Happy Memorial Day, everyone!
While you’re gathered with your families for the holiday, what better to entertain a crowd than a long list of baseball statistics! These outstanding feats in Chicago baseball are perfect to rattle off in between trips to the grill (or refrigerator)! So without further ado…
Catch Him if you Can
There have been 14 triples hit by catchers this season (through Sunday). 28.6 percent of them (four) have come off the bat of Willson Contreras.
Contreras is the first Cubs catcher with four triples before the All-Star break since Hall of Famer Gabby Hartnett in 1936.
When Yolmer Sánchez isn’t dousing the field with Gatorade, he’s running wild on the bases.
Sánchez hit his fifth triple (which is tied for the Major League lead with Javier Báez) on Sunday, and over the last year’s worth of games, he’s at the top of the list.
Most triples, last 365 days (May 28, 2017 – May 27, 2018):
José Abreu enters Monday tied for the MLB lead with 19 doubles this season. He hit numbers 18 and 19 on Saturday, the team's 49th game this season. 19 doubles through 49 team games in a season is the best by a White Sox player since the legendary Zeke “Banana Nose” Bonura in 1937 (also 19).
Sánchez (five triples) and Abreu (19 doubles) give the White Sox players tied for the MLB lead in each category.
The last time a team had the Major League leader in doubles and triples (or at least a share for the MLB lead) was 2007, when Curtis Granderson (23 triples) and Magglio Ordoñez (54 doubles) led the Majors in those categories for the Detroit Tigers.
A Contrast in Style
The Cubs mixed it up last Friday against the Giants at Wrigley Field. Consider this:
First batter of game: Gorkys Hernández facing Kyle Hendricks: 86.1 MPH 4-seam Fastball, 86.4 MPH Sinker, 87.1 MPH Sinker (three-pitch strikeout)
Last batter of game: Mac Williamson facing Brandon Morrow: 100.1 MPH Sinker, 99.8 MPH Sinker, 99.7 MPH Sinker (three-pitch strikeout)
The 10/10 club
Entering Monday, there are three players with double-digit totals in both home runs and stolen bases.
Mookie Betts, Mike Trout… and Tim Anderson!
Anderson reached the 10 home run/10 stolen base plateau in team game number 49 this season, the quickest Sox player to do so since Alex Ríos in 2010 (team game 48).
Anderson’s ninth and 10th home runs of the season came Saturday at Detroit. He now has three multi-home run games this season – at three AL Central ballparks (Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City opening day March 29, Guaranteed Rate Field May 5, and Comerica Park in Detroit May 26).
Anderson is one of only two shortstops in White Sox history with multiple multi-home run games in a season.
Most multi-home run games in a season by a White Sox shortstop:
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The 1/1 club
Last Wednesday, José Rondón and Adam Engel both hit a home run and stole a base. It was only the 13th time since 1908 that a pair of White Sox players homered and stole a base in the same game. It was the first time since exactly two years earlier (May 23, 2016) when Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie did it.
The Will to Not Walk
Javier Báez is the first Cubs player to hit five triples and 10 home runs before the All-Star break since Corey Patterson in 2004.
And through Monday’s game, there are still 43 games to go before we reach the All-Star break.
The last time Báez drew a walk was April 11.
From April 12 through May 27, 468 players (including Cubs reliever Randy Rosario, who walked in his first Major League plate appearance on Sunday) have drawn at least one walk. But not Báez.
Mike Trout has drawn 39 walks over that same span.
Báez from April 12 to May 27: .275/.277/.542, no walks, 33 strikeouts
Oh yeah… that walk Báez took on April 11? It was intentional. His last unintentional walk was April 7.
Why walk when you can run, I guess...