By the numbers — the oddest ones


There’s less than three weeks to go. Here’s a team-by-team look at some of the most peculiar numbers of 2016 (stats through Sunday’s games):

  • Boston: Catcher Sandy Leon, who has a .238 lifetime minor-league average, is batting .351 in 205 at-bats. His .551 slugging percentage is just 103 points less than his career minor-league OPS.
  • Toronto: J.A. Happ is 18-4, and since being acquired by the Pirates in midseason last year, Happ is 25-6 in 39 starts with a 2.93 ERA. The only two 20-game winners this season might be Happ and Rick Porcello, who’s already there after a 9-15, 4.92 2015.
  • Baltimore: Michael Bourn, who hit three homers in 329 at-bats with the Diamondbacks,  hit two in his first 12 with the Orioles, the first off lefthander Drew Smyly, the second off Cy Young candidate Justin Verlander. Maybe power is contagious: the Orioles lead MLB in homers with 226, the D’backs are 20th.
  • N.Y. Yankees: With Carlos Beltran traded, the leader among current Yankees in home runs is second baseman Starlin Castro, who has a career-high 20 (Castro had never previously hit more than 14, though he hit five of last year’s 11 in September). Gary Sanchez, who has been a Yankee for 35 games, is fifth among current Yanks, behind Castro, Brian McCann (19), Didi Gregorious (17) and Chase Headley (14).
  • Tampa Bay: The Rays are 60-82, but they may hit 200 home runs for the first time. They have 194 with 20 games left; their previous high was 199 in 2009 (Carlos Pena 39, Evan Longoria 33, Ben Zobrist 27). Unfortunately, Rays opponents have hit almost as many (184).
  • Cleveland: The Indians are last in MLB in blown saves with 11; the Giants’ Santiago Casilla has blown eight by his lonesome.
  • Detroit: Justin Verlander, whose streak of eight 200-inning seasons was ended last year by injury, reached 200 for the ninth time Sunday. He’s second in the AL behind Chris Sale (201.2) and third in MLB behind former Tiger Max Scherzer (203.2) and Sale.
  • Kansas City: The Royals have six pitchers who have thrown at least 20 home runs, led by free-agent signee Ian Kennedy’s 31 in 171.1 innings. Chris Young, who has pitched only 82 innings, has thrown 26 home runs; had Young pitched as many innings as Kennedy, he would have thrown 54 home runs. Young’s .576 slugging percentage against is the worst in MLB for pitchers with at least 80 innings.
  • White Sox: Todd Frazier tied his career high for home runs with his 35th, and his 86 RBIs are just three less than last year’s career-best of 89. His .213 average is a career-low by 21 points.
  • Minnesota: Since his most recent return from the minors, prized prospect Byron Buxton is hitting .405 (15-for-37) with five homers. Measure that against his season triple slash of .226/276/410 and career .220/267/380. It proves once again that if you send someone to Rochester often enough, eventually he won’t want to return there.
  • Texas: Second baseman Rougned Odor has hit 30 homers (and one Blue Jay), which in many years might prompt MVP consideration. This year Odor is only third in home runs by an AL second baseman, behind the Twins’ Brian Dozier (39) and the Mariners’ Robinson Cano (32).
  • Houston: After starting his career 2-for-38, rookie Alex Bregman is hitting .329 since with 23 extra-base hits in 146 at-bats. He’s at 272/325/500 and rising.
  • Seattle: Rookie Mariners closer Edwin Diaz has fanned 76 in 43 innings, an MLB-best of 15.91 every nine innings (the Yankees Dellin Betances is second at 15.64).
  • L.A. Angels: Andrew Bailey, who had a 6.40 ERA and was released by the Phillies last month, has saved three games in four hitless appearances for the Angels. Bailey’s three saves are fourth on the team and the three Angels with more (Huston Street, Joe Smith and Fernando Salas) have all been traded or injured.
