Stats & Info: Jimmie Foxx

Kernels: Home runs for the home stretch

September, 29, 2013
Given that the regular season isn't officially over, we're going to wait and recap our favorite nuggets of the season a little later on. As for this past week, the home stretch brought us a bunch of notable home runs.

•  Will Middlebrooks of the Boston Red Sox had two hits in Wednesday's 15-5 win at Coors Field. They were a grand slam and a three-run homer, giving him 7 RBI for the game. Teammate Shane Victorino had one of the season's other six 7-RBI games back in August, the first time two Red Sox hitters have done it since 1987 (Ellis Burks, Wade Boggs, and Todd Benzinger). And the last Boston hitter with three- and four-run homers in the same game? Carlton Fisk on September 6, 1977.

•  Brad Miller had a multi-homer game out of the leadoff spot on Saturday, the 15th of the season for the Seattle Mariners who led the majors in that category. It was Miller's third multi-homer game of the year; he's the first Seattle leadoff hitter ever with three in a season.

On Wednesday Mike Zunino had one of their other 14; his was notable because, in the alphabetical rolls of over 18,000 major-leaguers, Zunino is followed by only five other players. Only one of them-- perennial trivia answer Dutch Zwilling-- ever had a multi-homer game, and that was in the short-lived Federal League. That makes Zunino the last player (alphabetically) with a multi-homer game in either American or National League history.

• On Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays' James Loney hit a pinch-hit walk-off against the Baltimore Orioles. It was the Rays' only pinch-hit homer (walk-off or not) of the entire season; meanwhile, the Orioles ended up as the only team to not have one. It was the first pinch-hit walk-off surrendered by the Orioles since May 9, 1995, when Wes Chamberlain of the Red Sox hit one off Armando Benitez.

•  On Tuesday it was Jason Giambi's turn to hit one for the Cleveland Indians as they downed the White Sox 5-4. Giambi had three of Cleveland's four pinch-hit homers this year, two of them walk-offs. On July 29 he broke Hank Aaron's mark as the oldest player to hit any walk-off homer.

Well, by September 24 he's just getting older. So at 42 years 259 days, Giambi extended his own record. He now has 11 total pinch-hit homers in his career, more than any other active player (Eric Hinske has nine). And his six pinch-hit walk-off homers are believed to be the most in major-league history; no other active player has more than one!

As for two pinch-hit walk-offs in a season, that hadn't been done since Chris Jones of the Mets in 1995.

• At the other end of the spectrum, Jurickson Profar hit his first walk-off homer for the Texas Rangers on Thursday. At 20 years 218 days, he missed by two weeks becoming the youngest player in the live-ball era to hit a pinch-hit walk-off homer; Hall-of-Famer Jimmie Foxx did it on May 14, 1928 (pinch-hitting for another Hall-of-Famer, Mickey Cochrane).

• The Pittsburgh Pirates clubbed six home runs in Saturday's game against the Reds. That was their most in a game since 2007, and it tied the record for a visiting team at Great American Ball Park. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo allowed the first five, becoming the only pitcher this season to allow five homers in a game. The last hurler to allow that many to the Pirates in one game was Don Sutton, who gave up five solo shots in a 5-4 Dodgers loss on May 7, 1973.

• The Pirates also had a notable home run in Sunday's finale in Cincinnati-- notable because it didn't leave Great American Ball Park. Jordy Mercer hit the season's sixth inside-the-park home run, and the second for Pittsburgh (Pedro Alvarez).

But when Mercer added a triple and a single later in the game, he became the first Pirate since 1985 with three hits including a triple and an inside-the-parker. It was done by Marvell Wynne on June 22 that year against the Astros. The occurrence before that? May 19, 1971, by Roberto Clemente.
The story of the season has been Red Sox domination. It's the difference in the AL East race. With the Yankees traveling to Fenway Park to take on the Red Sox, it's time to break down how the season series has gone so far.

Here are some highlights about the head-to-head series:

• The Yankees will be trying to snap a seven-game losing streak in the series. That’s tied for the third-longest losing streak for the Yankees in the rivalry, behind only a nine-game streak from 2008-09 and a 17-game streak from 1911-12.

• The Yankee starters have struggled, with a 8.18 ERA in the nine games. The losers in the eight losses were mostly the pitchers upon whom they usually rely: Bartolo Colon (twice), CC Sabathia (3 times), Freddy Garcia (twice), A.J. Burnett (once).

• Sabathia is 0-3 with a 6.16 ERA vs the Red Sox this year (he’s 15-2 vs everyone else). In 2010, he was 1-0 with a 3.96 ERA, and in 2009, he was 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA.

