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#ProfStats, Week 27: Killer Kershaw

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What an incredible season of Major League Baseball we all just witnessed! From the break outs to the busts and everywhere in between, there were some amazing stat lines put up this year, including some that have never been done before. For the final time this season, read on to find out what some of those new records are in this week’s edition of #ProfStats.

During the season we encouraged you to join in on the sharing of new records and fun stats by tweeting any interesting stats or facts you find using the hashtag #ProfStats. The season may be over, but don’t let that stop you from spreading the stat love, so let’s keep this hashtag alive! Your stats will still get retweeted and most importantly you’ll be sharing some awesome baseball facts with fellow fans like yourselves, so let’s see how many reader stats we can get over the offseason.

Even though the #ProfStats articles are done for the year now, that doesn’t mean the stats are going away. You can still keep up with all of the latest and greatest baseball stats by following me on Twitter @ZachPincince. I will be continuing to post a whole bunch of awesome stats throughout the offseason about the playoffs, free agent signings, fantasy baseball outlook for next year, and more, so make sure you keep checking back on Twitter to stay in the loop on all of the best #ProfStats.

Lastly, if there are any specific stats that you would like more information about then let me know and I would be happy to help! You can request specific players, teams, or topics for me to research and I’ll find a great stat or two on that subject. Do you want to know how rare that awesome postseason performance was the other day? Are you curious how often your favorite team signs free agents at a certain position? Then let me help and send any requests to me on Twitter and you can get all the stats you’ve been wondering about absolutely free!

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Killer Kershaw

  • Clayton Kershaw’s 1.77 ERA is the lowest since Pedro Martinez in 2000 (1.74), the lowest by a lefty since Rod Guidry in 1978 (1.74), and the lowest by a Dodger since Sandy Koufax in 1966 (1.73). #ProfStats
  • His 0.86 WHIP is the lowest since Pedro Martinez in 2000 (0.74), the lowest by a lefty since Dave McNally in 1968 (0.84), and the lowest by a Dodger since Sandy Koufax in 1965 (0.86). #ProfStats
  • Kershaw is just the 2nd player in MLB history to win at least 21 games while pitching in no more than 27 total games (Fred Goldsmith won 21 of 26 games pitched in 1880). #ProfStats
  • He is the first pitcher in baseball history to win four consecutive ERA titles. He joins Pedro Martinez, Lefty Grove, Walter Johnson, and Greg Maddux as the only pitchers to win four total ERA titles. #ProfStats
  • Kershaw’s K/BB of 7.71 is the 2nd best mark by a left-handed starter in MLB history. Cliff Lee holds the current record with 10.28 in 2010. #ProfStats
  • His 10.85 K/9 is the highest among all pitchers with a BB/9 under 2.00 in a season (1.41). Only Kershaw, Randy Johnson (2004), and Sandy Koufax (1965) have ever had a season with both a K/9 over 10 and a BB/9 under 2. #ProfStats

Awesome Abreu

  • Jose Abreu’s 36 home runs are the 6th most by a rookie in MLB history and the most since Albert Pujols hit 37 as a rookie in 2001. #ProfStats
  • Abreu’s .581 slugging percentage led the league in 2014, and he’s now only the 3rd rookie ever to lead his league in SLG (Mark McGwire in 1987 and Fred Lynn in 1975 – both won ROY). #ProfStats
  • Abreu also was intentionally walked 15 times in his rookie year which is the 3rd most by a player in his first season since IBBs were first tracked in 1955. #ProfStats

Amazing Altuve

  • Jose Altuve is the 41st player in major league history (first since Ichiro in 2009) to collect at least 225 hits in a season. His 85 runs scored are the fewest ever by any player in a 225+ hit season. #ProfStats
  • His 225 hits are a new Astros single-season record and he’s just the 2nd Astros player ever to collect at least 200 hits in a season (Craig Biggio – 210 H in 1998). #ProfStats
  • Altuve finished the year with 56 steals and 47 doubles. He’s just the 4th player ever with at least 55 SB and 45 2B in a single season (Lou Brock in 1968, Ty Cobb in 1911, & Walt Wilmot in 1894). #ProfStats

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#ProfStats, Week 26: Hallowed Hughes

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It’s hard to believe that a week from today the 2014 Major League Baseball regular season will be over! This year has given us such a great baseball season full of some incredible performances (and not-so incredible ones) which of course means plenty of awesome stats, and you’re about to find out what some of those great stats are in this week’s edition of #ProfStats.

During the entire season we’ve been encouraging you to join in on the stat fun by tweeting any interesting stats or facts you find using the hashtag #ProfStats and this week is no different. Share your stats with us on Twitter and we’ll spread the love by retweeting it and also mentioning it in next week’s post.

Also, don’t forget to check out my Twitter handle @ZachPincince to stay up-to-date with all of the current #ProfStats. Not only will you see all of these stats early, but you’ll also get access to a whole bunch of bonus stats exclusive to Twitter. If you enjoy reading this post then you won’t want to miss all of the great stats that are posted there, so click on the #ProfStats logo in this post to get started.