  • Oakland: Marcus Semien has more homers than errors, having hit 23 of the former and committed just 18 of the latter. It might have been more fun last year, when Semien committed 35 errors, since the A’s are headed to a second straight 90-loss season.
  • Washington: Rookie Trea Turner, who hit eight home runs in the minors in 2015 in 500 plate appearances, has hit that many for the Nationals in less than half as many plate appearances (241). His 23 steals in 54 games, three more than Bryce Harper’s 20 in 132 games, also lead the Nats.
  • N.Y. Mets: Rookie Seth Lugo, who has won his last four starts, has a 2.40 ERA in 14 games; he had a 6.50 ERA in 21 games at AAA Las Vegas. What are the odds?
  • Miami: Fernando Rodney had an 0.31 ERA in 28 games with the Padres and didn’t an allow an earned run until June 21. With the Marlins, he has a 5.40 ERA and allowed 18 earned runs in 30 innings. Maybe tilting his hat to the left only works on the Left Coast.
  • Philadelphia: Adam Morgan has thrown a home run every 4.2 innings in the majors (21 in 99) but only once every 12-and-a-half  innings (4 in 50.1)  in the minors. He’s the pitcher most in need a of a bigger park.
  • Atlanta: Julio Teheran, who has a 3.01 ERA and .638 OPS against in 26 starts, has five wins. The Braves have scored 83 runs in Teheran’s starts and scored two runs or fewer in 10 of them. Two of his losses have been by 1-0.
  • Cubs: The NL Cy Young winner will be an Ivy Leaguer? Dartmouth’s Kyle Hendricks leads the NL in ERA (2.07) and OPS against (.586), each by significant margins. Those voting against him can point to innings pitched, where Hendricks is 17th in the NL. With Jon Lester (2.51, .612) and Jake Arrieta (2.91, .561), we’ll see in the playoffs what Cubs manager Joe Maddon thinks.
  • St. Louis: The Cardinals’ 15 pinch-hit home runs lead MLB. Nine Cardinals have hit pinch-homers, led by Jeremy Hazelbaker, who has hit four of his 11 off the bench.
  • Pittsburgh: Starling Marte leads all MLB outfielders with 17 assists; no other NL outfielder has more than 12. He’s also been hit by 16 pitches, the fourth straight year he’s been hit at least that many times, stolen 47 bases and batted .311.
  • Milwaukee: The Brewers, who have stolen 159 bases, lead MLB in something. Jonathan Villar is second in the NL with 53, Hernan Perez fourth with 30 and Keon Broxton, who has only 225 plate appearances, is tied for 10th with 22.
  • Cincinnati: Brandon Finnegan, one of three pitchers the Reds acquired for Johnny Cueto last season, leads the NL in allowing walks (81) and home runs (29), which is a bad combination. But it’s not all bad. In his last nine starts, he has a 2.19 ERA and hasn’t allowed a run in three of them, including Sunday’s five-inning stint against the Pirates, which would have been longer but for five more walks.
  • L.A. Dodgers: Justin Turner, whose 16 home runs last season were a career high, leads the Dodgers with 26. Three other plays have more than Adrian Gonzalez (17), who has led them the last three years: Corey Seager and Yasmani Grandal with 25 and Joc Pederson with 22.
  • San Francisco: Seven Giants have hit double-figures in home runs but none has hit more than Brandon Belt’s 15. The Giants are 13th in the NL in home runs with 117, and would be 14th but for Giancarlo Stanton’s injury.
  • Colorado: The Rockies, 27th at 4.82, won’t be last in team ERA. And away from Coors Field, the Rockies are eighth in road ERA at 3.95, the first time they’ve done so well even away from Coors since they were eighth in 2010 at 4.02, thanks to Ubaldo Jimenez (19-8, 2.88) and Jhoulys Chacin (9-11, 3.28).
  • San Diego: Rookie Ryan Schimpf has more homers (18) and doubles (15) than singles (13) in 227 at-bats. That’s how you hit .225 and slug .573.
  • Arizona: Paul Goldschmidt has more stolen bases (24) than home runs (20). He also has 100 walks, the second year in a row he’s had that many.

Correction: An earlier version said Ryan Schimpf had 11 singles.

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