The MLB season is amazingly getting set to reach the half-way mark as Tuesday most teams will be playing their 75th game of the season. How fast did THAT go by? And so with the All-Star break around the proverbial corner, we thought it only fitting that we come up with some of the more obscure achievements of players and teams as MLB completes it’s third month of games. See how many of these you really knew…but be honest.
1. BEST BATTING AVERAGE WITH 2 STRIKES: Joey Votto- Most of you do know what an outstanding season Votto is having so far this year, but in case you didn’t he has played in 20 games in June and through June 23rd has 10 multi-hit games. What that has done is raise his batting average 31 points from 3.29 to .360!
But aside from being a mega star slugger, here’s something you might not know; through 233 at bats this season, Votto is hitting .266 when he has two strikes on him. The league average is 90 points lower at .176. How’s that for an amazing stat!
2. BEST OFF-SEASON TRADE: Melky Cabrera-What a steal this was! The S. F. Giants should be charged with a felony for the theft they pulled off acquiring Melky Cabrera from the Kansas City Royals! The soon to be 28 year old has been enjoying an MVP season and is one of the main reasons that the Giants are 8 games over .500 and 3 games out of first place in the N.L. West.
For starters Cabrera has the most hits the majors (102) as of Sunday. His .355 batting average which is 73 points higher than his career average, puts him in second place behind the aforementioned Joey Votto (.360). His 49 runs scored ties him for second in the N.L. and third in MLB. Was there any other trade in the off-season bigger than this one?
3. THE CATCHER WHO IS THE HARDEST TO RUN ON: Let’s see if you can guess which one of the following five it is:
- Miguel Olivo– Mariners
- Buster Posey-Giants
- Yadier Molina-Cardinals
- Matt Wieters-Orioles
- Joe Mauer-Twins
If you guessed #3, Yadier Molina, then you’re correct! Molina is the winner of four straight Gold Gloves and is also the active career leader in caught-stealing percentage 43.7. Molina also leads the league in pickoffs with 41 while his closest rival, who happens to be his brother Jose who catches for the Tampa Bay Rays, is next with 23.
4. WORST TEAM IN MLB: Chicago Cubs- They are currently in last place in the N. L. Central Division, 15.5 games behind the 1st place Cincinnati Reds. Since May 15th they have lost 20 of their last 24 games and are 24 games under .500. Their OBP is .302, 28th in the league and their OPS of .686 which ranks them 25th. Their pitching isn’t much better either as they have a team ERA of 4.42 which puts them at 26th in the league. But worst of all they are on target to finish with close to 105 losses; another miserable year for Cub fans…