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#ProfStats, Week 24: Uehara Unnerved

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Fantasy Football has finally begun, and while I’m as pumped as anyone for another great NFL season, we’ve still got another month of regular season baseball to play, folks! Not only are the pennant races heating up, but this year has been quite a historic one with multiple records being broken as well as many potential ones on the horizon, and you’re about to find out what some of them are in this week’s edition of #ProfStats.

As usual, we encourage you to join in on the discovery of new records and fun facts by tweeting any interesting baseball stats you find throughout the week using the #ProfStats. Your stat will get retweeted and could also get mentioned in next week’s article (just like this one did). If you don’t have a Twitter account you can create one for free, but if you really don’t want to do that then you can also leave any stats you find in the comments section below or post it in our forum.

If you enjoy reading all of these #ProfStats and wish there were more, then you’re in luck because I have plenty more stats for you over on Twitter. I tweet a whole bunch of bonus #ProfStats every week that you won’t find anywhere here, so definitely head over there and check out my handle @ZachPincince to see the full amount of stats available to you.

Finally, don’t forget that you can also request specific players, teams, or topics for the next #ProfStats article, and I will include those requests in next week’s post. Do you want to know more about that rookie your favorite team called up. Are you curious just how awesome your best fantasy performer has been this year? 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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Uehara Unnerved

  • Koji Uehara has allowed more earned runs this year (18) than he did in 2012 & 2013 combined (16). #ProfStats
  • Uehara has allowed more home runs this year than he did earned runs last year. #ProfStats
  • He has allowed 14 career home runs off of his signature splitter pitch and half of them (7) have come in just this year alone! #ProfStats
  • In 2013 Koji allowed a total of 9 ER in 74.1 IP (1.09 ERA). He has allowed 9 ERA in just his past 5 outings (3.2 IP, 22.07 ERA). #ProfStats
  • Last year Uehara had a spectacular 0.28 ERA and 0.31 WHIP in the second half. This year’s second half numbers are far from impressive at a 5.09 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. #ProfStats
  • From July through the end of the postseason last year (44 IP) Koji allowed a total of 2 earned runs. He allowed 2 earned runs in just his most recent outing against the Yankees on Thursday. #ProfStats

Making History

  • If Clayton Kershaw’s season ended today, he would be the 1st pitcher in MLB history with at least 18 wins in 24 or fewer games pitched. #ProfStats
  • If you remove his blowup against the Diamondbacks on May 7th, Kershaw would have a 1.33 ERA & 0.79 WHIP this year. #ProfStats
  • His WHIP of 0.82 is currently the lowest by a lefty in major league history! #ProfStats
  • Kershaw will have made a career $23,844,000 by the end of the season. He is set to make at least $30,000,000 in each of the next six years. #ProfStats

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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

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#ProfStats, Week 22: RISP Records

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While batting average is an important stat to know how often a player gets a hit, sometimes you want to know how often a player gets a hit when his team needs it most, and that’s where batting average with runners in scoring position (RISP) comes in. Commonly used to measure how “clutch” a player is, AVG w/ RISP is definitely a stat you should be aware of, and you’re about to find out some interesting “RISP records” in this week’s edition of #ProfStats.

As usual, if you come across any interesting baseball stats or facts over the next week then share them with us on Twitter using the hashtag #ProfStats, and you could see your stats get retweeted as well as mentioned in next week’s article. If you don’t have a Twitter account or just straight up don’t use it, then you can also leave any stats you find in the comments section below or post it in our forum.

Don’t forget that if you enjoy all the #ProfStats you read here then there’s more outside of this weekly post! Not only do I tweet all of these stats as I come across them throughout the week, but I also tweet a whole bunch of bonus #ProfStats that you will only find on Twitter, so make sure you head over there and check out my handle @ZachPincince to be up-to-date with all the latest and greatest baseball stats available.

Finally, as a reminder you can also request specific #ProfStats for me to look up, and I will include them in next week’s article. Do you want to know how historically good or bad one of your fantasy players has been? Are you curious as to where your favorite team’s record ranks all-time? Then 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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RISP Records

  • Currently Xander Bogaerts is batting an abysmal .120 with RISP this year. It is the worst AVG w/ RISP in major league history by anybody with at least 100 such at bats. #ProfStats
  • Bogaerts career batting average with RISP is actually even lower at .117, and is coincidentally the worst career AVG w/ RISP by any non-pitcher in MLB history with at least 100 such at bats. #ProfStats
  • Bogaerts’ Red Sox teammate Allen Craig currently has a career batting average of .362 with RISP which is actually the best in major league history, meaning the Red Sox have both the worst and best hitters ever with RISP on their team right now. #ProfStats
  • This year among all batters that have come to the plate at least 100 times with RISP, nobody has a better AVG than David Murphy and Russell Martin (both tied with .382). #ProfStats
  • If you use a 10 AB minimum (small sample size alert!), then the player with the highest AVG w/ RISP in 2014 is actually Clayton Kershaw, who is 4 for 10 with RISP this year. #ProfStats
  • Among all rookies that have over 50 at bats with RISP this year, C.J. Cron is leading the way with a .377 AVG w/ RISP (in 61 AB). #ProfStats
  • The Tigers are currently leading all teams with a .278 AVG w/ RISP this year, and the Padres (in typical fashion) are holding up the rear batting just .219 with RISP. #ProfStats

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#ProfStats, Week 21: Second Half Studs

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With football season only a few weeks away, you’ve likely shifted most of your attention from baseball to your upcoming fantasy football drafts. However, in all of the football madness it can be easy to lose track of how good certain guys in baseball are actually playing. Fear not because I’m here to remind you! There are quite a few lesser-known players having a pretty stellar second half right now, and you’re about to find out who some of them are in this week’s edition of #ProfStats.

