Sunday MLB Nine to Notes: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/17/16

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of January 17, 2016 Ken Griffey, Jr. hit 55 homers against the Twins, the most of any opponent, and he even hit three against the team whose cap he’ll be wearing, the Seattle Mariners. Nelson Cruz hit twice as many homers (44) as doubles (22) in 2015. […]

Sunday MLB Nine to Notes: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/10/16

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/10/16 Last season, Boston’s Rusney Castillo banged into 11 double plays in 55 opportunities; over the last three seasons, Colby Rasmus has hit into 11 DPs in 250 opportunities. In 2014, Salvador Perez hit .260 with 70 RBI and one stolen base. In 2015, Perez hit […]

Sunday MLB Nine to Notes: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/3/16

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/3/16 In 2014, Ben Revere hit .306 with seven triples and two homers. In 2015, Revere hit .306 with seven triples and two homers.* The highest foul ball percentages last season were recorded by the Indians and the Red Sox at 39.3%. Eddie Rosario led the […]

In 2015, there were the fewest complete games ever

There were 104 complete games thrown in 2015, the fewest ever thrown. Is it any wonder that there is so much interest in bullpen pitchers this Hot Stove season? The last season in which at least 300 complete games were thrown was 1998 when there were 302. Here are the 21 seasons with the fewest […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: December 27, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 12/27/15 Zack Greinke was the only starter (min. 30 starts) in 2015 who did not allow a homer leading off any inning; Greinke faced 226 batters leading off an inning. Through his age 25 seasons, Starlin Castro has 991 hits and 62 homers. Through his age […]

Sunday MLB Nine to Notes of December 20, 2015 (updated)

Nine to Know from the Bill Chuck Files…12/20/15 In 2015, Dallas Keuchel faced 66 batters after he reached pitch #101, Jake Arrieta and Jose Quintana each faced 63, and Corey Kluber faced 62 and none of them allowed a homer.* Over the last 10 seasons, including the last two, seven times the fielding pct. in […]

Sunday MLB Nine to Notes of December 13, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files – 12/13/15 Chris Davis and Chris Carter must hate Mondays – they each walked nine times and struck out 26 times; Davis hit .193 on Mondays in 2015, while Carter just .096. In 2015, Dallas Keuchel had 25 PA with the bases loaded, the most of any […]

How about a little CK for the holidays?

Here’s a great product placement for CK cologne, don’t you think? And, don’t you think it would be nice if the folks at Calvin Klein should reward my generosity with a nice gift pack of CK? While they ponder that, have you noticed that three of the best pitchers in baseball have the initials “CK”? […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: December 6, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files – 12/6/15 Dallas Keuchel and Jeff Samardzija led the majors each with 257 AB for batters the third time through the lineup in a start. Batters hit .268 against Samardzija but only .210 against Keuchel. In the 2013-14 seasons, Jordan Zimmermann faced a total of 16 batters […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: Free Agent edition – 11/15/15

Nine to Know: Free Agents – From the Bill Chuck Files – November 15, 2015 Jose Altuve and Yoenis Cespedes each walked just 33 times in 2015; Altuve struck out 67 times, Cespedes 141 times. John Lackey has one of the best cutters in baseball; in 2015, his 37.4% K rate was second only to […]