Saturday, July 13, 2013

13 Stats I Can't Believe

  1. The Seattle Mariners rank third among AL teams in home runs. For that, they can thank Raul Ibanez (more to come on that tomorrow)
  2. The Red Sox have already set a franchise record for most wins before the All-Star break (58 and counting). They own the best record in baseball and are on pace for 99 wins
  3. John Lackey has a 2.78 ERA for said Red Sox, but only a 7-6 record to show for it
  4. With 39 doubles, Manny Machado is on pace to tie Earl Webb's single season record for two-baggers, set all the way back in 1931
  5. R.A. Dickey leads the major leagues in earned runs
  6. Miguel Cabrera has 30 home runs but is not leading the American League (thanks to Chris Davis)
  7. The reigning World Series champs are eight games below .500 
  8. The Braves lead the NL East despite getting a whole lot of nothing from B.J. Upton and Jason Heyward
  9. Joey Votto, possibly the best pure hitter in baseball, has only 41 RBI (putting him on pace for 76). I know RBI is an overrated/context dependent stat, but it still blows my mind
  10. Shin-Soo Choo has been hit by 20 pitches. Ouch
  11. Adam Wainwright has issued just 14 walks in over 140 innings of work. Talk about a control freak!
  12. Justin Verlander's 3.71 ERA and 1.39 WHIP seem way too high for a pitcher of his caliber
  13. Starlin Castro, pegged as a future batting champ by many, is batting a paltry .241

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