• However, the Red Sox pitchers have held them to a .208 batting average with runners in scoring position. In three of the games, they failed to get a hit with runners in scoring position (0-3 on April 10, 0-10 on May 14, 0-7 on June 9), and in another game they got just one hit (1-7 on May 13).

• The Red Sox shut down the Yankee lefties (and when their switch-hitters hit lefty). Red Sox pitchers held Yankees left-handed batters to a .207 BA.

• Yankees were shut out twice in nine games; they have been shut out just three times otherwise.

Notable Yankees mediocrity:

Nick Swisher .188, 8 K
Brett Gardner .167, double and triple
Mark Teixeira .121 (4-33), 11 K, 0 XBH

Notable Red Sox standouts:

Dustin Pedroia: .500 (15-30), 4 doubles, 8 walks
Jacoby Ellsbury .371, 3 SB, 4 doubles
David Ortiz .324, 3 HR, 4 doubles, 9 RBI

• We should note that Pedroia was the AL Player of the Month for July. He led the Majors with 46 hits, the most hits for a Red Sox player during July of any season since 1939, when 3 future Hall of Famers each collected more: Bobby Doerr (52), Ted Williams (48) and Jimmie Foxx (47) (Elias). Pedroia also led Major Leaguers in total bases (81), tied for first in runs (27) and extra-base hits (18), and posted the second-best AVG in the ML at .411 (112 AB).

Derek Jeter: Return to Form?

• Derek Jeter has picked it up after getting his 3,000th hit on July 9. Jeter has four career five-hit games and two of them have come within the last four weeks. His numbers since July 10 are more in line with his career numbers.

The Setup Men: David Robertson and Daniel Bard

• David Robertson has better numbers vs opposite-handed batters (LHB) than same-handed batters (RHB) this year. His .169 BA vs LHB is fourth-best among AL RHP (min. 75 batters faced), while his 43 K vs LHB are the most among RHP relievers.

• He has yet to allow a run on the road in 20 appearances (21 1/3 IP).

• He has yet to allow a HR in 42 1/3 IP (most IP of any AL reliever who hasn’t allowed a HR yet this season).

• Opponents are 1-12 (.083) with 10 K with the bases loaded.

• Daniel Bard has been more effective vs righties this season. His .117 opponent BA vs RHB is the lowest among AL pitchers (min. 75 batters faced).

• Prior to allowing three runs in his last outing on August 1, Bard had made 25 straight scoreless appearances (since May 27), spanning 26 1/3 IP. During the streak, opponents hit .125 vs him, and RHB were 3-40 (.075).

• It was the most consecutive scoreless outings in Red Sox history. It was the longest streak of scoreless IP in a single season by a Red Sox pitcher since Bob Stanley had a 27-inning streak in 1980.

• Yankees are 1-14 (.071) against him this season.

• His opponent BA w/RISP of .133 is fifth-best in AL (min. 50 batters faced).

• He’s pitched on zero days rest 18 times, tied for the most in the AL.

Alex Rodriguez sly like a Foxx

September, 29, 2010
RODRIGUEZWhen Alex Rodriguez went on the DL August 21 with a left calf strain, it seemed like his streak of 30 home runs and 100 RBI seasons would end at 12 straight. Upon his return September 5th, the New York Yankees slugger needed just three RBI to reach 100 RBI, but he had to hit nine HR to reach 30.

That seemed like a daunting task when you consider Rodriguez's track record. The last time he hit at least nine home runs from September 5th through the end of the regular season was in 2002. While with the Texas Rangers, he hit nine HR from that point on to finish the year with a career-high 57 HR.

But Rodriguez would go on a tear down the stretch this season, culminating with Wednesday's home run against the Toronto Blue Jays, which gave him nine since his return from the DL and 30 for the season. He became the first player since RBI became an official statistic in 1920 to have 13 straight seasons with at least 30 HR and 100 RBI, passing Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx.

It's the 14th season in which Rodriguez has hit at least 30 HR, one year shy of Hank Aaron's MLB record in that department. His 13 straight seasons of 30 HR alone is tied with Barry Bonds for the most all-time.

Elsewhere in MLB:

• With three home runs Wednesday, the Blue Jays set a single-season team record for home runs with 247. That total is good for fifth in MLB history. Their 146 home runs at Rogers Centre are the third-most at a home ballpark, trailing only the 2005 Texas Rangers (153) and 1996 Colorado Rockies (149).

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz collected his 1,000th career RBI as a designated hitter. Ortiz is the second player in MLB history to reach the 1,000 RBI mark as a DH, trailing only Edgar Martinez (1,003).

