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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
1st Pitch: Emptying the Strasburg notebook

By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info

Quick Hits: What is there left to say about Stephen Strasburg’s debut? With help from researcher Ryan McCrystal, let’s empty out the notebook of more obscure fun facts (while saving the best for last).
Today’s Trivia: Who has the most strikeouts in MLB history among pitchers who never had at least 14 in a game?

Today’s Leaderboard: Strasburg already has more strikeouts than 175 pitchers who have appeared in the majors this season. Brian Moehler’s 32 1/3 innings are the most for any pitcher with fewer than 14 strikeouts. The Tigers, including Armando Galarraga, are well represented on the list.

Key Matchups: Justin Morneau was hitless in his first eight at-bats against Kyle Davies before finally singling off of him. However, since that single, he is hitless in seven at-bats. Overall, Morneau is just 1-for-16 against Davies, a .063 batting average that is his lowest against any pitcher he has faced at least 15 times. Similarly, that .063 average is the lowest of any hitter that Davies has faced 15 times.

Albert Pujols is a .571 career hitter against Clayton Kershaw. Factor in four walks, and Pujols has a .727 on-base percentage against the Dodgers’ youngster, his fifth highest against a pitcher that he has faced 10 times. The only other hitter with an OBP over .500 against Kershaw? Matt Holliday (.571), the man who hits directly behind Pujols.

Trivia Answer: Don Sutton is seventh on the all-time strikeout list with 3,574, but never had more than 12 in a game.