#ICYMI* last week I started a new trend where I began tweeting a whole bunch of fascinating baseball facts using the hashtag #ProfStats. I then compiled them into an interesting and easy-to-read summary article right here on Baseball Professor. This will be a weekly occurrence, so make sure you check the site every Tuesday for your weekly baseball stats and facts fix.
As a reminder, if you have an interesting stat or fact you’d like to share, tweet it using the hashtag #ProfStats and your stat could get retweeted and maybe even posted in next week’s article. You can also leave it in the comments section here if you don’t have a Twitter account. Don’t forget to follow me @ZachPincince to see all the stats before they make the weekly article as well as see some bonus stats that don’t end up making the compilation.
Now, this week’s #ProfStats:
- 2013 was the first season since 2002 where the top HR total (Davis – 53) was higher than the top SB total (Ellsbury – 52). #ProfStats
- Ryan Braun hit 3 home runs against the Phillies Wednesday (April 8). He had just 2 home runs from May 1, 2013 through April 7, 2014 (342 days). #ProfStats
- Ryan Braun is just the 7th player in the past 5 years with a 3+ HR & 7+ RBI game. Josh Hamilton was the last to do it back in 2012. #ProfStats
- Melky Cabrera already has 4 home runs through just 8 games this year after hitting only 3 home runs in 88 games last year. #ProfStats
- Starlin Castro has two home runs against the Pirates Wednesday night – the first multi-homer game of his career. #ProfStats
- Giancarlo Stanton hit just 4 home runs in April of 2012 & 2013 combined (148 AB). This April he already has 4 HRs in just 50 AB. #ProfStats
No way, Jose!
- Jose Fernandez allowed 6 runs against the Phillies Friday – the most he’s ever allowed in a major or minor league start. #ProfStats
- Jose Fernandez allowed 12 baserunners against the Phillies Friday – the most he’s ever allowed in a major or minor league start. #ProfStats
- Jose Fernandez lasted just 4 innings against the Phillies Friday – the first time he’s failed to reach 5 IP in a start since May of 2011 (minors). #ProfStats
- It only took Salvador Perez 26 PAs (7 games) to get his 7th BB this year. In 2013 it took him 256 PAs (66 games) to get to 7 BBs. #ProfStats
- With his BB last Tuesday, Salvador Perez had walked in 6 straight games. Prior to 2014 he’d never walked in more than 2 games in a row. #ProfStats
- Tuesday was the @RedSox 22nd career game with 5+ GDP – the most such games by any team in MLB history (Orioles 2nd with 14). #ProfStats
- Martin Perez got 5 double plays against the Red Sox Tuesday night – just the 58th time a pitcher has received 5+ GDP in a game and the first since 2011. #ProfStats
Putting the K in “Reckord”
- Masahiro Tanaka‘s 18 Ks in his first 2 career starts are the most since Stephen Strasburg struck out 22 in his first 2 GS back in 2010. #ProfStats
- Danny Salazar struck out 10 batters in just 3.2 IP Thursday. No pitcher has ever recorded as many strikeouts in fewer than 4 IP. #ProfStats
- From 06/27/2010 through 09/02/2012, Justin Verlander went 80 straight starts with 100+ pitches – the longest such streak ever. #ProfStats
- Francisco Liriano has allowed at least one walk in 70 straight major league starts dating back to 06/19/2011 – the longest active BB streak in baseball. #ProfStats
- Through April 14th, Madison Bumgarner has scored more runs than Miguel Cabrera (2-1). #ProfStats
- Dee Gordon with 4 steals Sunday. He’s just the 2nd infielder in the past five years with a 4 SB game. (Everth Cabrera in 2012) #ProfStats
- Conor Gillaspie has recorded a hit in all 11 games he’s played this season. He’s batting .341 on the season (career .249 AVG). #ProfStats
- Bartolo Colon let up 9 runs against the Angels Sunday. It was his 4th career game allowing at least 9 ER and his first since 2003. #ProfStats
- Brett Oberholtzer has now lost 7 straight starts (dating back to 09/07/2013) despite putting up a 3.12 ERA in those games. #ProfStats
Not #ProfStats, but still fascinating:
- @BRefPlayIndex: Before 2014, the Pirates hadn’t had multiple players with a multi-homer game (same game) since 2004, they have done it twice this season
- @BRefPlayIndex: Darin Erstad (1B, OF) & Placido Polanco (2B, 3B) are the only players to win Gold Glove Awards at multiple positions
- @HighHeatStats: Jose Abreu has joined Mark Quinn and Dino Restelli as the only players in the last 100 years with 2 multi-homer games among their first 10
- @HighHeatStats: Yangervis Solarte is the first Yankees player with a hit in each of his 1st 7 career starts since Hideki Matsui in 2003
- @HighHeatStats: Friday was the 28th one-hitter in Padres history. They’ve still never thrown a no-hitter.
- @MLBStatoftheDay: Melky Cabrera has hit safely in all 13 of the Blue Jays’ games – first player in franchise history to do that
- @MLBStatoftheDay: Over past 3 seasons combined, Raul Ibanez leads MLB in game-tying home runs in the seventh inning or later with 7
- @MLBStatoftheDay: Shin-Soo Choo is the first ever Senators/Rangers leadoff hitter with a five-strikeout performance
- @MLBStatoftheDay: Andrew Cashner has a pair of one-hit shutouts in his last 5 starts. He’s the only player in MLB with two since start of 2013 season
- @MLBStatoftheDay: Justin Upton has 7 game-ending hits since start of 2011 season – the most in MLB for this span (Freeman, Kemp, Hamilton have 6)
- @Sullivan_Ranger: Robinson Cano is hitting .333. Yankees second basemen are hitting .175 so far this year
I hope you enjoyed round 2 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 hastag #ProfStats.
*In case you missed it