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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.

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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

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#ProfStats, Week 16: All-Star Edition

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.

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#ProfStats, Week 15: Hahn Solo

With today being the final Tuesday before the All-Star break, there are quite a few first half records that will be set by this time next week. Some need this final week of games to reach the milestone and some are already there, and you’re about to find out a few of those records in this week’s edition of #ProfStats.

Don’t forget that you too can join in on the discovery of new baseball records by tweeting any interesting baseball stats or facts you come across during the week using the hashtag #ProfStats and your stats will get retweeted and could even get mentioned in next week’s article. You can also leave them in the comments below or post it in our forum if Twitter is not your thing.

If you enjoy all the #ProfStats you read here, then make sure you check out my Twitter handle @ZachPincince where you’ll find some bonus stats not found anywhere in this article. You’ll also get to see all these stats early as I post them throughout the week, so make sure you check that out to get the full #ProfStats experience.

Lastly, I recently added a new twist to my weekly post and that is the addition of the #ProfStats request. That’s right, you can now ask for specific #ProfStats and I will oblige those requests in the following week’s article. Wondering how uncommon that crazy night your fantasy player had the other day was? Curious if your favorite team has set any records lately? Then let me help! Send your requests in using the same methods mentioned above (hashtag, Twitter, forums) and you could see that the stats that YOU want in next week’s article.

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Hanh Solo

  • Jesse Hahn is the only player in MLB history to strike out at least 5 batters while allowing 6 or fewer hits in each of his first 6 career starts. #ProfStats
  • He is also the first Padres pitcher in team history to strike out at least 5 batters in each of his first 6 career starts. #ProfStats
  • Hahn became just the 15th player on ANY team with at least 5 strikeouts in each of his first 6 career starts. Among those 15 players only Josh Beckett (2001) allowed fewer runs than Hanh did in his first 6 starts. #ProfStats
  • His 41 strikeouts through his first 6 career starts are the most by any Padres pitcher in team history. #ProfStats
  • Hahn joined Mat Latos and Andy Berns as the only Padres pitchers in team history to win 4 of his first 6 career games started. However the difference maker lies in the ERA: Hahn – 2.34, Latos – 4.01, Berns – 4.38. #ProfStats
  • After his first 6 career starts Hahn has allowed just 37 baserunners – the fewest by any Padres pitcher in team history through his first 6 starts. Hahn and Mat Latos (39) are the only Padres to allow less than 40 baserunners through their first 6 starts. #ProfStats

Striking Out at an Astro-nomical Rate

  • George Springer has received a golden sombrero (4 strikeouts in one game) 5 times this year while nobody else in baseball has more than 2. #ProfStats
  • Springer’s 5 games with at least 4 strikeouts has the tied AL single-season record (NL record – 7) and he’s only played half a season (72 games)! #ProfStats
  • Last year Chris Carter tied Glenn Davis’ Astros record for most golden sombreros in a season with 3. George Springer is already at 5 and still has 71 games left to play this year! #ProfStats
  • Springer’s 5 games with at least 4 strikeouts is also the most ever among any player in his first MLB season. Nobody has ever had more than 3 such games in their rookie year. #ProfStats

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#ProfStats, Week 14: Awesome Altuve

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While June seemingly went by as fast as it came, there were quite a few records set in the past month that won’t vanish nearly as quickly, and you’re about to find out what they were in this week’s edition of #ProfStats.

As a reminder, if you would like to join in on the declaration of new records, tweet any interesting baseball stats or facts that you come across during the week using the hashtag #ProfStats, and your stat will get retweeted and could even get shared in next week’s article. If you don’t own a Twitter account, you can also leave them in the comments below or post it in our forum.

Don’t forget to also check out my Twitter handle @ZachPincince where you’ll find all sorts of interesting #ProfStats. Some of them will be ones you see here posted early, and some will be stats that you won’t find anywhere in this article, so make sure you’re checking that out to get your full helping of baseball stats.

Finally, in case you missed the announcement over the past few weeks, you can now request specific #ProfStats in addition to sharing your own. Do you like this post but wish there were more stats relevant to your fantasy players? Do you want to know how rare that feat your favorite team pulled off the other night was? Then let me help! Send your requests in using the same methods mentioned above (hashtag, Twitter, forums) and you could see that the stats that YOU want in next week’s article. I don’t know of any other fantasy baseball site that will give you FREE stats/facts at your request so make sure you take advantage of it!

