Stats report: Craig Kimbrel sets the Braves “saves” record

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1) Yesterday, Braves P Craig Kimbrel set the team record with 155 career “saves”, breaking the record held by John Smoltz and also broke Smoltz’s team record vs. the league average. (Complete Baseball Encyclopedia) Kimbrel is 2nd in Braves history for most career SO above the league average. (Complete Baseball Encyclopedia)

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9   WHIP   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2012 24   21   1.01   63   0   62.2  116 16.66   0.65   3   1  42   4   0  Braves       
2013 25   18   1.21   68   0   67     98 13.16   0.88   4   3  50   6   1  Braves       
2014 26    5   1.66   23   0   21.2   38 15.78   0.97   0   1  16   1   0  Braves       
CAREER    66   1.41  254   0  249    419 15.14   0.91  15   8 155  20   3  
LG AVG     0   3.83           249    208  7.50   1.30  14  14 

MOST CAREER "SAVES", BRAVES

1    Craig Kimbrel               155   
2    John Smoltz                 154   
3    Gene Garber                 141   
4    Mark Wohlers                112   
5    John Rocker                  83   
6    Cecil Upshaw                 78   
7    Rick Camp                    57   
8    Mike Stanton                 55   
9    Don McMahon                  50   
T10  Greg McMichael               44   
T10  Kerry Ligtenberg             44   

MOST CAREER "SAVES" ABOVE THE LEAGUE AVERAGE, BRAVES

SAVES                           DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Craig Kimbrel               100      155       55   
2    John Smoltz                  99      154       55   
3    Mark Wohlers                 48      112       64   
4    John Rocker                  45       83       38   
T5   Cecil Upshaw                 34       78       44   
T5   Gene Garber                  34      141      107   
T7   Billy Wagner                 21       37       16   
T7   Mike Stanton                 21       55       34   
9    Bob Wickman                  20       38       18   
10   Rafael Soriano               17       39       22   

MOST CAREER STRIKEOUTS ABOVE THE LEAGUE AVERAGE, BRAVES

STRIKEOUTS                      DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    John Smoltz                 596     3011     2415   
2    Craig Kimbrel               211      419      208   
3    Mark Wohlers                159      437      278   
4    Denny Lemaster              146      842      696   
5    Vic Willis                  145      881      736   
6    Phil Niekro                 140     2912     2772   
7    Steve Bedrosian             126      559      433   
8    Lefty Tyler                 120      827      707   
9    John Rocker                 112      259      147   
10   Juan Pizarro                108      366      258   

2) Yesterday, A’s P Sean Doolittle struck out the side in the bottom of the 11th to raise his season totals to 42 SO, 1 BB. Doolittle is the 1st pitcher in MLB history to reach 40 SO with 1 or less BB. (Elias) Doolittle ranks 8th in A’s history for career SO above the league average, for a pitcher who never made a start for the team. (Complete Baseball Encyclopedia)

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9   WHIP   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2012 25    4   3.04   44   0   47.1   60 11.41   1.08   2   1   1   2   1  A's          
2013 26    5   3.13   70   0   69     60  7.83   0.96   5   5   2   6   4  A's          
2014 27    4   2.48   28   0   29     42 13.03   0.69   1   2   8   2   1  A's          
CAREER    13   2.97  142   0  145.1  162 10.03   0.94   8   8  11  10   6  
LG AVG     0   4.02           145.1  122  7.58   1.31   8   8 

MOST CAREER STRIKEOUTS ABOVE THE LEAGUE AVERAGE, A'S, 0 STARTS

STRIKEOUTS                      DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE     GS     
1    Huston Street                78      271      193        0   
2    Billy Taylor                 70      277      207        0   
3    Michael Wuertz               58      174      116        0   
4    Jim Mecir                    49      225      176        0   
5    Kiko Calero                  44      157      113        0   
T6   Octavio Dotel                41       88       47        0   
T6   Andrew Bailey                41      174      133        0   
T8   Grant Balfour                40      203      163        0   
T8   Sean Doolittle               40      162      122        0   
10   Bill Caudill                 37       97       60        0   

