Baseball Season is Rounding 2nd!
- Updated: July 1, 2016
The All-Star Break is the unofficial mid-point of the Major League Season but if you actually look at the length of the season and the number of games played, July 1st is much closer to mid-season. So lets take a look at what we have seen so far. Let’s not look at the things that you will see or hear about on every other MLB show or article. Yes we could talk about the Chicago Cubs and how this may just be the year. we could talk about the incredible pitching seasons that Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner are having. Instead lets look at some other pretty impressive numbers that may have been overlooks.
1. San Diego 1B Wil Myers has played in 75 games so far this year including 73 starts. He has yet to commit an error in 653 total chances. Even more impressive is that Myers is 8th overall in the Majors in total fielding chances. Compare that to St Louis SS Aledmys Diaz. Now I know the type of fielding plays and throws are much more difficult at Shortstop than First Base, but Diaz leads the Majors in errors with 14 in 271 total chances.
2. OK, I will mention a little on Clayton Kershaw. The most incredible stat is in 121 innings pitched he has walked just 9 batters while striking out 145. Lets compare that with Francisco Liriano who has pitched 82.2 innings with 83 strikeouts and a league leading 54 walks.
3. Boston veteran DH David Ortiz may be having one of the best years he has ever had. He currently is destroying the rest of the league in Slugging %. He is currently at .672 and the next closest batter is Baltimore’s Manny Machado at .611. In his Hall of Fame career, Big Papi’s best slugging percentage season was back in 2006 when he slugged at a .636 pace and his career slugging % is .551. Compare his numbers to the past four Slugging % champions. (2015 – Bryce Harper .649, 2014 – Jose Abreu .581, 2013 – Miguel Cabrera .636 & 2012 – Giancarlo Stanton .608.
4. The Baltimore Orioles just completed one of the biggest power-surges in the history of baseball. They hit 56 HRs as a team in the month of June. That is the most ever for the month of June and only 2 short of the record for any month of 58 held by the 1987 Orioles and the 1999 Seattle Mariners.
5. The Arizona Diamondbacks have hit a league leading 29 triples so far this year. That is 4 better than 2nd place San Francisco with 25 and 26 better than #30 Baltimore, who only hit 3 three-baggers. But on the other hand, Baltimore leads the league in HRs with 125, which is 9 better than number two, Toronto with 116 and 86 more than #30 Atlanta with only 39.
6. Cincinnati Reds LF Adam Duvall is having a breakout season. In his 2nd season Duvall has hit 22 HRs and has 54 RBIS in 74 games. Compare that to his rookie year where he had 8 HRs and 14 RBIs in 54 games.
7. The Chicago Cubs team ERA is almost a half run better than any other team. They are at 2.86 while #2 Washington is at 3.33 and Cincinnati, who is last, almost doubles them at 5.52. The Reds have more than doubled the Cubs in HRs allowed. The Cubs lead the league with just 65 round trippers allowed and the Reds are last with 137. The Reds HRs are 27 more than any other team in baseball.
8. One more Cubs stat. The Cubbies batters have been hit by pitches 51 times this year. That is 15 more than any other team in baseball besides the Pirates, who have 45 HBP. The Brewers and Indians have only been hit by pitch 15 times.
I hope you enjoyed some of these numbers and I have given you a few things to talk about at the water cooler or your local watering hole. We are a long way away from the playoffs and a lot can still happen. As we are about to hit the All-Star Break followed by the Dog Days of Summer, what will you be watching? Make sure you get all of our winning baseball action by purchasing our plays on Freeplays.com, by clicking on Razor Sharp Sports. Plus get free daily winners online there too. Good Luck.