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Awesome Altuve

  • Jose Altuve is now the only player in MLB history to collect at least 25 doubles and 35 steals in either half of the season. And he still has 12 games left to play in the first half. #ProfStats
  • Last Saturday Altuve became the first Astros player EVER with multiple stolen bases in 3 straight games and he padded the record on Sunday with a 4th. #ProfStats
  • Altuve is just the 2nd player in the past 100 years (first since Ray Chapman in 1917) with 4 consecutive games swiping multiple bases. #ProfStats
  • He has now stolen at least one base in a new team record 7 straight games….and counting. The previous Astros high was 5 consecutive games done by Michael Bourn in 2009. #ProfStats
  • He is also only the 3rd player in team history (first since Gerald Young in 1988) to steal at least 36 bases in the first half. #ProfStats
  • Altuve is hitting an MLB leading .344 this year while the rest of the Astros team is hitting just .221. Talk about carrying his team. #ProfStats

Ker-shocking Month

  • Clayton Kershaw is the first pitcher in MLB history to record over 60 SO with less than 5 BB and fewer than 5 ER in any month of the season. #ProfStats
  • With 61 SO in June, Kershaw is just the 4th Dodgers pitcher in team history to record at least 60 strikeouts in a month. The last Dodgers pitcher to strikeout more in any month was Sandy Koufax in 1966. #ProfStats
  • Kershaw has recorded at least 9 strikeouts in 8 of his 12 starts this year, and at least 7 SO in all but one. #ProfStats
  • After allowing 7 ER against the Diamondbacks on May 17th, Kershaw has allowed a total of 7 ER since. If you remove that one start from his season totals, his 2014 numbers look like this: 11 GS, 1.27 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 12.06 K/9, 1.04 BB/9. #ProfStats

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#ProfStats, Week 13: Quality Start-er

Summer is officially here, and with it brings another weekly edition of #ProfStats. Per the norm, if you want your voice to be heard, tweet any interesting baseball stats or facts that you come across during the week using the hashtag #ProfStats and your stat could be shared in next week’s article. You can also leave them in the comments below or post it in our forum if you don’t use Twitter.

But whether you own a Twitter account or not, you can still check out my handle @ZachPincince, and you’ll want to make sure you do that because I tweet a bunch of extra stats and facts you won’t find here.

Don’t forget that you can now request specific #ProfStats in addition to sharing your own. Do you love baseball stats and facts, but don’t feel like digging around to find some or don’t know where to look? Then let me do it for you! Send your requests in using the same methods mentioned above (hashtag, Twitter, forums) and you could see that the stats that YOU want in next week’s article. I don’t know of any other fantasy baseball site that will give you FREE stats/facts at your request so make sure you take advantage of it!

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Quality Start-er

  • Masahiro Tanaka has now thrown 15 consecutive quality starts. He’s just the 46th pitcher in MLB history with a QS streak of at least 15, and the first since Bartolo Colon had 15 last season. #ProfStats
  • Only 4 other pitchers in MLB history have started their career with HALF as many quality starts as Tanaka did. He’s one away from tying the record for most consecutive QS to start a career (Steve Rogers with 16 in 1973). #ProfStats
  • Tanaka is also one QS away from tying the record for the most consecutive quality starts in Yankees history (C.C. Sabathia with 16 in 2010). He’s currently tied with Ron Guidry who threw 15 straight QS in 1978. #ProfStats
  • No pitcher has ever thrown a quality start in every start of a season like Tanaka is doing, and while he’ll eventually throw a non-QS, if he can maintain a QS% over 75% from here on out he’ll break the record for the highest QS% in Yankees history (Dave Righetti with 86.7% in 1981). #ProfStats
  • Tanaka’s 119 strikeouts are the 3rd most by any pitcher through his first 15 career starts (Kerry Wood- 139 in 1998, Hideo Nomo – 138 in 1995.) #ProfStats
  • Tanaka (119 Ks, 17 BBs) joined Stephen Strasburg (103 Ks, 17 BBs) as the only players in MLB history to strikeout over 100 batters while walking fewer than 30 through his first 15 career starts.

The Price is Right

  • David Price has thrown an MLB leading 7 starts (44% of total starts) where he recorded double digit strikeouts this year. #ProfStats
  • His 7 starts with 10+ strikeouts is a new Rays single season record – and the season is not even halfway done. #ProfStats
  • There have been a total of 90 double digit strikeout games in Rays history – David Price has the team record with 21 such games which is 23% of all such games in team history. #ProfStats
  • David Price is the only player in baseball this year to throw multiple 10+ strikeout games while receiving the loss – he has 3 of them! #ProfStats

Along Came Tulo

  • Troy Tulowitzki has 18 home runs on the season right now. No other shortstop in Rockies history has ever hit more than 12 home runs in a season, and this is Tulo’s sixth time doing it. #ProfStats
  • Troy Tulowitzki has hit 173 HRs in career 3506 AB (20.27 HR/AB) while slashing .299/.374/.519. Every other SS in Rockies history has combined for just 162 HRs in 10361 AB (63.96 HR/AB) while slashing .265/.316/.389. #ProfStats
  • To put that last stat into more perspective, Tulowitzki by himself has hit over half (52%) of the home runs hit by all Rockies shortstops in team history! #ProfStats

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