Don’t forget that you at home can join in on the fun that comes from digging up surprising stats, and you can do so by tweeting any interesting baseball stats or facts you find using the hashtag #ProfStats. Your tweets will get retweeted and will also be mentioned in next week’s article. If you don’t use Twitter, you can also leave any stats you find in the comments section below or post it in our forum.

If you enjoy all the stats you read here, then you’ll definitely want to make sure you head over to Twitter and check out my handle @ZachPincince. You’ll also see some bonus #ProfStats found only on Twitter, so make sure you check that out to be up-to-date with all of the latest cool baseball stats.

Lastly, if there are any specific stats that you would like to see in this article, then let me know and I would be happy to oblige you. You can request specific topics, teams, or players for me to find some cool stats on, and I will post the results right here in next week’s #ProfStats article. Do you want to know if your favorite player has made any history lately? Are you curious how your hometown team ranks in a particular split this year? Then 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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Second Half Studs

  • So far this second half, only two players have hit double digit home runs: Giancarlo Stanton and Chris Carter. #ProfStats
  • Nobody in baseball has driven in more runs in the second half than Chris Carter, who leads MLB with 29 RBI since the All Star break. #ProfStats
  • No one has scored more runs in the second half than Josh Harrison, who has crossed the plate an MLB high 24 times in that span. #ProfStats
  • Denard Span is pacing MLB in the second half with a blistering .403 batting average. He was hitting just .269 prior to the All Star break. #ProfStats
  • Only three qualified starters have yet to allow a home run in the second half: Corey Kluber, Lance Lynn, and Marcus Stroman. #ProfStats
  • In the second half this year only Corey Kluber (.161) is holding opposing hitters to a lower batting average than Francisco Liriano (.162). #ProfStats
  • Jordon Zimmermann has walked just one batter through 31.2 IP this second half. He’s also struck out 29 batters which puts his K/BB at an insane 29.00! #ProfStats

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#ProfStats, Week 20: Fun with WAR

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Only a few weeks remain in the fantasy baseball regular season, and if you’re still reading Baseball Professor in August then your team is probably playoff bound. But let’s take a minute away from all of the stress that comes from managing a team to postseason success and appreciate the incredible baseball season that we’re witnessing. There are some crazy records and achievements happening nearly every day, and you’re about to find out some of the latest ones in this week’s edition of #ProfStats.

As usual, we highly encourage you to join in on the discover of all these crazy records by tweeting any interesting baseball stats or facts you find on Twitter using the hashtag #ProfStats. Your tweeted stats will get retweeted, and could also get mentioned in next week’s article. If Twitter is not your style, you can also leave them in the comments section below or post it in our forum.

And don’t forget that the buck doesn’t stop here when it comes to baseball stats! I tweet many #ProfStats all throughout the week, including some that you won’t find anywhere here, so make sure you head over to Twitter (you don’t need an account) and check out my handle @ZachPincince to ensure you’re in the loop with all the latest baseball records and trends.

Finally, if you enjoy the stats but don’t feel like doing the research, then let me help! You can request specific topics, teams, or players for me to look up, and I will post the results in next week’s edition of #ProfStats. Are you wondering where Jose Abreu ranks among rookies all time? Do you want more context into how incredible Clayton Kershaw is pitching? Then 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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Fun with WAR

  • This year the Phillies batting WAR currently breaks down as: Rollins/Utley/Byrd/Ruiz: 12.3 WAR. Everybody else on the team: -3.9 WAR. #ProfStats
  • Anthony Rizzo has 3.4 WAR this year while all other Cubs hitters in 2014 have combined for just 1.7 WAR. That’s 67% of his team’s total WAR! #ProfStats
  • Aside from Rizzo, only two other players this year have at least half of their team’s WAR: Jason Heyward with 56% (5.5/9.9) and Giancarlo Stanton with 55% (5.5/10). #ProfStats
  • If you look at the most WAR among Marlins hitters this year, once you get past the top 4 players (Stanton, Ozuna, Yelich, McGehee) the next 3 players are all pitchers (Alvarez, Turner, Cosart). #ProfStats
  • Jackie Bradley Jr has a 2.3 defensive WAR this year, but a horrible -0.4 offensive WAR. He is just the 2nd outfielder in MLB history (joining Darren Lewis in 1999) with both a dWAR greater than 2 and a negative oWAR in the same season. #ProfStats
  • 55% of the Red Sox pitching WAR this year has been accumulated by players that are not even on the team anymore (Lester, Lackey, Peavy, Doubront, Miller, Capuano). #ProfStats
  • Wade Davis (2.8 WAR) is on pace to become just the 4th relief pitcher in MLB history to top 3 WAR in a season without recording any saves. #ProfStats

A Debut You “May” Want To Forget

Read Matt Commins’ review of May’s fantasy potential.

  • Twins rookie Trevor May walked 7 batters in his major debut on Saturday and is the first Minnesota Twins player in franchise history to do so. #ProfStats
  • May is just the 10th player in major league history (and the first since 1975) with at least 7 walks and 0 strikeouts in his major league debut. #ProfStats
  • Prior to Saturday, nobody had ever given up at least 7 BB and 4 ER in his major league debut, which May did in just 2 innings of work. #ProfStats

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