Derek Lowe improved to 5-0 this month with a 5-1 win over the Florida Marlins. Lowe is the first Atlanta Braves pitcher to go 5-0 in September since Dave Jolly in 1954.

Kevin Millwood improved to 4-16 as he helped the Baltimore Orioles shut out the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0. Millwood allowed a season-low one hit against his fastball and the Rays missed his slider 40 percent of the time, the best rate this year for the veteran.

A-Rod passes Sosa

September, 24, 2010
Friday was quite a day in baseball. Let's get you caught up on some of the notable happenings in a busy night around the league...

• The New York Yankees hit six home runs against their rival, the Boston Red Sox -- and LOST! Since 1920 (the dawn of the Live Ball Era) this is the third time the Yankees have hit at least six home runs and lost, but it is the first time it has happened in a home game. It's the fourth time in the Live Ball Era that the Yankees have hit at least six home runs against the Red Sox. It's the first of the four games that the Yanks have lost.

Alex Rodriguez cracked two of the Yankees' homers and now has 610 career HR. The pair of dingers moved him past Sammy Sosa (609 career HR) for sole possession of sixth-place on MLB's all-time HR list.

• Yankees' starter Andy Pettitte was shelled for seven runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 IP. CC Sabathia also allowed seven runs and 10 hits in the Yankees' last game. This marks just the second time in the last 65 years that the Yankees had a starting pitcher allow seven or more runs and 10 or more hits on consecutive days.

Jed Lowrie became the first Red Sox player in history to record four hits, three RBI and three runs scored in a road game against the Yankees.

Some quick hits on other action:

• The San Francisco Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies, 2-1, thanks to a two-run HR by Pat Burrell and eight innings of two-hit, one-run ball from Tim Lincecum. The Giants have now allowed 3 runs or fewer in 18 straight games, which is two games shy of matching the 1917 White Sox' Modern Era record (since 1900). Over this 18-game span, the Giants sport a 1.18 team ERA. However, they own a rather modest 12-6 record thanks to an anemic offense that has offered just 3.6 runs per game of support over this stretch (four of the six losses have come via shutout).

• The Philadelphia Phillies extended their win streak to 11 games with a 3-2 win over the New York Mets. The Phillies' win streak is the longest an MLB team has had in the month of September since the 2007 Rockies also won 11 straight. The win streak is the longest by the Phillies since they had a 13-game streak in 1991 (a Phillies team that won just 78 games). The win gives Philadelphia 93 wins this season, matching their total from last season. If the team wins out, it can match the franchise record for single-season wins (101) set in 1976 and 1977.

• The Tampa Bay Rays picked up their third straight win with a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Rafael Soriano picked up his 44th save of the season, setting a franchise record. Jason Vargas took the loss for the Mariners and has now lost seven straight starts. That is one shy of tying the franchise record shared by Randy Johnson, Mike Parrott and Rick Honeycutt.

• And Toronto Blue Jays' slugger Jose Bautista just keeps on mashing. He hit two more HR to push his MLB-leading season total to 52. He has eight multi-HR games this season after having just two in his career entering the season. His 52 home runs this season are identical to his total in 1,471 minor league at-bats. His 52 HR are 15 more than the next highest total in the American League (37 by Paul Konerko). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only three players in American League history have posted a larger advantage over the second-place HR hitter in that particular year: Babe Ruth (six times), Jimmie Foxx and Mickey Mantle.

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols ripped his 30th home run of the season on Sunday, the 10th straight year he's hit at least 30. Pujols extended his already obscene major league record for most consecutive seasons with 30+ home runs to start a career.

He's one of only seven players in major league history to hit 30+ home runs in his first season, and he and Ryan Braun are the only two of those seven to immediately follow that with another 30-homer season. Braun, in his fourth year, has hit at least 30 in each of his first three seasons and has 16 so far in 2010.

