Welcome to another edition of ‘Marty's Musings, my weekly column of numbers summarizing the past week in Major League Baseball. I am your guide for taking an analytic look at the prior week and the upcoming matchups to watch, identifying numbers that are generally not found in a standard box score.
This week Jose Fernandez and Matt Moore returned to the mound, Carlos Carrasco nearly made history and the Twins called up their star ‘Pelotero', Miguel Sano; it's all in this week's installment of Marty's Musings.
Here are this week's Numbers Beyond the Box Score:
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6 - Number of innings thrown by Jose Fernandez in his season debut against the Giants on Thursday. Fernandez went six innings and gave up three runs on seven hits. He also hit a home run (because he's Jose Flippin' Fernandez!). The young righty has still yet to lose a game at home since being called up by the Marlins in 2013. In Miami, he has a 2.23 FIP and a 2.69 xFIP for his career.
26 - Numbers of batters retired without giving up a hit before Carlos Carrasco lost his no-no bid against the Rays on Wednesday night. Carrasco was one strike away from posting the Indians first no hitter in 34 years before Joey Butler scorched a hit above Jason Kipnis' glove. This was the third game in a row a Cleveland starter was perfect through five innings ---- the first time that's ever happened in the Expansion Era (since 1961).
3 - Runs scored by the Chicago Cubs in their two victories over the Mets last week. The Mets offense continues to sputter. Chicago pitches kept them in the games late and ultimately won two of three games at Citi Field. The Mets have already lost eight games when giving up one or two runs which is as many as they lost all of last season.
19 - Stolen bases for Billy Hamilton in the month of June. He wreaks havoc on the basepaths, and to put the 19 stolen bases into perspective (he has 40 on the year) the Dodgers have 16 stolen bases so far this season. Hamilton has struggled to get on base; his June OBP of .301 is his highest OBP month.
20 - Total home runs by Joc Pederson so far this season. Pederson joined Albert Pujols last week as the only National League rookie to reach 20 dingers prior to the All-Star break. He has broken into the majors as a legitimate power force and so far has a weighted on base average of .381 and a weighted runs created 48 percent better than league average.
6 - Projected missed weeks for Tigers' slugger Miguel Cabrera. We lost Stanton last week, and this week Miggy came up lame rounding first base, and had to leave the game with a grade three calf strain. This is a huge blow for the Tigers who are hovering around .500 and six games behind the Royals in the Central.
21 - While we are touting home run achievements, Mike Trout smashed his 21st of the year last week. He is only the sixth American League player ever with four 20+ homer seasons prior to entering their age 24 season. He's in pretty good company: Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Conigliaro, Mickey Mantle, and Ted Williams.
115 - Strikeouts for Chris Sale over his last ten starts. During this stretch he has thrown 76 innings and giving up only 44 hits. He should be in line to start the All-Star Game for the American League and remains one of the bright spots for the White Sox. Sale currently has a 2.28 xFIP and has already been worth nearly four wins (fWAR) for Chicago.
48 - Number of wins for the Houston Astros, who remain in first place in the American League West. The ‘stros lost two out of three at Fenway over the weekend, but should still be able to get to 51 wins prior to the All Star break. Why is 51 interesting? It's the total number of wins for the 2013 Astros.
What to Watch
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Monday, July 6
Dallas Keuchel (HOU) v. Carlos Carrasco (CLE)
In Carrasco's last start, the Rays swung at 67 of the 124 pitches; a 45 percent whiff rate, which is more than double the league average. He may feast on the free-swinging Astros Monday night, but goes up against one of the American League's biggest pitching surprises in Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel comes into the game with a 2.78 xFIP and a 2.03 earned run average.
Tuesday, June 7
Johnny Cueto (CIN) v. Max Scherzer (WAS)
Cueto still remains a trade target for many teams, despite some questions regarding his long-term health. Scherzer is having a career year, likely will start the All-Star Game for the National League, and is coming off one of the best months from a pitcher we've seen in years.
Friday, July 10
Lance Lynn (STL) v. Gerrit Cole (PIT)
The Pirates have been playing out of their minds, 17-9 (a .654 winning percentage in June) but are still six games behind the Cards who went 18-8. Lynn has been magnificent recently and has not given up more than two runs since May 22. Gerrit Cole has been equally brilliant save for a rough outing against Cincy on the 24th of June.
Saturday June 11
Chris Sale (CHW) v. Kyle Hendricks(CHC)
A battle of Chicago, with the ChiSox ace going up against a Cubs team that is primed for a playoff run. The Cubs may be 8.5 games behind the division leading Cardinals, but have entered July with aspirations for a wildcard bid. In his last two starts, Hendricks went 13.1 strong and did not give up any runs.
*All matchups as of Sunday evening