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Homer Bailey twirls at no-no over the defending champs, the Cardinals finally get a sweep at home, Brian McCann breaks out, Mike Trout keeps doing his thing and maybe the Marlins aren’t so bad after all. These notable numbers and more amazing MLB stats from the week of July 1-7.
.021 Batting average for Giants hitters off Homer Bailey in last two starts
It began with a seven-inning, one-hit outing in the playoffs last season. Then Bailey followed that with a no-hitter in his next appearance against the defending champs. Over his last two starts vs. the Giants, San Francisco batters are 1-for-47 with two walks against the righthander.
1 3-Game Sweep at Home for St. Louis
When the Cardinals finished off the Marlins on Sunday afternoon, it marked the first time this season that the Redbirds had swept a three-game series at home.
4.5 Largest Division Lead
The Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks are 4.5 games up in their divisions — the largest leads as of Sunday. Heading into the All-Star break next week, all six divisions are still very much in doubt. As many as 14 teams are within five games of leading their divisions.
.600 Brian McCann’s batting average last week
The Braves have been waiting for their catcher to break out this season, and last week he did just that. Batting an even .600 for the week, McCann raised his average from .250 to .304. He has multiple hits in his last four games.
20 Runs scored by Baltimore in last seven games
The Baltimore offense leads the majors with 121 home runs, but they couldn’t muster many runs last week. They scored four runs in three games, winning two of them. They tallied just two runs in four games, winning one. One of those two-run wins came courtesy of a two-run, ninth-inning home run by Adam Jones off future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera.
16-11 Marlins record since June 8
The lowly Miami Marlins have gotten decent pitching for most of the season. And recently, the lineup has begun to respond with some run support. Beginning June 8, the Marlins are 16-11, good enough for third-best in the National League during that time. However, the Fish still have the worst overall record in the league.
50 Career home runs for Mike Trout of the Angels
With 73 stolen bases in his young career, Trout has accumulated 50 homers and 50 steals in fewer career games than anyone in history. He has done it in just 266 games.
71-10 Texas Rangers’ record in games in which Adrian Beltre homers
The slugging third baseman has 86 home runs since joining the Rangers in 2011, and when he goes deep, good things usually happen for Texas.
55-22 Jered Weaver’s record at Angel Stadium in his career
That mark is the highest winning percentage at the ballpark of any pitcher in history with 60 or more decisions.
3 Players among the 10 highest-paid in baseball who were named All-Stars
That is based on the 10 highest average annual value contracts. Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee are the three players.
1.64 Jeremy Hefner’s ERA since June 4
According to ESPN Stats, the Mets’ righthander has the lowest mark in the majors during that time. He joins Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler to provide fans in New York some hope for the future.
9 Losses to the Baltimore Orioles by the great Mariano Rivera
On Sunday, Rivera gave up a ninth-inning homer to Adam Jones of the Orioles for his second blown save this season. His ninth loss to Baltimore represents the most losses to any team in his career. However, the all-time leader in saves also has 76 saves vs. the Orioles, 13 more than any other team.