Finally, if there are any specific stats you would like to see in next week’s article, let me know and I will be happy to include them. You can request specific players, teams, or topics for me to research and I’ll find a great stat or two on that subject. Do you want to know how often a particular team makes the playoffs? Are you curious what you favorite team’s current postseason odds are? 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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Hallowed Hughes

  • Phil Hughes currently has an 11.31 K/BB (181 SO, 16 BB) which is the best K/BB by a qualified starter in MLB history, topping Bret Saberhagen’s record of 11.00 in 1994. #ProfStats
  • Hughes is just the 5th qualified pitcher EVER to walk 16 or fewer in one season, joining Carlos Silva, Bret Saberhagen, Babe Adams, and Slim Sallee. #ProfStats
  • He also joined Greg Maddux and Cliff Lee as the only pitchers to ever strikeout out at least 150 batters while walking fewer than 20 in a single season. #ProfStats
  • Hughes is currently the first qualified pitcher in MLB history with a SO/9 over 8 (8.08) and a BB/9 under 0.8 (0.71) in the same season. #ProfStats
  • He has currently allowed 16 home runs in addition to 16 walks and would become just the 6th qualified pitcher ever to have a season where he allowed the same amount of home runs as he did walks. #ProfStats
  • If Hughes wins his next start without walking anybody, he would have the same amount of wins as walks (16). The only other qualified pitcher who finished a season with the same number of wins as walks was Carlos Silva in 2005 (also with the Twins). #ProfStats
  • Phil Hughes’ 181 strikeouts are the most by a Twins right hander since Bert Blyleven in 1987. #ProfStats
  • Hughes is also the first Twins pitcher since John Smiley in 1992 to win at least 15 games in his first season with the team. #ProfStats

Rockie Record

  • Charlie Blackmon is the first player since Ichiro in 2004 with at least 3 games of 5 or more hits in one season. #ProfStats
  • Blackmon is also the first Rockies player in franchise history have at least 3 games with 5+ hits in a single season. #ProfStats

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#ProfStats, Week 25: Crumbling Captain

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Only a few weeks are left in the 2014 MLB season, and this year is shaping up to finish just as awesome as it started! Nobody expected the Orioles to have the second best record in baseball, and the fact that the Royals and Pirates are likely playoff bound has a lot of people excited. However aside from the awesome team accomplishments, there have been some pretty darn impressive individual ones as well. Many players are close to new records while some have already attained them, and you’re about to discover what a few of them are in this week’s edition of #ProfStats.

Just like every week, we highly encourage you to join in on the awesomeness that is #ProfStats, so tweet any interesting or cool baseball stats you find throughout the week using the appropriate hashtag. Your stat will get retweeted as well as mentioned in next week’s article (just like this one did) so what’s stopping you?

And don’t forget to keep up with all of the #ProfStats I’ve been posting on Twitter because only there will you find exclusive stats nowhere else to be seen. Every week I tweet a whole bunch of bonus #ProfStats specifically for my Twitter fans, so definitely head over there and check out my handle @ZachPincince to get the whole weeks’ worth of awesome baseball stat nuggets.

Lastly, you can request specific players, teams, or topics for me to research and I will include them in next week’s post. Do you want to know how good or bad your favorite team has really been this year? Do you want to know how improbable of a season your best fantasy player is having? Then let me help and you could see the stats that you want in next week’s article.

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Crumbling Captain

  • Derek Jeter is currently slashing a not very captain-like .250/.298/.298 line this season. Each one of those individual slash stats (AVG, OBP, and SLG) would all be career lows for Jeter. #ProfStats
  • Last year Jeter slashed .190/.288/.254 in an injury riddled season (just 17 games). His career slash was .313/.382/.448 before that season. #ProfStats
  • His career slash is now down to .309/.377/.439 after 150 games of sub-par performance over the past two seasons. #ProfStats
  • Through 12 games this month, Jeter is slashing a paltry .116/.188/.140 which is easily the worst he’s hit in any month in his career. It’s is also just the 2nd time in his career he’s hit under the Mendoza line in a month where he played at least 10 games (April 2004). #ProfStats
  • Jeter has recorded only 160 total bases so far this season. This year will be the first (and only) qualified season where he failed to reach 200 total bases. #ProfStats
  • He has also scored just 41 runs this year which is over half of what his previous career low in runs scored was (84 R in 2011). #ProfStats
  • The Yankee captain has currently gone 24 straight at bats without recording a hit which is the 2nd longest hitless streak in his career. #ProfStats
  • The longest number of at bats Jeter has ever gone without a hit was 32 back in April of 2004. Aside from his current one, it was the only time he had at least 20 straight hitless at bats. #ProfStats

The Good, the Bad, and the Records

  • Chris Davis is now just the 4th qualified player in MLB history to hit under .200 while also hitting at least 25 home runs in a single season joining Carlos Pena, Mark Reynolds, and Rob Deer. #ProfStats
  • Josh Donaldson (7.1 WAR, .254 AVG) could become just the 5th player EVER to maintain a WAR over 7.0 while also batting under .260 in a single season. #ProfStats

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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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