Oddities and Statistical Facts, Week 6
Welcome back to another edition of random statistical facts and oddities from the week that was Texas Rangers baseball.
Week Six featured a player’s first career home run and another’s 400th. Both of them have their own stories. There were several things that were less important, but little fun things nonetheless.
Thomas Field‘s first career long ball came in his Ranger debut. With this act, the 28-year old became the 34th player in franchise history to go yard in the first game with the Rangers (including Washington D.C. era). Last player to accomplish the feat was Jurickson Profar on September 2nd, 2012.
Alex Claudio came into the game with one out in the seventh, relieving Nick Martinez. Three pitches later, he gave up a solo home run to Mike Moustakas. That was it for him. If you seem to remember reading this sentence in last week’s recap, it’s not déjà vu all over again. It was his second one-batter faced, one-home run outing in a mere five days. Going so, he became the 23rd pitcher in known history to have two such outings in a season. With more than two-thirds of the season left in 2015, the Puerto Rican southpaw has a chance to be the first pitcher ever to have three in a single season.
|1||Ron Willis||1967||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-0.4||STL|
|2||Ron Villone||2008||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-0.3||STL|
|3||Joe Thatcher||2013||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-0.6||SDP,ARI|
|4||Rudy Seanez||1995||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-0.8||LAD|
|5||Fred Scherman||1975||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-0.5||HOU,MON|
|6||Sean Runyan||1998||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||3||3||3||-0.7||DET|
|7||Dennys Reyes||2008||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-0.5||MIN|
|8||Billy Pierce||1963||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-0.8||SFG|
|9||Mike Myers||2003||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-0.5||ARI|
|10||Rob Murphy||1990||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||3||3||3||-0.2||BOS|
|11||Kent Mercker||2004||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-0.4||CHC|
|12||Scott Linebrink||2008||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-0.7||CHW|
|13||Cal Koonce||1970||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-0.5||NYM,BOS|
|14||Byung-Hyun Kim||2001||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||3||3||3||-1.1||ARI|
|15||Shawn Kelley||2012||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-0.4||SEA|
|16||Bob Howry||2009||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||1||2||-0.4||SFG|
|17||Brian Holton||1987||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-0.4||LAD|
|18||Trevor Hoffman||1995||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-1.0||SDP|
|19||Luke Gregerson||2010||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-0.7||SDP|
|20||Jose Contreras||2010||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-0.7||PHI|
|21||Alex Claudio||2015||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-0.3||TEX|
|22||Jim Brewer||1970||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-0.7||LAD|
|23||Randy Bockus||1987||2||Ind. Games||inf||0.0||2||2||2||-0.2||SFG|
A little history was made this night. Fort Worth native Yovani Gallardo took the mound for the Rangers while the Royals sent out young flamethrower Yordano Ventura. It was the first time in major league history in which both starters’ first names started with Y. Though the game turned out to be a blowout early as the Rangers took a 5-0 lead by the end of the third inning. Not quite yo-yo-esque.
I have to throw in a little anecdote to Adrian Beltre‘s 400th career home run saga. In the history of baseball, all the way back to 1871, there are only two third baseman with at least 400 home runs and 2500 hits in career. One is Beltre, the other is Chipper Jones. You know these simple stats don’t tell a player’s overall value entirely, but these are also what the Hall of Fame voters care about. If you think Jones is a bona fide first ballot HOFer, (yes, I agree) but remember, so is Adrian Beltre.
Getting picked off and caught stealing in the 8th, Elvis Andrus tied with Toby Harrah for the franchise record, 69.