3) The Tigers have been in 1st place every day of the season. This is the 1st time since the 1984 World Championship season in which the Tigers have had that distinction this late in the season (1984 team won the division wire to wire). (Tigers team notes)

4) Yesterday, the Giants became the 1st team in MLB to reach 40 wins this year and did so on June 6. Last year, they didn’t reach 40 wins until July 6. (Giants team notes) The Giants have led the majors in wins twice since they moved to San Francisco. (Complete Baseball Encyclopedia)

GIANTS TEAMS WHO LED THE MAJORS IN WINS, SINCE MOVING TO SAN FRANCISCO

1962--Giants                      103   
2000--Giants                       97   
2014--Giants                       40   

5) Yesterday, the Mets team record tying 5 game road winning streak against the Giants ended (3rd time they did it). (ESPN Stats & Information)

6) Yesterday, Angels P Jered Weaver passed 1300 career SO. Weaver had lead the Angels in SO 3 consecutive years, including a league leading season in 2010. (Complete Baseball Encyclopedia)

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9   WHIP   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2012 29   19   2.81   30  30  188.2  142  6.77   1.02  20   5   0  16   9  Angels       
2013 30   12   3.27   24  24  154.1  117  6.82   1.14  11   8   0  11   8  Angels       
2014 31    6   3.31   13  13   84.1   66  7.04   1.15   7   4   0   6   5  Angels       
CAREER   151   3.24  244 244 1559   1302  7.52   1.14 120  64   0 112  72  
LG AVG     0   4.24          1559   1209  6.98   1.36  88  86 

ANGELS SINGLE SEASON STRIKEOUT LEADERS

2009--Jered Weaver                174   
2010--JERED WEAVER                233   
2011--Jered Weaver                198   

All capital letters indicate the league leader.

7) Yesterday, the Rays ended a 10 game losing streak. It was the team’s longest losing streak since 2009 (11 games) and the 8th 10+ game losing streak in team history. (Rays team notes)

8) Yesterday was the 2nd consecutive day the Rays spent with sole possession of the worst record in baseball. Since changing their name, the team only spent 1 single day with that distinction (end of the day of April 10, 2011, 1-8 record). (Rays team notes) The Rays have led, or tied, for the MLB lead in losses 4 previous times in team history. (Complete Baseball Encyclopedia)

RAYS TEAMS THAT LED MLB IN LOSSES

2001--Rays                        100   
2002--Rays                        106   
2006--Rays                        101   
2007--Rays                         96   
2014--Rays                         38   

(2001--tied with Pirates; 2002--tied with Tigers & Brewers)

9) Yesterday, Rangers SS Elvis Andrus extended his career long hitting streak against the Indians to 38 games, which is the 2nd longest hit streak against a particular opponent, to start a player’s career in MLB history (since 1900), behind Vladimir Guerrero (44, vs. Rangers, 2004-06). (Elias) Andrus is 4th in Rangers history for most career hits by a player with a negative career RCAA and should move up to 2nd this year. (Complete Baseball Encyclopedia)

YEAR  AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2012   23   -7   -8    1  .349  .378  .727  .457   4.54  .286   3   62   21  158  Rangers      
2013   24  -15  -12   -3  .328  .331  .659  .429   3.83  .271   4   67   42  156  Rangers      
2014   25    5   -8   13  .310  .346  .656  .369   3.34  .256   2   15   14   60  Rangers      
CAREER     -52  -77   25  .337  .348  .685  .417   4.14  .273  20  279  179  817  
LG AVG       0    0    0  .325  .411  .736  .500   4.64  .259  97  398   61 

MOST CAREER HITS, SENATORS/RANGERS, NEGATIVE CAREER RCAA

HITS                             H      RCAA    
1    Jim Sundberg               1180      -71   
2    Hank Blalock                943      -12   
3    Ed Brinkman                 868     -184   
4    Elvis Andrus                856      -77   
5    Bump Wills                  693      -11   
6    Steve Buechele              654      -58   
7    Mark McLemore               632      -68   
T8   Scott Fletcher              545      -15   
T8   Lenny Randle                545      -48   
10   Del Unser                   543       -7   

10) Yesterday, the Cardinals turned their 1st triple play since 2005 (5/5, vs. Padres) and it was the 1st triple play the Blue Jays hit into since 2008 (5/12, vs. Indians (ESPN Stats & Information)

