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Two today:

Yesterday, Brewers pitcher Adrian Houser hit his second career home run,  off of Daniel Castano -- after hitting his first on April 27, also off of Daniel Castano.

Also yesterday, Max Scherzer's 14-srikeout outing made him just the fifth pitcher to have 100 games with ten or more strikeouts, joining Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, and Pedro Martinez.

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Josh Hader just became the fastest pitcher to reach 400 career strikeouts -- he's at 404 strikeouts in 236.1 innings, for a career rate of 15.4 strikeouts  per 9 innings.  

So far this year, he is averaging 17.1 Ks per 9, with an ERA of 0.71.

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Harold Castro has 29 hits --  28 of them singles.  His lone extra-base hit is a double.

So despite a gaudy .330 Batting Average, his Slugging Percentage is a mere .341, and because he doesn't walk very much his On-Base is just .379, which gives him an OPS of only 720.

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40 minutes ago, six-hopper said:

Harold Castro has 29 hits --  28 of them singles.  His lone extra-base hit is a double.

So despite a gaudy .330 Batting Average, his Slugging Percentage is a mere .341, and because he doesn't walk very much his On-Base is just .379, which gives him an OPS of only 720.

in the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king. Harold still had the best OBP on the team coming into play today. There is a lot to be said for not making outs during a rally.

He has a lot of limitations - doesn't run well, seems to be prone to mental lapses; but someone needs to beat him out of his playing time.

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Yes. getting on base, and thus not making outs, is a big deal.  On-Base has long been the king of the Sabermetrics world.

Still, having singles be 96.6 of a position player's hits is pretty unusual. 

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Here's a bonus Stat of the Day:

The average number of hits per game this year is the second-lowest of all time, just barely ahead of the Dead Ball season of 1908.  The average this year is 15.6 Hits Per Gsme, while in 1908 it was 15.5.

The ten seasons with the fewest hits per game, in order:

1908

2021

1968

1909

1907

1906

2020

1916

1910

1904

 

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Jacob DeGrom had an ERA of 0.56 through hist first ten starts, the lowest through ten starts in the history of baseball..  Now his ERA has gone down to 0.54 through eleven starts, the lowest through eleven starts in the history of baseball.

He has more RBIs (6) than Earned Runs Allowed (4).

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40 minutes ago, six-hopper said:

Jacob DeGrom had an ERA of 0.56 through hist first ten starts, the lowest through ten starts in the history of baseball..  Now his ERA has gone down to 0.54 through eleven starts, the lowest through eleven starts in the history of baseball.

He has more RBIs (6) than Earned Runs Allowed (4).

Weird I just posted something similar about deGrom in the "Regular Season Thread" on the Tigers board without realizing you posted this here.  His numbers though have just been simply mind blowing.  In 10 out of his 11 starts he has given up 3 HITS or less, most pitchers would love to give up 3 runs or less at that rate let alone hits.   

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Yes, what he's doing is incredible.  And his ERA keeps going down.  Now, through 12 starts, his ERA is 0.50.  He has allowed 4 earned runs in 12 starts, and has a WAR of 4.5 despite appearing in only a dozen games. 

His ERA+ is an insane 772.  The highest full-season ERA+ for a starting pitcher is 291 (Pedro Martinez in 2000).  And even Mariano Rivera, who has the highest Career ERA+ of any pitcher, starter or reliever, was only in the low 300s in his best seasons, despite having to throw just one inning at a time. 

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22 hours ago, six-hopper said:

Yes, what he's doing is incredible.  And his ERA keeps going down.  Now, through 12 starts, his ERA is 0.50.  He has allowed 4 earned runs in 12 starts, and has a WAR of 4.5 despite appearing in only a dozen games. 

His ERA+ is an insane 772.  The highest full-season ERA+ for a starting pitcher is 291 (Pedro Martinez in 2020).  And even Mario Rivera, who has the highest Career ERA+ of any pitcher, starter or reliever, was only in the low 300s in his best seasons, despite having to throw just one inning at a time. 

One of my favorite stats of his is 3.32 hits per 9 stat.  So even if you gave him an earned run for every one of his hits he'd only have a 3.32 ERA.   Also he could give up 10 runs in each of his next 2 starts and he'd still only have a 2.88 ERA for the season.  Just insane. 

