We posted one of these Facts & Stats articles about a month ago and received so many positive and complimentary emails that we agreed to slap up another one. We don’t need to have our arms twisted that tightly to cave in to your requests, so back again, by popular demand, are more Facts & Stats in MLB. Enjoy and feel free to comment if you find them interesting and if there is one or more that you didn’t know and really surprised you…
Did you know that…
1. The New York Mets have won two World Series, both of which aired on Country Western radio stations in New York; WJRZ in 1969 and WHN in 1973?
2. Going into Tuesday night’s game Andre Ethier had 20 RBIs but led the N.L. at this same point last year with 55?
3. Athletics closer Grant Balfour, as of June 20th, hasn’t blown a save in more than a year? He has converted his last 34 consecutive chances.
4. The three highest batting averages over the past two seasons in the major leagues are Miguel Cabrera .339, Joey Votto .332, and Yadier Molina .327?
5. The Mets finished Monday, June 17th’s game at 1:22 a.m. and then played a day-night double-header vs the Braves making it three games played on the same calendar date? The last time this was done was on August 23, 1996 by the Cincinnati Reds; in two different cities!
6. The fastest ball thrown in the major leagues this season was by Matt Harvey (100.2mph) vs Jason Heyward of the Braves on Tuesday, June 18th?
7. A little over two weeks ago, on June 5th, the Chicago White Sox needed 17 hits, 8 pitchers, and 5 1/2 hours over 16 innings to end their 8 game losing streak as they beat the Seattle Mariners?
8. Dodger’s top prospect Yasiel Puig became the 5th player to collect 27 hits in his first 15 games? One of the other players was Joe DiMaggio.
9. Shaun Marcum with his loss to the Braves on June 19th, became the 1st Mets pitcher to start the season 0-9 since Anthony Young in 1993?
10. As of June 19th, 2B Dan Uggla leads the major leagues in strikeouts with 92 in 227 at bats?