11) The Orioles had a chance to overtake the A’s in their all time series (since the A’s moved to Oakland) if they had swept their 3 game series. The A’s won yesterday, to take a 252-250 lead. (Orioles team notes)

12) The A’s had their best record after 60 games (37-23, prior to yesterday’s game) since the 1990 American League Champions team (40-20). (A’s team notes)

13) Yesterday, the Padres became the 1st team in MLB history to have 50+ SO (53) and 15 or less hits in a 5 game span (hitting). (Elias) The Padres are on pace for 159 hits below the league average, which would rank 3rd worst in team history and would rank as the 4th worst figure in the NL since the Padres joined the league in 1969. (Complete Baseball Encyclopedia)

MOST HITS BELOW THE LEAGUE AVERAGE, SINGLE SEASON, PADRES

HITS                          YEAR     DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Padres                   1974     -180     1239     1419   
2    Padres                   1969     -173     1203     1376   
3    Padres                   1972     -146     1181     1327   
4    Padres                   1979     -143     1316     1459   
5    Padres                   1971     -134     1250     1384   
6    Padres                   2009     -117     1315     1432   
7    Padres                   1999     -115     1360     1475   
8    Padres                   1975     -113     1324     1437   
9    Padres                   2011     -109     1284     1393   
10   Padres                   2007     -103     1408     1511   

MOST HITS BELOW THE LEAGUE AVERAGE, SINGLE SEASON, NATIONAL LEAGUE, SINCE 1969

HITS                          YEAR     DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Padres                   1974     -180     1239     1419   
2    Padres                   1969     -173     1203     1376   
3    Mets                     1972     -168     1154     1322   
4    Expos                    1970     -155     1284     1439   
5    Phillies                 1970     -151     1299     1450   
6    Brewers                  2000     -149     1366     1515   
T7   Mets                     1974     -146     1286     1432   
T7   Padres                   1972     -146     1181     1327   
9    Marlins                  2013     -144     1257     1401   
10   Padres                   1979     -143     1316     1459   

14) Yesterday, Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler and RF Torii Hunter hit back to back HR in the 5th inning, which was the 1st time the Tigers got back to back HR from their leadoff & #2 hitters since 2004 (Omar Infante, Bobby Higginson, 9/28). (Elias)

KINSLER
YEAR  AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2012   30   -5   -5    0  .326  .423  .749  .474   4.71  .256  19   72   21  157  Rangers      
2013   31   30   10   20  .344  .413  .757  .563   5.14  .277  13   72   15  136  Rangers      
2014   32    1    2   -1  .329  .463  .792  .523   5.07  .300   6   27    6   56  Tigers       
CAREER     181   72  109  .348  .455  .803  .548   5.66  .274 162  566  178 1122  
LG AVG       0    0    0  .329  .417  .746  .500   4.78  .263 134  566   81 

HUNTER
YEAR  AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2012   36   30   27    3  .365  .451  .817  .664   6.00  .313  16   92    9  140  Angels       
2013   37    3   11   -8  .334  .465  .800  .561   5.54  .304  17   84    3  144  Tigers       
2014   38  -13   -3  -10  .295  .460  .755  .454   4.35  .270   9   31    1   51  Tigers       
CAREER      97   61   36  .334  .466  .800  .523   5.17  .278 323 1258  190 2142  
LG AVG       0    0    0  .333  .423  .756  .500   4.93  .266 247 1045  141 

15) Yesterday, Brewers P Kyle Lohse pitched in his 400th career game. Lohse ranks 5th among active pitchers in career games by those with a negative career RSAA and 5th among active pitchers in games with a career ERA worse than the league average. (Complete Baseball Encyclopedia)

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9   WHIP   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2012 33   25   2.86   33  33  211    143  6.10   1.09  16   3   0  12   7  Cardinals    
2013 34   13   3.35   32  32  198.2  125  5.66   1.17  11  10   0  12   9  Brewers      
2014 35    3   3.27   13  13   88     66  6.75   1.06   7   2   0   5   4  Brewers      
CAREER   -15   4.31  400 376 2259.2 1429  5.69   1.34 136 121   0 128 129  
LG AVG     0   4.24          2259.2 1723  6.86   1.36 126 127 