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17 minutes ago, RandyMarsh said:

One of my favorite stats of his is 3.32 hits per 9 stat.  So even if you gave him an earned run for every one of his hits he'd only have a 3.32 ERA.   Also he could give up 10 runs in each of his next 2 starts and he'd still only have a 2.88 ERA for the season.  Just insane. 

There have been dominating high school pitchers with numbers like DeGrom's -- one that I saw this year had a season ERA of 0.50 or thereabouts and averaged more than two strikeouts an inning.  But DeGrom is doing this to Major Leaguers. 

The best pitching I've ever seen in the Bigs was Pedro's run in the late 90s and early 2000s, when at the height of the Steroid Era (and pitching half of his games in Fenway Park), he had ERAs under or just barely over 2 when most of the pitchers in baseball were getting shelled.  (The peak offensive year of the Steroid Era was 2000, and Pedro putting up an ERA of 1.74 that season is one of the most amazing feats in baseball history.)  But DeGrom is just on another planet right now.  

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In a game that's still going, the Brewers and the Cubs both had seven-run leads in the first four innings -- the Cubs going up 7-0, and now trailing 15-7.

Apparently this is the first time in baseball history that both teams have had leads of 7 or more in the first four innings.   I wouldn't think that there  can have been a whole lot of games in which both teams had a lead of seven or more at any point, but it has never happened before this early in a game. 

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As a follow-up on the Brewers/Cubs game yesterday, it was only the second time in the "Modern Era" (1900-- ) that a team scored seven runs in the first inning and then lost by at least seven.  (The final was 15-7).

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Going into yesterday's game, Kyle Schwarber had hit 16 home runs in 18 games.

12 of those home runs came in a ten-game stretch.  That put him in a tie with Albert Belle for the most home runs over ten games. 

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Strikeouts per Game went up every year from 2009 to 2019, setting a new record every year.  The number of strikeouts fell slightly in last year's short season, but for 2021 the upward trend has resumed, and so far this season we have a new record  high of 8.88 Ks per Team Game, or 17.76 for both teams -- a fitting number for the Fourth of July. 

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Pablo Lopez set a new Major League record today -- consecutive strikeouts to start a game -- by striking out the first nine batters he faced.

He pitched three more innings after that, without notching another K. 

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I've been busy, and quite remiss in not posting some pretty good stats and feats that have happened over the last couple of months.  But I'll throw one in here:

It's September 3, and the pitcher leading the Majors in Wins has just 15, so it's pretty much a certainty that there will be no 20-game winner this year.  There also weren't any in 2017 and 2009 (although there were four pitchers with 19 W's in 2009), although in recent years there have been some in most seasons, but typically no more than two or three a year, and even those have been in the very low 20s. 

The increase in bullpen use and the adoption of five-or-more-man rotations, and the corresponding decrease in starters' innings, have sharply reduced the opportunities for starters to notch victories.  Fifty years ago, when Mickey Lolich started 45 games and threw 376 innings -- an average of 8.36 innings per start! -- there were 14 pitchers with 20 or more victories. 

Of course, the Win has long been a less-than-meaningful stat, but its value continues to fall.  (For a great discussion and illustration of the weakness of the Pitching Win as a stat in modern baseball, see Brian Kenny's Ahead of the Curve, one of the must-read books for the thinking baseball fan, and one that is more entertaining and accessible than some of the math-heavier ones).  As to a particular pitcher, what is far more meaningful than his individual Win total is his team's record in games that he starts, because for the best pitchers their teams will generally win the lion's share of those games, even though the starter often gets a No Decision.   The most salient example of the proliferation of No-Decisions this year is Walker Buehler, who has had a fantastic season, but has just 15 decisions in 27 starts.

 There are only two active pitchers with more than 200 Wins, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke, with Verlander's 226 the most among active pitchers.  There are only four other active pitchers within striking distance of 200 -- Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, and Adam Wainwright.  So the new 300 may not even be as high as 200, or even close. 

Bottom line, the era of even the greatest pitchers putting up gaudy Win totals is over. 

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