1st Pitch: Bronx bases loaded bonanza

July, 7, 2010
Quick Hits: Alex Rodriguez smacked his third grand slam of the season on Tuesday. It’s the fourth time he’s had multiple grand slams in a season, a feat only Jimmie Foxx can match according to the Elias Sports Bureau. With 21 in his career, A-Rod is tied with Manny Ramirez for second all-time behind Lou Gehrig (23). Let’s take a look at how others have fared with the bases loaded.
  • According to Elias, the Yankees’ nine grand slams before the All-Star break are a record. Three teams had eight slams before the break: the 2000 A’s, 2005 Red Sox and 2006 Indians.
  • Already, those nine grand slams are tied for the second-most in Yankees history.
  • With 123 RBI with the bases loaded, the Yankees already have more than 16 teams had all of last season. They are on pace for 240. Over the last 35 years, the only team with 200 bases loaded RBI in a season was the 2000 A’s with 203.
  • The Yankees are also hitting .422 with the bases loaded. Over the last 35 years, the highest bases-loaded batting average belonged to the 1976 Phillies (.410), according to STATS LLC.
  • Mark Reynolds has averaged about one home run per 16 at-bats in his career, but he is homerless in 46 bases-loaded at-bats with 21 strikeouts.
  • David Ross is just 1-for-3 this season with the bases loaded, but has managed seven RBI. Confused? Ross also has three walks and a hit by pitch with the bases full. In fact, three of his 12 walks this season have been with the bases loaded.
  • Torii Hunter is a perfect 6-for-6 with the bases full, leading to 14 of his 60 RBI on the season.
  • Hunter faces Freddy Garcia tonight. He has never allowed a grand slam to the 109 batters that he’s faced with the bases loaded, most of any active pitcher.
  • Half of Francisco Cervelli’s 30 RBI have come with the bases loaded.
  • B.J. Upton is 0-for-10 with the bases loaded this season after hitting .429 last season.
  • Ivan Rodriguez has grounded into a MLB-most four double plays with the bases loaded.
Today’s Trivia: Among active players, who has the most career home runs without a grand slam?

Today’s Leaderboad: The Rockies are hitting just .200 with the bases loaded this season, and join the Mets, Blue Jays and A’s as the only teams without a grand slam. In fact, the Rockies have one more bases-loaded strikeout than the Yankees, despite 42 fewer plate appearances.

Key Matchups: Tim Lincecum and Ryan Braun debuted within three weeks of each other in May 2007, and they’ve faced one another each year since. Braun has owned the matchup between the two phenoms, having hit .462 with a pair of home runs in 13 at-bats. In fact, Braun’s seven RBI are the most of anyone against Lincecum, despite the fact that the Giants’ ace has faced 49 batters on more occasions.

Torii Hunter hasn’t faced Freddy Garcia since 2006, but he sure would like to pick up where he left off. In 2006, Hunter went 7-for-12 with three home runs against Garcia. Overall, he’s a .400 hitter with four long balls. Estaban Loaiza (5) is the only pitcher he has taken deep more often.

Trivia Answer: Orlando Cabrera has yet to hit a grand slam in a career that has included 117 home runs. His 168 plate appearances with the bases loaded are also the most for any active player without a grand slam.

1st Pitch: Ethier most clutch HR hitter ever?

May, 7, 2010
Today’s Trivia: Today is the anniversary of Herb Score getting hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of the Yankees’ Gil McDougald, effectively ending his promising young career. Two years prior, Score set a rookie record with 245 strikeouts which has since been topped only by Dwight Gooden. Since Score’s 1955 season only Gooden and two other rookies have eclipsed the 225 strikeout plateau. Can you name them?

Quick Hits: Andre Ethier hit his sixth career walk-off home run on Thursday, all of which have come in the last three seasons. Here’s a few notes to put that into perspective:

* It was the first Dodgers walk-off grand slam since Russell Martin on April 21, 2007 against the Pirates
* He’s just the sixth player in baseball history with six walk-off homers in a three-year span. Roy Sievers and Jimmie Foxx are the only ones with seven
* He now trails only Duke Snider and Gil Hodges for the most walk-off home runs in Dodgers history. Snider and Hodges each hit seven
* Ethier is 2-2 with two grand slams with the bases loaded this season
* Over the past three seasons Ethier has a .452 OBP with the bases loaded

Today’s Leaderboard: Kelly Johnson went deep for the 10th time on Thursday, and once again his home run came against a fastball. Eight of his 10 homers have been off of fastballs, and he currently leads the majors with a .847 slugging percentage against the fastball.

Key Matchups: Josh Hamilton is batting .400 with two HR and six RBI during his current six-game hit streak, but he’ll have a hard time keeping that streak alive tonight. Hamilton is 0-13 in his career against Zack Greinke with seven strikeouts. All seven strikeouts have been of the swinging variety.

Expect Jim Thome to be in the Twins lineup when they take on Kevin Millwood tonight. In his career against Millwood Thome is hitting .625 with three home runs in just eight at bats. He’s also walked four times.

Trivia Answer: Hideo Nomo (236 in 1995) and Kerry Wood (233 in 1998). The closest any rookie has come since Wood was Daisuke Matsuzaka with 201 strikeouts in 2007.