Sunday, September 15, 2013

Some Surprising Stats

A few things that jumped out at me from my stroll through Saturday's box scores:
  • A lot has gone wrong for the Blue Jays this year, but one of the few things that hasn't is Colby Rasmus. He has 20 home runs and an .828 OPS despite spending over a month on the Disabled List
  • Everyone loves talking about Chris Davis's home run figures, RBI totals and whether or not he can catch Roger Maris. I'm more impressed by two things: that he's hitting close to .300 (.258 hitter coming into the season) and that he has 41 doubles (previous career-high was 23). He could finish the year with more than 100 extra base hits, which hasn't been done since 2001 and was achieved by just one man--Stan Musial--between World War II and the beginning of the steroid era
  • B.J. Upton is still batting below .200. It's hard for me to believe a player of his talents has struggled so much for so long, but his batting average hasn't been above the Mendoza line at any point this year. I can't help but wonder what the future holds for him.
  • Not sure what's more surprising: that the Giants scored 19 runs or that they destroyed Ricky Nolasco, who's having what's easily the finest season of his career
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka, now with the New York Mets, earned his first win of 2013. That makes 18 wins for him since 2008, the year he won 18 games and finished fourth in the AL Cy Young race (won by Cliff Lee). His ERA in the years since: 5.58.

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