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Statistical Oddities

October 23, 2010

One of the fun things about each season is to take a look back at some of the statistical feats that were accomplished. There were a number of milestones reached and some simply unusual things done. Many of these come courtesy of The Flagrant Fan so I wanted to be sure to give credit where credit was due. Most of the others come from thorough examining of the end-of-season leaderboards. 

  • Florida’s Jorge Cantu set a MLB record by starting the season with a hit and RBI in 10 consecutive games. It would be the longest such streak in the Majors all season. After being traded to Texas midseason he would have a grand total of 2 RBI in the 30 games he played for the Rangers.
  • Chicago’s Starlin Castro became the first player to have 6 RBI in his MLB debut when he hit a three-run home run and a three-run triple.
  • New York’s Angel Pagan became the first player in 55 years to have an inside-the-park home run and take part in a triple play in the same game when he accomplished the feat in early May.
  • There were 18 total inside-the-park home runs in 2010. And three triple plays.
  • San Diego’s Matt Stairs tied a ML record by hitting a home run for his 11th different team. The only organization he has played for but never homered with was Montreal.
  • Stairs later set a ML record by hitting his 21st career pinch-hit home run. There were 108 total pinch-hit home runs this season.
  • Kendry Morales of the Angels and Chris Coughlan of the Marlins both suffered season ending injuries after hitting walk off home runs. Morales broke his leg jumping and landing on home plate. Coughlan tore a ligament in his knee trying to hit a teammate in the face with a shaving cream pie.
  • Boston’s Daniel Nava became just the second player in ML history to his a grand slam on the first pitch of their first career at bat. Kevin Kouzmanoff is the other.
  • Philadelphia’s Jamie Moyer surpassed Robin Roberts for most career home runs allowed when he allowed his 506th home run in late June. He’d finish the season with 511.
  • Rodrigo Lopez led the NL with 37 home runs allowed. James Shields led the AL with 34.
  • The National League won the All Star Game for the first time since 1996. Aside from the one year without a winner (that wonderful 7-7 tie that still boggles my mind) the AL had won 13 straight.
  • Texas’s Bengie Molina became just the 8th player, and first catcher, since 1900 to hit for the cycle with a grand slam.
  • Milwaukee’s Jody Gerut, Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez, and Arizona’s Kelly Johnson were the only other three players to hit for the cycle this year.
  • Alex Rodriguez his career home run #600.
  • Trevor Hoffman saved career game #600.
  • Albert Pujols hit career home run #400.
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks struck out a combined 1,529 times.
  • Four teams – Kansas City, Texas, Minnesota, and Chicago (AL) – struck out fewer than 1,000.
  • Felix Hernandez became the fourth youngest pitcher to reach 1,000 career strikeouts.
  • Ichiro Suzuki collected over 200 hits for the 10th consecutive season. Only Pete Rose has matched that total number of 200+ hit seasons but his weren’t consecutive.
  • Four players struck out five times in one game – Ryan Howard, Jason Heyward, Justin Smoak, Mark Teixeira.
  • There were 10 one-hitters thrown and 5 no-hitters (including 2 perfect games).
  • Plus there’s Roy Halladay’s no-hitter to start the playoffs.
  • After Armando Galarraga’s near perfect game on June 2 he would go 2-8 and allowed 130 hits over 123.1 innings of work.
  • Mark Reynolds and Carlos Pena became just the 3rd and 4th players to hit 25 or more home runs with a batting average below .200.
  • Reynolds also became the first player that qualified (in terms of plate appearances) for the batting title to finish with more strikeouts (211) than points to his batting average (.198).
  • Reynolds, just to pick on him some more, also finished the season with more than 200 strikeouts for the third season in a row. He is the only player in MLB history to ever finish a season with more than 200 strikeouts.
  • Pittsburgh and Seattle lost more than 100 games. No team won 100.
  • Seattle scored a mere 513 runs total as a team. The Yankees led all of MLB with 859 runs scored.
  • Three teams hit over 200 team home runs. All three played in the AL East – New York (201), Boston (211), and Toronto (257). Seattle finished dead last with 101.
  • Juan Pierre led the Majors with 68 stolen bases.
  • Four teams – Atlanta, Chicago (NL), Toronto, and San Francisco – finished with fewer team stolen bases. Two more – Boston and Minnesota – tied Pierre’s 68.
  • Pedro Feliciano appeared in 92 games but only pitched 62.2 innings.
  • Randy Choate led the AL with 85 appearances and only threw 44.2 innings.
  • In one of the more impressive individual statistics, Cliff Lee walked only 18 batters in 212.1 innings. That’s 0.8 BB/9.
  • Four players – Prince Fielder (114), Daric Barton (110), Pujols (103), and Jose Bautista (100) – walked more than 100 times. Barton led the group with 108 of his walks being unintentional.
  • Pujols led all with 38 intentional walks.
  • Jonathan Sanchez walked the most by any pitcher with 96.
  • Rickie Weeks led all with 25 hit-by-pitches.
  • Billy Butler grounded into 32 double plays. Michael Cuddyer and Pablo Sandoval tied for second with 26.

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