Fun with first-half numbers

Fun with first-half numbers

Justin Upton has already taken his strikeout tally into triple digits. Image: Kimberly P. Mitchell

Justin Upton has already taken his strikeout tally into triple digits. Image: Kimberly P. Mitchell

Good things come in threes. Or is that bad things? Whichever. To celebrate baseball's return from the All-Star Break, here are 33 random fun facts from the first half of the season.

1. The teams with the fewest doubles in each league play in the same city: New York City.

2. Seven players have already struck out at least 100 times. Of those, Justin Upton has an OPS (.670) that is 77 points lower than the next worst (Brett Lawrie). 

3. Trevor Story has the highest of the seven (.874).

4. If Evan Longoria hadn’t grounded into a double play in the last game before the break, the Tampa Bay Rays would have exactly half as many GIDPs as the Los Angeles Angels (84).

5. All 15 teams with a positive run differential have a winning record.

6. Three teams with a negative run differential have a winning record.

7. All three of those teams play in the same division: the AL Central. 

8. The top six teams for runs scored have crossed the plate seven more times than the bottom eight teams combined.

9. The New York Mets rank fifth for home runs, but 28th for runs scored.

10. Three National League catchers have had more than 85 hits – and none of those three are named Buster Posey or Yadier Molina.

11. Three National League catchers have hit more than 11 home runs – and none of those three are named Buster Posey or Yadier Molina.

12. Only one NL catcher meets the criteria for both of the previous two statements: Wilson Ramos.

13. Adam Duvall, Michael Saunders and Melvin Upton Jr have combined for as many home runs (55) as the Atlanta Braves.

14. Number of players with at least 100 hits: 20.

15. Number of players with at least 100 hits who have not started multiple games in the infield: just four – Mookie Betts (117), Ian Desmond (113), Carlos Gonzalez (107) and Mike Trout (104).

16. The two teams with the second-fewest triples – the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets – have three times as many as the Baltimore Orioles.

17. There are 24 players who have at least as many stolen bases (12) as the Orioles. 

18. There is only one player – Jonathan Villar – who has been caught stealing at least as many times as the Orioles.

19. The Boston Red Sox have a team batting average of .292, which is 19 points higher than their closest rivals. The drop isn’t anywhere near as significant after that, as the Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins (both .273) have a dozen teams within 19 points of them.  

20. Brandon Guyer has been hit by pitch 20 times in 211 plate appearances – as many times as White Sox teammates Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu, who rank second and third, respectively, in a combined 778 plate appearances.

21. Guyer has been hit by pitch as many times as the Oakland Athletics (in 3309 plate appearances).

22. The Milwaukee Brewers (18) and Cleveland Indians (19) have been hit fewer times than Guyer. The Brewers have had 3255 plate appearances and the Indians have had 3397.

23. Of the 17 teams with a fielding percentage of at least league average (.985), only one – the Arizona Diamondbacks – has a losing record.

24. The top two players for innings pitched play for the same team: the San Francisco Giants – Johnny Cueto (131.1) and Madison Bumgarner (129.2).

25. The pitching staffs of the Giants, Red Sox and Cleveland Indians have combined for as many complete games as the collective total of 17 other teams. 

26. Five players have at least as many saves as the Cincinnati Reds and Minnesota Twins combined (27).

27. Among pitchers with at least one inning pitched for every team game, there are only six with a WHIP under 1.00. Five of those pitchers have WHIPs between 0.956 and 0.997 – but Clayton Kershaw is in a world of his own at 0.727.

28. Only two pitchers with at least one inning pitched for every team game are walking fewer than 1.37 batters per nine innings. One is Kershaw, who is at less than half that (0.67).

29. The other is Josh Tomlin (0.99).

30. Francisco Liriano has walked 58 hitters in 92.2 innings. To exceed Liriano’s 5.63 walks per nine innings, Kershaw would have to issue a free pass to the next 67 hitters he faced.

31. Only three players – Josh Donaldson, Mookie Betts and Kris Bryant – have scored more runs than Ubaldo Jimenez has allowed (in just 81.2 innings). 

32. Kansas City Royals starter Chris Young has allowed an incredible 26 home runs in 61 innings. His career high is 28 (in 179.1 innings).

33. And in the past two years, the most home runs given up by a pitcher in a season is … well, 33.

 

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