GAMES                            G      RSAA    
1    Jamey Wright                683      -25   Rockies/Brewers/Cardinals/Royals/Rockies/Giants/Rangers/Royals/Indians/Mariners/Dodgers/Rays/Dodgers
2    Shawn Camp                  541       -8   Royals/Rays/Blue Jays/Cubs/Phillies
3    Boone Logan                 441       -3   White Sox/Braves/Yankees/Rockies
4    Edward Mujica               404       -4   Indians/Padres/Marlins/Cardinals/Red Sox
5    Kyle Lohse                  400      -15   Twins/Reds/Phillies/Cardinals/Brewers
6    Bruce Chen                  389      -40   Braves/Phillies/Mets/Expos/Reds/Astros/Red Sox/Orioles/Rangers/Royals
7    Matt Albers                 364       -4   Astros/Orioles/Red Sox/Diamondbacks/Indians/Astros
8    Carlos Villanueva           362      -14   Brewers/Blue Jays/Cubs
9    Phil Coke                   339       -5   Yankees/Tigers
10   Aaron Harang                337       -6   A's/Reds/Padres/Dodgers/Mariners/Mets/Braves

GAMES                            G       ERA      ERA VS LG
1    Jamey Wright                683     4.79     -.49   Rockies/Brewers/Cardinals/Royals/Rockies/Giants/Rangers/Royals/Indians/Mariners/Dodgers/Rays/Dodgers
2    Shawn Camp                  541     4.41     -.10   Royals/Rays/Blue Jays/Cubs/Phillies
3    Matt Belisle                482     4.40     -.27   Reds/Rockies
4    Boone Logan                 441     4.46     -.26   White Sox/Braves/Yankees/Rockies
5    Kyle Lohse                  400     4.31     -.07   Twins/Reds/Phillies/Cardinals/Brewers
6    Bruce Chen                  389     4.53     -.24   Braves/Phillies/Mets/Expos/Reds/Astros/Red Sox/Orioles/Rangers/Royals
7    Matt Albers                 364     4.42     -.18   Astros/Orioles/Red Sox/Diamondbacks/Indians/Astros
8    Carlos Villanueva           362     4.35     -.22   Brewers/Blue Jays/Cubs
9    Phil Coke                   339     4.33     -.17   Yankees/Tigers
10   Aaron Harang                337     4.24     -.04   A's/Reds/Padres/Dodgers/Mariners/Mets/Braves

16) On Tuesday-Wednesday, the Diamondbacks set a team record with 40 hits over a 2 game span and their 28 runs tied the team record (vs. Brewers, Sept. 26-27, 2001; vs. Rockies, Sept. 28-29, 2001). The Diamondbacks became the 1st team with 40+ hits over 2 games since 2003 (Cubs, July 20-21, 2003, 41). (Diamondbacks team notes)

17) On Thursday, Marlins DH Justin Bour and C J.T. Realmuto became the 1st set of teammates to get their 1st MLB hits in consecutive plate appearances since 2006 (Joe Inglett, Ryan Garko, 7/1, Indians). (Marlins team notes)

BOUR
YEAR  AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2014   26    0    0    0  .333  .333  .667  .648   6.75  .333   0    2    0    2  Marlins      
CAREER       0    0    0  .333  .333  .667  .648   6.75  .333   0    2    0    2  
LG AVG       0    0    0  .321  .402  .723  .500   4.52  .255   0    1    0 

REALMUTO
YEAR  AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2014   23   -1    0   -1  .400  .400  .800  .760   9.00  .400   0    3    0    2  Marlins      
CAREER      -1    0   -1  .400  .400  .800  .760   9.00  .400   0    3    0    2  
LG AVG       0    0    0  .321  .402  .723  .500   4.52  .255   0    0    0 

18) On Wednesday, the Padres beat the Pirates, 3-2, with their only hit being a bunt single by SS Everth Cabrera. It was just the 2nd times, since 1969, that a team won a game in which their only hit was a bunt (Padres, 2-1 over Cubs, 7/19/75). (Padres team notes)

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