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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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#ProfStats, Week 19: July Juggernauts

Since last week’s article we’ve seen another record filled month come to a close, capped off by an incredible day of trading to end July. However, many of the records and highlight performances of the month were marred by the whirlwind of trade rumors and deadline deals, so I’m here to make sure that those records get their due time in the spotlight in this week’s edition of #ProfStats.

Per the norm, don’t forget that you can also join in on the record revealing by tweeting any interesting baseball stats or facts you find on Twitter using the hashtag #ProfStats. The stats you tweet will get retweeted and might also even make it into next week’s article. If you don’t have a Twitter account, 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, then make sure you head over to Twitter and check out my handle @ZachPincince. You won’t need an account to view the page, and there you’ll find not only all of these #ProfStats, but a few bonus ones that are exclusive to my Twitter account. Make sure you’re heading over there to get your entire week’s worth of baseball stats!

Lastly, as a reminder you can also request specific topics, teams, or players for me to research and post in next week’s edition of #ProfStats. Do you want to know just how good or bad your favorite team has been recently? Are you curious if any of your fantasy players has set any records lately? Then let me help! 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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July Juggernauts

  • Jose Abreu and Frank Robinson (1956) are the only rookies in MLB history to hit at least 5 home runs while also getting intentionally walked at least 5 times in July. #ProfStats
  • Chris Davis (2013, 2014) and Jim Thome (1999, 2003) are the only players to ever strike out at least 38 times in July twice in their careers. #ProfStats
  • Before 2014, nobody had ever recorded a batting average under .175 while striking out over 35 times in July. This year, both Chris Davis and Jonathon Singleton accomplished the “feat”. #ProfStats
  • At age 23, Yasiel Puig became the youngest player with at least 10 doubles and 5 triples in July since Joe DiMaggio did it at age 22 in 1937. #ProfStats
  • Puig is the only Dodgers player in franchise history to hit at least 10 doubles and 5 triples in July. #ProfStats
  • Tyson Ross is the youngest pitcher since Orel Hershiser in 1984 to strike out at least 45 batters while allowing 5 or fewer runs in July. #ProfStats
  • Ross (1.10 ERA, 48 Ks in July) is the only Padres player in team history to record over 30 strikeouts with an ERA under 2.00 in July. #ProfStats
  • Zach Britton saved 11 games in July, and is the first Orioles closer with double-digit saves in July in franchise history. #ProfStats
  • Hiroki Kuroda threw 6 wild pitches in July, but walked just 7 batters. It is the fewest walks allowed while throwing at least 6 wild pitches in July ever. #ProfStats
  • Clay Buchholz (5 HBP in July) is just the 2nd Red Sox pitcher in the past 75 years (other: Pedro Martinez in 2002) to hit at least 5 batters in July. #ProfStats

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#ProfStats, Week 18: Mound Movers

We’re only two days away from the July 31 trade deadline, which is one of the most exciting times of the fantasy baseball season, and you can expect to see quite a few players changing uniforms within the coming days. It’s been an especially big market for pitchers this year, and I have a good feeling that at least one ace (if not more) will be traded by the end of the week.

With that being said, there are some stats you should know about these aces on the trading block, and you’re about to find out what they are in this week’s edition of #ProfStats

As usual, we encourage you to join in on the sharing of stats by posting any interesting baseball stats or facts you find on Twitter using the hashtag #ProfStats. Your stats will get retweeted and could also 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 reading the stats but don’t want to actually go out looking for them, then you should definitely check out my Twitter handle @ZachPincince. Not will you see all of these #ProfStats early as I come across them throughout the week, but you will also get exclusive access to bonus #ProfStats that can only be found on Twitter, so make sure you’re checking that out to get your full helping of baseball stats.

Finally, don’t forget that you can also request specific topics, teams, or players for me to research and post in next week’s edition of #ProfStats. Enjoy the stats, but wish they were more relevant to your fantasy team? Are you wondering if your favorite player owns any team records? Then let me help! 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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Mound Movers

  • David Price has thrown an MLB-leading and new Rays record 9 starts with double digit strikeouts this year. The second most in 2014 is 6 starts, and the previous team record was also 6. #ProfStats
  • Price is only the fourth lefty in MLB history to make 4 starts of at least 10 strikeouts and 0 walks in a season, joining Randy Johnson, Sandy Koufax, and Cliff Lee. #ProfStats
  • Cliff Lee has walked 3 or fewer batters in 96 straight starts dating back to 05/21/2011, the longest active streak in the NL. #ProfStats
  • Despite making just 12 starts, Lee has allowed at least 11 hits in a start 3 times this year (25% of total starts) which ties a season high for him. #ProfStats
  • Jon Lester has made 3 starts with at least 12 strikeouts this year. Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens are the only other Red Sox pitchers in franchise history to do the same. #ProfStats
  • Lester has started at least 31 games in a season 6 times for the Red Sox, something that only Roger Clemens and Cy Young have ever done for the team. #ProfStats
  • Cole Hamels is leading the NL with 4 double digit strikeout games this year which ties his season high and is double his total from last year. #ProfStats
  • Hamels is also just the 4th Phillies pitcher in team history to make at least 31 starts in 6 or more seasons. The other 3 (Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts, Pete Alexander) are all in the Hall of Fame. #ProfStats

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