Each week, Athlon Sports highlights the most important, intriguing and bizarre stats in baseball.
Last season much was made of the one-run magic that took up residence in Baltimore (29-9) and stayed all season. But Cleveland had a little magic of its own with a 24-12 record in one-run affairs. It appears that this magic has put down deeper roots in Cleveland. This season, the Indians continue to play well in close games with an 11-4 mark in one-run games, making them the best in the majors.
5-0 Indians’ mark in extra-inning games
Cleveland remains the last undefeated team in extra frames this season.
+4 Run total difference between Oakland and Texas
Even after a doubleheader for Texas on Memorial Day, the A’s had outscored the Rangers through the first 51 games. It seems that a lineup that starts with Coco Crisp and features some combination of Jed Lowrie, Seth Smith, Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Moss and Josh Donaldson in the middle is a tad better than Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus, Lance Berkman, Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz.
14 Wins by Matt Moore and Alex Cobb
The two young studs for Tampa Bay have the most wins this season of any pitching combination in the big leagues.
34 Quality Starts by Philadelphia
Perhaps this item should be in the Meaningless Stats column. The Phillies’ starters have logged the most Quality Starts in baseball this season as defined by MLB. However, the rotation carries a 4.18 ERA (16th in MLB), has only 16 wins (tied for 19th) and opponents are batting .251 (14th). So maybe it’s time to redefine Quality Start.
10-5, 2.43 W-L record and ERA for Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma
When the two hurlers take the mound for the Mariners, good things seem to follow. When others start for Seattle, very little good happens. The rest of the rotation is a combined 6-17, 6.78.
6-33 Houston record when scoring less than six runs
Okay, we know the Astros aren’t very good. In fact, they are really bad. But the pitchers are giving the team no chance to win. Asking the lineup to produce six runs every night is a bit much. And when the offense is missing — as is the case most nights — losing happens.
1 Series win at Tampa Bay for the Yankees in last 10 visits
When the Yankees rallied for two ninth-inning runs and subsequently won in 11 innings on a Lyle Overbay home run last Saturday, it marked the first time in 10 tries that New York has won a series at Tampa Bay.
.500 Prince Fielder’s batting average after an intentional walk to Miguel Cabrera
How tempting is it to intentionally pass Miguel Cabrera, the best hitter in the game? And how important is it for Miggy to have protection in the Detroit lineup? Since joining the Tigers last season, Prince Fielder is batting .500 (8-for-16) with 11 RBIs following an intentional walk to Cabrera.
.667 Pirates’ winning percentage in May
The Pittsburgh Pirates ended Memorial Day with a 16-8 record in May, the third-best in all of baseball. It just so happens, it’s also the third-best in the NL Central, which means that Pittsburgh has lost ground to both St. Louis and Cincinnati this month. #ToughDivision
10-0 Diamondbacks’ record when Patrick Corbin starts
Last week the young lefthander won both of his starts, defeating division rivals Colorado and San Diego. Corbin went the distance against the Rockies allowing just three hits and a walk. He is now 8-0 with a 1.71 ERA on the season and the Diamondbacks have won all 10 of his starts.
57 RBIs for Miguel Cabrera
Miggy has driven home 57 runs in his first 48 games. The only player with more than 162 RBIs in a 162-game season is Manny Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians in 1999.
.000 Lefthanders’ batting average against Francisco Liriano
Through his first three starts of the season, left-handed batters are 0-for-12 off Liriano, who began the season with five rehab starts in the minor leagues.
13 Consecutive wins by the St. Louis Cardinals on May 21
The last time the Redbirds lost on that date was in 1998. In that game, Philadelphia manager Terry Francona called on current Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro to pinch-hit.
5 Consecutive road games in which the Orioles’ Manny Machado had three hits
The young third baseman is batting .363 in 27 games away from home this season.