Today’s Trivia: Want to feel old? Los Angeles Angels starter Tyler Chatwood was born 16 days too soon to be the first pitcher born in the 1990s. Who was the first pitcher born in the 1980s to appear in an MLB game?
Quick Hits: Let’s take a look at some surprising league leaders so far this season.
• Howie Kendrick leads the majors with five HRs off of left-handed pitchers. That’s three more than he had last season.
Rodriguez• Your MLB leader in triples? Sean Rodriguez with three. Though he’s hitting just .206, six of his seven hits this season have been for extra bases.
• Jonny Gomes leads the league with five home runs in day games, one more than he had last season.
• Billy Butler has already been intentionally walked five times, just three shy of his career high. Over the past 50 years, the most intentional walks for an AL player in April is seven (Ken Griffey Jr. in 1993 and Travis Hafner in 2007).
• Clay Buchholz has allowed six home runs, after allowing seven all last season. But that’s not even the more surprising number in the AL. Erik Bedard’s seven home runs allowed are the most in the majors. He’s never allowed more than 19 in a season.
• David Price has already hit four batters, most in the majors and one shy of his career high.
• Brad Thomas has pitched just 6 2/3 innings, but has still allowed the most sac flies this season (5).
Trivia Answer: In April 2001, CC Sabathia became the first pitcher born in the 1980s to appear in a game.