter and check out my handle @ZachPincince — you’ll find a whole bunch of bonus #ProfStats that can only be found on Twitter!

Lastly, as usual you can also request specific players, teams, or topics for next week’s #ProfStats article, and I will do my best to include those in next week’s post. Do you want to know if your favorite player is close to any record? Are you curious just how good or bad your favorite team’s performance was the other night? Then let me help, and send your requests using any of the methods mentioned above (hashtag, Twitter, forums) and you could see the stats that YOU want in next week’s article.

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August Achievements

  • Adam Eaton slugged .612 in August despite not hitting a home run, and is just the 5th player in the past 50 years to slug over .600 in a month without hitting any homers (min 50 PA). #ProfStats
  • Carlos Gomez hit 6 homers in August but was also caught stealing 6 times that month. He is the first person since Jose Canseco in 1998 to “achieve” this, and just the 3rd player ever to do it in August. #ProfStats
  • Brian Dozier was solid all around in August, collecting 30 hits, 25 walks, and scoring 25 runs. He is the first player since Joey Bautista in 2011 with 25+ H, BB, and R in a month, and the first Twins player since Chuck Knobluach in 1995. #ProfStats
  • Matt Shoemaker joined Clayton Kershaw as the only pitchers to win 6 games in one month this season, and is just the 3rd player in the past 10 years (Andy Pettitte & Johan Santana) to do it in August. #ProfStats
  • Madison Bumgarner is the first pitcher with multiple shutouts in August since Felix Hernandez and Cole Hamels in 2012, and his 56 strikeouts are the most by a pitcher with 2+ SHO in August since Randy Johnson in 2002. #ProfStats
  • Bumgarner (56 SO, 3 BB in August) is also just the 4th pitcher in MLB history to strikeout over 50 batters with 3 or fewer walks in a month joining Cliff Lee, Curt Schilling, and Pedro Martinez; Pedro was the only other member of the group to do so in August. #ProfStats
  • Rick Porcello had a rough August allowing 50 hits and losing 4 games, but his ERA was a solid 2.70 for the month. He is the first pitcher since Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd in 1983 with an ERA under 3.00 in a month where he allowed 50+ hits and lost 4+ games. #ProfStats
  • Greg Holland saved 11 games in August with a 1.32 ERA, which was his 3rd time saving at least 11 games with an ERA under 1.50 in a month, something only Eric Gagne, Trevor Hoffman, and Mariano Rivera have ever done. #ProfStats

Fix It, Felix!

  • Felix Hernandez allowed a career high 4 home runs Friday night against the Nationals; the last time he allowed at least 3 in a start was June 1st, 2012. #ProfStats
  • It was also the first time that King Felix allowed multiple home runs by the 3rd inning since June 7th, 2011. #ProfStats
  • Hernandez had allowed a total of 4 home runs since the All-Star break before that start, which he had doubled by the end of it. #ProfStats

Double Play Data

  • Orioles closer Zach Britton has been dominant this year, but not without a little luck. 35% of his ground outs have been double plays, which is the highest rate among all pitchers with at least 5 IP. #ProfStats
  • The highest percentage of grounders that were double plays in 2014 among pitchers to toss at least 100 innings are Rick Porcello at 26%, Dallas Keuchel at 23%, and Scott Carroll with 20%. #ProfStats
  • Among all pitcher with at least 100 IP this year, Jake Odorizzi has generated the fewest double plays with just 1 (1% of groundouts) through 147.1 IP. #ProfStats

The Price Is Wrong

  • Since being traded for each other at the trade deadline, Drew Smyly owns a 1.73 ERA & 0.72 WHIP through 6 starts while David Price has a 3.87 ERA & 1.16 WHIP through 6 starts. #ProfStats
  • Price has an awful 5.76 ERA & 1.58 WHIP in 5 starts against the Yankees this year, and a 2.84 ERA & 0.99 WHIP through 23 starts against all other teams. #ProfStats

Revere Records

  • Ben Revere drove in 5 RBI in just 3 at bats yesterday after driving in a total of only 3 in 169 second-half AB prior to that game. #ProfStats
  • Revere’s 5 RBI were a career high, and they were also more than he’s had in any MONTH this year prior to that game. #ProfStats

Pathetic Performances

  • Rangers starter Nick Tepesch has made 10 of his 17 starts this year (59%) striking out only 2 or fewer batters which is the worst percentage of such starts in baseball this year. #ProfStats
  • Jake Peavy owns a 9.27 ERA and 1.93 WHIP in the postseason, both of which are the worst among all pitchers to make at least 5 starts in postseason history. #ProfStats

Not #ProfStats, but Still Fascinating

  • @AceballStats: Cubs Jorge Soler is the first NL player to begin his career with a five game extra-base hit streak since Cardinals Enos Slaughter in 1938.
  • @AceballStats: Tigers Miguel Cabrera has his 36th career four-hit game. Al Kaline had 36 career four-hit games.
  • @BtBScore: Alex Gordon led MLB with seven homers against four-seamers and two-seamers in August.
  • @BtBScore: Mike Fiers had the best FIP among qualified starters in August (2.04).
  • @BtBScore: Felix Hernandez had the 10th-worst FIP among qualified starters in August (4.81).
  • @BtBScore: Vidal Nuno had a better FIP (3.13) than Chris Sale (3.15) in August.
  • @BtBScore: Chris Sale was the only pitcher in MLB to induced at least 100 swings and misses in August. He had 101.
  • @EliasSports: Jose Abreu has 33 HR & 98 RBI. The only rookie with 30/100 by the end of August was Albert Pujols.
  • @ESPNStatsInfo: On the first day in September, Miguel Cabrera doubled the amount of home runs (2) as he had in ALL of August (1).
  • @ESPNStatsInfo: Ben Revere had 5 RBI for Phillies, 1 shy of record for most in a no-hitter (Joe Gordon, 1938 & Babe Young, 1947, 6).
  • @ESPNStatsInfo: Carlos Ruiz has caught 3 no-hitters, the most among active catchers and 1 shy of the MLB record (Jason Varitek, 4).
  • @MLBStatoftheDay: In his last 3 starts, Matt Shoemaker has gone at least 7 innings and allowed 0 runs, the first Angels SP to do so in a season since 1973.
  • @MLBStatoftheDay: Shoemaker’s 14 wins tie him with Dean Chance (1962), Marcelino Lopez (1965), and Frank Tanana (1974) for the Angels rookie record.
  • @MLBStatoftheDay: The Angels are 47-24 at home (.662) – the best record at home in MLB this year.
  • @MLBStatoftheDay: Braves LHP Alex Wood is the ninth youngest left-hander since 1914 to have a game with at least 12 Ks and no walks.

I hope you enjoyed round 22 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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About the author: Zach is an Intelligence Analyst in the US Air Force where he researches/analyzes military data and creates summarized reports to inform others of their recommended course of action. Here at Baseball Professor, he does essentially the same thing by researching/analyzing the stats and putting them in a summarized article to inform you of a recommended course of action for your fantasy team. Zach has a huge passion for baseball and has been adamantly following the sport since he was nine years old and managing fantasy teams since he was thirteen. Right now a small town in New Hampshire is where he calls home, and like the majority of this writing staff, he is a fervent (unbiased!) Red Sox fan. Also, he probably thinks Mike Trout should win the MVP every year until 2031.

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