From the Bill Chuck Files: Nine to Know

by BillChuck

Nine to Know

1. Last season, the AL West teams averaged 86 wins; the AL East and the NL West teams averaged 84 wins; the NL East teams averaged 79 wins; the NL Central teams averaged 78 wins; and the AL Central teams averaged 76.4 wins. The division champs averaged 94.3 wins, the Wild Card teams averaged 93.5 wins, and all the postseason teams averaged 94.125 wins.

2. 2010 is the 25th anniversary season of Tom Seaver and Phil Niekro picking up their 300th wins, Rod Carew collecting his 3,000th hit, Nolan Ryan striking out his 4,000th batter, and Pete Rose breaking Ty Cobb’s record for most hits all-time.

3. Brian Giles last season hit .191, exactly .100 points beneath his lifetime average.

4. Jose Reyes’ 73 triples are the most of any player in baseball history with fewer than 800 games played (Reyes has played in 791).

5. From 2000-2009 there were 24 players who averaged over .300, with a minimum of 3,000 plate appearances. No surprise that Albert Pujols (.334) leads them all, but some you may not think of include Sean Casey (.300), Michael Young (.302), Jose Vidro (.303), and Moises Alou (.310).

6. Of all the pitchers with fewer than 600 innings pitched, no one has more strikeouts than Brad Lidge who has 714 in 529 innings; he’s followed by Tim Lincecum who has 676 in 598.2 innings and Francisco Rodriguez with 660 in 519.2 innings.

7. Ryan Garko, who played behind Victor Martinez at Cleveland at first, signed a $550,000 contract with the Mariners to play first, DH and catch. In 2003, while at Stanford, Garko won the Johnny Bench Award as the nation’s top college catcher.

8. Brad Penny should thrive in the NL with pitching coach Dave Duncan in the Cardinals big ballpark. Penny’s WHIP last season with Boston was 1.534 and with the Giants 0.960.

9. The 2007 Rays, 2006 Cubs, 2002 Cubs, 1998 Diamondbacks, 1997 Cubs, and the 1996 Giants are the six teams that went from 70 or fewer wins the prior season to the postseason since the advent of the Wild Card.

Bill Chuck

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9 Responses to “From the Bill Chuck Files: Nine to Know”

  1. Mark Says:

    #9: Make that the ‘08 Rays, not ‘07.

  2. Hossrex Says:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=hunt–002art

    Mike Hunt-sville Alabama?

  3. Patrick Says:

    Reyes having the most triples (73) in history, through 791 games, is AMAZING. As everyone knows, triples have decreased by about half from the early 1900’s, due mainly to much smaller power alleys.

    To outpace guys like Ty Cobb, Joe Jackson and Tris Speaker in smaller parks is mind boggling. That’s way more of a statistical anomaly than even Barry Bonds’ 73 HR.

    I hope Reyes is healthy this year, he is a special player.

  4. Hossrex Says:

    Luckily the smaller power alleys have been balanced out by the utter disinterest the general managers have in defensive prowess.

    Most triples these days should be called errors, at least if there were such a thing as a “mental” error.

  5. Patrick Says:

    I do agree that they give out triples quite a bit on 3 base errors. If I were a CFer,I would take it personally letting up a triple with a 400′ CF fence. I’m sure it was a must to have a great CF with a strong arm when the fences were 450′.

  6. JR Says:

    Jose Reyes=Millon Dollar Talent with a 5 cent head.

  7. BCK Says:

    I didn’t understand the Reyes item the same way as Patrick did.

    It sounded to me like Bill was saying that he has the most triples of anyone who has played less than 800 games in his entire career, not to that point in his career.

    Wahoo Sam Crawford had 101 triples in his first 690 games, and Jake Beckley had 92 triples in his first 730 games, so I am pretty sure my understanding is correct.

  8. Patrick Says:

    You are correct BCK, I should’ve looked it up. Not quite as amazing now. I used to make sure everything I wrote was factual but I’ve gotten lazy lately and I’m even losing credibility with myself. I’ll make a concerted effort to check things in the future.

    Where is the egg on my face icon? We need one. :-)

  9. brautigan Says:

    Speaking of triples, I noticed Stuffy McInnis not once, not twice, but three times in his career had more triples (in a season) than he had strikeouts. Interestingly enough, he did it in 1921 with the Red Sox, 1922 with the Indians, and again with the Boston Braves in 1924.

    What Reyes has accomplished is pretty significant since triples back in the days of Crawford, Speaker and Cobb were almost double, triple or quadrupled in occurance than homeruns. The first time homeruns esclipsed triples in a season was the 1925 National League (614 triples compared to 636 homeruns)

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